A lot of women who are experiencing menstrual cramps. Each month, the lining of the uterus of a woman produces chemicals called prostaglandins that help the muscles of the uterus to contact and expel tissue and fluids during menstruation. The average time high level of this prostaglandin causes pain or muscle contractions of the uterus.
10 Natural Remedies For Menstrual Cramps
If you are in this class of those who suffer from it, and if over-the-counter medications don’t help your pain, consider alternative remedies. Natural remedies tend not to have side effects and should give you some relief:
- 1. Heating pad. Not just any heating pad though. Most store bought heating pads don’t get very hot. Look for Thermophore because they’re known for intense moist heat.
- 2. Hot Tea. Dong Quai is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to alleviate menstrual cramps and PMS. The hot water will also soothe cramped muscles.
- 3. Yoga. Doing yoga stretches cramped muscles and relieves back pain. Even just a few minutes of yoga poses can give you some relief.
- 4. Hot bath. For years I only took showers during my period. The idea of steeping in my own juices was just not appealing until one day my significant other said, ‘Take a hot bath.’ Duh. It works wonders. Fill the tub with epsom salts which are made of magnesium to speed muscle relaxation.
- 5. Magnesium. This mineral is a natural muscle relaxant and a stool softener. Careful though — take too much and it will give you diarrhea.
- 6. Aromatherapy. Plants contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can help balance your hormones. Mix your own essential oil blend or buy one targeted for PMS.
- 7. Chiropractic. Spinal manipulation has a direct effect on your nervous system. A spinal adjustment takes the pressure off soft tissues and can bring instant relief.
- 8. Acupuncture. We all have energy flowing through us — chi. When chi is blocked, illness results. Acupuncture releases blocked energy and restores health. Your acupuncturist will most likely give you some Chinese herbs. Make sure to take them so you get the full benefit of the treatment.
- 9. Acupressure. Like acupuncture, but without the needles. You or a partner use fingers to relieve pain by pressing on certain pressure points. Acupressure can also trigger the release of endorphins — neurochemicals that help relieve pain.
- 10. Massage. A professional massage is always a pain and stress reliever, but in a pinch self massage is good too. Massage is proven to release endorphins. Use an aromatherapy blend to relieve cramped muscles.
Here are some self-help home remedies for some relief:
- Getting the balance: having lots of sweet and salty foods at the same time is not good enough for the body’s system. However, a healthy diet does not cure menstrual cramps, but it can improve the system and also their sense of well-being. Cut salt and sweet junk foods and eat more vegetables, fruits and fish.
- Take a daily dose of vitamins and minerals reduce menstrual cramps. On a daily basis, take a multivitamin and mineral supplement containing calcium and should be taken several times a day after meals. It is believed that women taking calcium suffer less pain from muscle contractions of the uterus than those who do not. Some minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium may play well in relieving menstrual pain. Magnesium is important because it helps the body absorb calcium more efficiently.
- Cut the caffeine is the belief that the caffeine in coffee, tea, cola and chocolate can contribute to menstrual discomfort, making you nervous. And the oil in coffee also supplies the intestine, so cut back on caffeine altogether.
- Become without alcohol: water supply that contains alcohol will only add to your problem. If you must take at all, limit yourself to one glass of wine only light.
- Walk Out: Walking is the best thing to do for yourself. A brisk walk or you can hire some form of moderate exercise at all times. When you feel much better when it arrives.
- Make love, have sex with orgasm is great, will relieve menstrual pain. This will help the blood and other fluids away from congested organs to relieve pain.
My Experience – Exercise the Silver Bullet For Menstrual Cramps
My periods were never lighter and more pain free than when I was doing an intense exercise program. Sure enough, as soon as I slacked off from exercising symptoms of PMS crept back in. Why does exercise help so much?
It’s easy enough to say ‘exercise more’ but when you’re in pain and feeling bloated there’s nothing you’d rather not do. However, exercising prior to the beginning of your period does decrease symptoms of PMS.
Exercising helps keep your back healthy by allowing discs to exchange fluid which is how the disc receives its nutrition. A healthy disc will swell with water and squeeze it out, similar to the action of a sponge. This sponge action distributes nutrients to the disc.
Fight PMS before it strikes. Exercising helps circulate oxygen and nutrients to cells more efficiently. You’ll feel less lethargic, and working up a sweat helps reduce water retention.
Do you turn into a wicked witch each month? Exercise increases endorphins — the ‘feel good’ hormones. Some studies show that endorphins stabilize blood sugar and thereby decrease your craving for sweets and carbohydrates.
Try yoga or pilates. Both will help lengthen tight muscles. The meditative qualities of yoga has the added benefit of helping to reduce mental stress. Pilates is low impact and won’t increase pain to an already sensitive body.
Whatever exercise program you choose, make sure to find something you can stick with. There’s no benefit to it if you don’t do it regularly.
Hopefully these tips have been helpful.