Menstruation is a common occurrence in every woman’s life. Unwanted pain and cramps are part and parcel of this occurrence. It is like meeting a guest you do not want to see in your life. These cramps may not stay for long. But the little time it stays, surely leaves an impact. If this pain continues for more than 48 hours it is better to consult a doctor. Otherwise, you can use some of these measures to save yourself from the recurring nightmare.
Herbal Home Remedies to Treat Menstrual Cramps
Exercising is one of the easiest ways to ward off this problem. Walking helps in reducing menstrual cramps because it improves circulation of pelvic organs. While walking, do not strain yourself; walk in a relaxed fashion by moving your arms and hips freely.
A warm bath or a heating pad may just do the trick. Keep the heating pad on the small of your back. It relaxes the muscle spasms and also alleviates cramping pain.
If you are planning to move out in cold weather, see to it, that you are wearing a warm jacket that covers your hips. The heat of the jacket relaxes your pelvic muscles by keep it warm.
Gingerroot tea can relieve menstrual cramps. Simmer handful gingerroot, cut in slices for 15 minutes. Let it cool to drink later.
Calcium helps to prevent menstrual cramps as it maintains the normal muscle tone. During menses muscles that lack calcium tend to become hyperactive causing cramps. Therefore increasing calcium helps in reducing menstrual cramps. Try to consume 800 milligrams a day which nearly equals three cups of milk.
Magnesium increases body’s calcium absorption capacity, therefore reducing menstrual cramps. Foods that possess properties are beans, whole grains such as buckwheat and whole wheat flour, salmon, shrimp, tofu, vegetables and nuts.
Holistic and relaxation techniques like acupuncture may help in clearing menstrual problems.
Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) is one of the most ancient and useful herbs used to treat menstrual cramps. It helps in easing severe cramps that causes nausea, vomiting and sweaty chills.
Black cohosh is another ancient medicine used for relieving menstrual cramps. It can be taken in several forms including crude plant, dried root, or rhizome, or as a solid, dry powdered extract. The recommended amount is 20-40 mg twice per day and to be continued for six months.
Blue cohosh is completely different from black cohosh. This too, has been used traditionally to ease painful menstrual periods. Generally taken in tincture form one should not drink more than 1-2 ml three times a day. Once you become pregnant, stop using this herb, as it may cause heart problems in your child.
False unicorn is mostly taken as a tincture, 2-5 ml three times per day. You can consume dried root 1-2 grams thrice daily. It is usually taken with other herbs that help female reproductive organs.
Have a tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel with two pinches of black pepper thrice a day. This will help too.
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