Many women experience painful periods and are unaware of the effective natural remedies that can make their periods less complicating.
Most women do wonder why they have to suffer cramps in the first place. The explanation lies in the fact that the uterus must shed its natural lining each month - a job that requires the uterine muscle to contract. As it contracts, blood vessels that supply the uterus become constricted, which reduces blood flow and results in pain.
For most women, the hormonal changes that trigger menstruation may be more pronounced, causing the uterus to contract overzealously - and more painfully. From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, excessive menstrual pain is considered a condition of "stagnation." Stagnation refers to a lack of energy (in this case, blood) flowing through an organ. With menstrual cramps, stagnation is thought to lodge in the lower abdomen and become irritated or activated when the body tries to start shedding tissue.
Without much ado, here are 6 ways to stop period pain.
1) Take more supplements
Take calcium and magnesium supplements throughout the month, as these nutrients work in concert to aid muscle relaxation. You should aim for a total of about 1000mg of calcium daily, and up to 500mg of magnesium daily. If you experience loose stools, reduce the dose.
2) Try a cup of tea each
Raspberry leaf is considered to be a mild uterine tonic. Try a cup of raspberry leaf tea each day throughout the month. Keep in mind you are looking for herbal tea, not raspberry-flavored black tea!
3) Eat more greens
Dark leafy greens are a dietary source of magnesium, calcium, and countless other micronutrients. These nutrients are essential for mediating muscle contractions. In Chinese dietary therapy, dark green vegetables are also considered to be mildly cleansing, which is what the body needs in a “stagnation” condition. Some greens such as dandelion greens (very bitter, but very helpful) also have a mild diuretic effect, which reduces bloating.
4) Reduce coffee intake
Caffeine, especially from coffee, is a well-known vasoconstrictor – it makes blood vessels constrict. Indeed, it may cause the vessels that feed the uterus to tighten more than they do in non-coffee drinkers. If you’re a diehard coffee drinker and can’t cut it out entirely, try avoiding it just in the week before your period and see if you notice a change.
5) Use a heating pad
A heating pad or hot water bottle is a simple, tested, and trusted way to reduce muscle spasms. So, try it out.
6) Try Acupuncture
Certain acupuncture points are thought to regulate blood flow through the abdominal cavity and relax the nervous system, which can help calm muscular contractions. Studies show that acupuncture is just as effective as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines for reducing pain.
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