Menstrual cramps home remedies
In this article I am going to discuss about menstrual cramps home remedies, a condition also known as Dysmenorrhea.
Menstrual cramps are of two types, primary and secondary. Dysmenorrhea is the most common problem with women. Nearly 90% get affected by this condition.
The main symptom of menstrual cramps is a pain in lower abdomen or in the umbilical region or in the suprapabic region of the abdomen. This pain may radiate to the thighs and lower back. Dysmenorrhea is often related to the changes occurring at hormonal levels in all women. Nausea, vomiting, headaches, irritation, anxiety, constipation, burning sensation are all the symptoms that can occur along with abdominal pain.
Molecular compounds called prostaglandins are released during menstruation. Release of prostaglandins and other inflammatory mediators in the uterus cause the uterus to contract. These substances are thought to be a major factor in primary Dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps.
Dysmenorrhea is called ‘Primary’ when there is no specific abnormality. Secondary Dysmenorrhea may be caused by endometriosis, fibroid tumors or due to infection in the pelvic region.
The most common and popular choice to treat menstrual cramps is “Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These include Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen. But there could be certain side effects of these NSAID drugs.
Menstrual cramps home remedies that work-
Magnesium is useful to relieve menstrual cramps. Sources
Nuts, Green leafy vegetable and whole grains, Spinach, Yogurt, Peas.
Take Herbal teas like – Mint, Blackberry, and Chamomile.
Clinical studies have suggested that calcium supplementation provides relief during this time especially in the women over 40.
Take a piece of ginger; boil it in a cup of water. Filter it and drink it once a day or one can increase the amount of ginger in cooking.
Drink pineapple juice. Pineapple contains bromelain which is known for its muscle relaxant properties.
Carrot and Beet juice is advisable 2 to 3 times a day.
Take dietary fiber via Orange pulp, raw carrots and broccoli
When one feels congestion in the pelvic region, intake of a warm beverage is helpful, so that the blood flow gets increased which in turn can relax the muscles.
Basil contains pain killing active compounds. Hence it helps to relieve menstrual cramps. Take 17 to 18 Basil leaves, boil in water, filter it and drink this water twice a day.
Cinnamon is also useful to relieve pain of Dysmenorrhea. Sprinkle cinnamon powder on food or while taking tea.
Omega 3 fatty acids are also useful to reduce menstrual cramps. Sources – Flax seed oil, cod liver oil.
Fresh green vegetables, specially cabbage and spinach, help reduce menstrual cramps.
Meditation and yoga are techniques useful to relieve the symptoms of menstrual cramps.
I hope my menstrual cramps home remedies will help one and all. Some products like Basil and Cinnamon are also available as herbal supplements.
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By Veena Deo
Dr. Veena Deo is an expert Herbalist, a consultant and the author of this page.
All the information provided above and opinions expressed above should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. Any statements made above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.