Natural Cures for Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps are the cramping in the lower abdomen, back, or thighs. You may also have headaches, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness, or fainting. This happens usually in the first or second day of the menstrual cycle. These are caused contractions of the uterus as it expels its unneeded contents, and also by the passage of clotted blood through the cervix.

Menstrual Cramps are also known as Dysmenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Amenorrhea, or Heavy menstrual bleeding. This disorder is traceable to a debilitated and toxic condition of the system in general and of the sex organs in particular due to a wrong diet, wrong style of living and nervous exhaustion.

How To Reduce The Menstrual Pain Naturally?

The diet factor is of the utmost importance. Fruits and salads , nature’s body-cleansing and health-restoring foods, must be taken to restore the balance.

The sufferer from menstrual disorders should begin with an all-fruit diet for about 2-5 days depending on her condition. In this regimen, the patient should have three meals a day of fresh, juicy fruits and vegetables such as :

Apples, pears, grapes, papaya, oranges, pineapple, peaches and melon, prunes, cherry, spinach, lettuce turnips and beet.

Suggested Vegetables.....

Carrot , cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, tomatoes, radish, red beets and onion and mung bean sprouts.

Fruit Juices.....

Lukewarm water mixed with the freshly squeezed juice of half a lime and a spoon of honey, carrot juice, sugarcane juice, apple juice and fresh milk (this is not fruit juice).

What kind of food to be avoided during Menstrual Cramps?

The foods which should be avoided/ lessen are white-flour products, sugar, confectionery, rich cakes, pastries, sweets, refined cereals, flesh foods, rich, heavy, or greasy foods, tinned or preserved foods, strong tea, coffee, caffeine, pickles, condiments and sauces. Smoking and Drinking Alcohol, if habitual, should be given up completely as it aggravates menstrual disorders.

Vitamins for Menstrual Cramps.

Zinc, calcium, and B vitamins obtained in food and supplements have been found to reduce cramps, bloating and other symptoms.

Herbal Remedies for Menstrual Cramps.

Herbal remedies such as Viburnum prunifolium, Scutellaria spp., and Cimicifuga raemosa have an antispasmodic effect that may reduce some menstrual cramps.

Hydrotherapy for Menstrual Cramps.

A warm bath filled with aromatherapy or a heating pad on your lower abdomen and back is often helpful for relieving menstrual cramping.

Other Remedies for Menstrual Cramps.
  • Certain remedies have been found useful in menstrual disorders. Cooked banana flower eaten with curd is one of the more important of such remedies. The banana flower appears to increase progesterone hormone and reduce the bleeding.
  • Beet juice has been found very effective for menstrual disorders.
  • Coriander seeds are highly beneficial in the treatment of excessive menstruation.
  • Ginger has been useful in menstrual disorders.
  • Sesame seeds are also useful in menstrual disorders.
  • Safflower seeds have also been found to be beneficial in the treatment of painful menstruation. Dried flowers mixed with confection of rose can also be
    given as a medicine for this purpose.
Simple menstrual cramps exercises.
  • Lie down and elevate your legs by putting a pillow under your knees.
  • Lie on your side and bring your knees up to your chest. This will help relieve back pressure.
  • Try using sanitary napkins instead of tampons.
  • Get regular exercise like walking. This improves blood flow and may decrease pain.

sources - Womenshealth, WebMd, Medicine Net

Comments

16 Responses to “Natural Cures for Menstrual Cramps”

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Maketta said...
1:52 AM

My sister used to also suffer from menstrual cramps horribly. Now she doesn't have that problem anymore. She found something that really worked for her: http://myhealthessentials.blogspot.com/2006/12/help-for-women-who-suffer-from.html

Ellie said...
6:20 AM

Raspberry leaf tea seems to help as well.

fellow sufferer,
Ellie

Anonymous said...
12:21 PM

Aromatherapy works too:

1 ounce carrier oil such as sweet almond
15 drops Peppermint
10 drops Cypress
5 drops Lavender
Directions: Mix oils well in a clean, dark-colored glass container. Gently message a small amount into the abdominal area.

Anonymous said...
6:20 AM

I know it varies from person to person, but I have found that a glass of wine lessens the severity of my cramps dramatically. Was relieved to discover this after trying lots of other cures.

dawn said...
1:57 AM

i agree on the fact that it varies from person to person, but my period is horrible. i do not get back pain or headaces, but i have very painful abdominal cramps. i have even passed out a few times because of my low iron and loosing blood. but my period last about 7 days, and the first 3-4 days are all cramping. i have tried every medication, even doctor recomandations. nothing works for me.

Anonymous said...
7:25 AM

smoke a joint...honestly...i swear to G-d, it takes all the pain away INSTANTLY. trust. peace & good luck.

Anonymous said...
1:37 AM

I can't try any of these.

Melissa15 said...
12:05 AM

I am 15 years old and have been suffering from severe cramping in my back, legs, and abdomen for 4 years and I have found that eating bananas, and yogurt right before cramps should start can help a lot. A small piece of chocolate when the cramps get to bad can lessen the pain, and if you suffer from diarrhea sitting on the toilet for 15 - 20 minutes with your legs straight out in front of you or up on the ledge of the toilet can help. Hope this helps <3

Light11 said...
10:17 PM

Take castor oil and massage it into pelvic region,then use a heating pad or heating compress. This works wonders in about 5 minutes. Also Womens Moon cycle tea is great, take lots of vitamin B complex, and Calcium. Also the best is try a Mayan Abdominal Massage, if there is is therapist in your area who does it. These all work and I use to suffer BIG time now my cramps are under control.

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Louise said...
12:18 PM

I did enjoy reading natural remedies to help soothe those sometimes rough periods.

HOWEVER, I find it incredibly annoying and disrespectful to women to constantly refer to this natural bleeding as "MENSTRUAL DISORDERS" There is nothing disorderly that keeps women so attuned to the earth.

It makes me think that the writer of this article is a man who should not be writing anything about women because obviously he doesn't understand shit about what makes us special and of course beautiful.

Mandi-Lisa said...
9:52 PM

Louise....the writer was not referring to the bleeding as the disorder but the pain we get with it...disorder by definition: An ailment that affects the function of mind or body. While that is what I get every month too along with everyone here. It is not normal...it affects my body. Normal is menstruation without the pain.

Pain indicates there is something wrong...we have a build up of toxins in our bodies and these toxins show themselves in our weak points through a disease or ailment. So I think a detox juicing just fruit and veg will be good idea...this gets necessary vitamins into the blood stream fast. We need to change our diets and stop putting toxins in the body....remember toxins don't just come from foods but from our water system...the air...the person smoking next to you etc... the body naturally cures you but if there are too many toxins to cope...hello pain.

I am going to try the fruit diet along with juicing...sure hope I have a better month next month...

jennifer said...
8:37 PM

I had my tubes tide a few years ago and the pain is unbelievable its really hard for me to do my normal activities when it's that time it really feels like I'm having labor pains please somebody what can I do none of the over the counter medication helps and I'm so tired of hurting what can I do

12:09 PM

Combining milk tea and heating pads is my best solution for dysmenorrhea. I use Helios Heater Heating Pads (http://www.heliosheater.com/) because I can use it over and over again so it saves me money. I can feel it sending waves of constant heat to really reach inside my abdominal muscles so it can give me pain relief in just ten minutes.

blogbastercool said...
2:24 PM

Useful article, thanks. I just wish there was a cure for leg cramps. Anybody else get leg cramps on their period? How to Get Rid of Period Cramps: 10 Real-World Answers