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5 Natural Extracts That Help Relieve Menstrual Cramps

Imagine a feeling of incessant pains around your pelvic region for a couple of days, men certainly might not understand in detail the pains most women go through on a monthly basis due to menstruation coupled with emotional swings. Cramps affect many people before and during their period. While some people only experience mild cramps, others aren’t quite as lucky.

Sometimes, the pain from period cramps can be extreme and make a serious dent in your daily life as they are caused by the regular contraction and relaxation of the wall lining. However, there are known natural products that extracted and help relieve the pains if taken around such time, these extracts are usually in the form of herbs and they work within the body to limit adverse effects of endorphins released in the body at such times, Here are a few herbs that might help relieve your period pains;

Chamomile Tea

Studies have shown that chamomile tea increases urinary levels of glycine in its confirmed form, as this assists to relieve muscle spasms. Glycine works as a nerve relaxant. Chamomile tea is full of anti-inflammatory substances that inhibit prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are made by cells in the endometrium of the uterus. These cells release prostaglandins during period causing muscle contractions of the uterus, pain, and cramps which ranges to nausea, vomiting and headaches , however sipping chamomile tea inhibits pain-causing prostaglandins and enhances menstrual flow to ease period symptoms.

Fennel Seeds

Studies in 2012 showed that extract of fennel seeds effected relief in group of young girls as placebo group reported none, Researchers believe fennel inhibits uterine contractions that are stimulated by prostaglandins. Fennel extract may be a good option for the approximately 10 percent of women who can't do their normal activities for 1 to 3 days during their periods due to severe menstrual cramps.


Cinnamon reduces bleeding, pain, nausea, and vomiting in women. Cinnamon doesn't have side effects as revealed in studies, Try a sprinkle of cinnamon on your cereal or cup of hot cocoa. It can't hurt and it might help your cramps and other period symptoms. You can use 840 mg of cinnamon capsules three times a day during the first three days of your period.


Ginger has been said to be be as powerful as ibuprofen as a pain reliever, Try a little ginger if you'd like a drug-free alternative for period pain relief. One research on university students found that 250 mg of ginger powder four times a day for three days helped with pain relief.


Pycnogenol is a plant extract derived from the maritime pine tree found in the southwestern region of France. The extract contains several potent antioxidant compounds. Studies showed that women within age of 18 - 48 years who experienced dysmenorrhea showed significant results of less pain when they took up to 60ml of pycnogenol extract. So, pycnogenol may help relieve severe pain associated with period on the immediate and longer term as it reduces heavy bleeding and heavy use of medication.

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