The Best Herbal Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

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By Hot Health January 11, 2017 09:52
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The Best Herbal Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

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Herbal Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

During that time of the month, cramps can make you feel like someone is playing a punching game on your uterus. Medically known as dysmenorrhea, menstrual cramps can vary in intensity from woman to woman depending on various factors like age, sexual and physical activity, blood flow etc. Many physicians have reported that menstrual cramps are broadly either primary—caused by the very commencement of the menstrual cycle especially in young women—and secondary—caused by other health conditions such as ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors and endometriosis. Herbal remedies may help alleviate the pain associated with menstrual cramping.

Menstrual cramps are experienced when the uterus contracts while bleeding. This contraction is traced backed to a hormone-like substance prostaglandins. Though there are plenty of doctor-recommended oral contraceptives that ease the pain of menstruation, one may want to take a look at the natural alternatives before hooking themselves on medical drugs.

Regulated physical activity of the body helps in reducing the intensity of cramps in most women. Some women’s immunity system resist better to cramps when their diet is supplemented with calcium and zinc. Some common remedies for menstrual cramps irrespective of their intensity include taking a bath with warm water, using hot-water bottle to provide heat for the area where cramps occur or using aromatherapy.

If you do not like the market-made heating pads, you can make one for yourself at home by filling a sock with rice and heating it in the microwave. Regulating the amount of salt intake and increasing water intake also helps in decreasing bloating and cramps while menstruation. Some studies show that reduced intake of alcohol, caffeine and sugar results in less cramps or cramps with low intensity (these 9 foods worsen your menstrual cramps).

Moving onto herbs, anti-spasmodic herbal remedies are extremely effective. Black cohosh, Yarrow, Chamomile, Valerian and Feverfew are some herbs which provide instant relief. Recent studies reveal that Chinese herbal remedies are overshadowing the traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory treatments owing to their increased effects. For up to three months of regular follow-up, Chinese herbal remedies provide better relief from pain as compared to over-the-counter herbal remedies as well as acupressure and acupuncture.

For women who do prefer to take modern medication for their cramps, over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help decrease the extremity of cramps when taken after a gap of 24 hours one or two days before the start of bleeding. Other option to ease the pain is acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol.

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By Hot Health January 11, 2017 09:52
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