New Delhi: Feeling down and bloated? Severe low back pain? Yes, it is that time of the month again when your uterus turns into a bloodbath. Dysmenorrhea, also known as menstrual cramps, or painful periods, affects 1 in every 5 women, according to the report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Menstrual cramps may be caused by identifiable problems, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. However, hormone-like substances called prostaglandins can trigger this process. Prostaglandins are chemicals that cause the uterine muscles to contract painfully during menstruation. This can result in throbbing pain in the lower abdomen which can radiate back to the thighs and lower back. Read: The importance of tracking menstrual cycles – Here are two surprising reasons
Generally, menstrual cramps don’t cause any other medical complications, but, dealing with this process every month can be one of the worst nightmares for girls and women. But there are many effective natural remedies that can help ease the pain and discomfort caused by your periods. Here are top ten home remedies that will help you keep those menstrual cramps in check.
Drink chamomile tea
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties which may help reduce the production of prostaglandin, thereby decreasing the period cramps significantly. Read – Akshay Kumar’s ‘PadMan’ confronts period taboo in India: 11 menstrual hygiene tips every woman should know
Message with sesame oil
A traditional ingredient in the Ayurvedic self-massage sessions, sesame is rich in linoleic acid, possesses antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Massaging the lower abdomen with sesame oil helps a lot in curbing period pain.
Soak fenugreek seeds in water for 12 hours and imbibe it on an empty stomach, preferably early in the morning. This will help in dealing with menstrual cramps.
For an easy period pain relief trick, apply heat on your lower abdomen. Apply a heating pad or a hot water bottle on your lower abdomen and lie down. Sipping on warm fluids or taking a hot water bath can also provide some relief. Read: Seven home remedies to stop hair fall and regrow your tresses
Cumin seeds can be used to make herbal tea to deal with menstrual cramps. The anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of cumin coupled with its relaxing effect make it very effective to treat period pain.
This one is another effective herb to reduce cramps and menstrual pain. Basil has caffeic acid which has analgesic or pain-killing properties. Add one tablespoon of basil leaves to one cup of boiling water. Allow it to cool. Drink this concoction every few hours to ease the pain. You can also crush a handful of basil leaves to extract the juice. Add this juice to a cup of warm water. And consume it three times daily to reduce menstrual pain. Read: Five effective home remedies for fever and sore throats
Cinnamon has anticlotting, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties that can help deal with menstrual cramps. Moreover, cinnamon is a rich source of dietary fiber, iron, calcium, and manganese.
Mix one-fourth teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a cup of hot water. Mix it well. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then add honey and drink it. For better results, start drinking 1-2 cups of cinnamon tea prior to 2 days of your cycle.
The phytoestrogenic, anti-spasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties of fennel are proven to help relax the muscles in the uterus. This, in turn, relieves menstrual cramps and the associated discomfort.
Add a teaspoon of fennel to a cup of boiling mixture. Simmer it on low heat. Remove it from the heat and strain the tea. Add a teaspoon of honey to it and mix well. Drink this herbal tea twice a day. Make sure that you start drinking this tea three days prior to the start of your cycle. Drink it hot to achiever the best results. Read: Cure your toothache with these 10 home remedies
This substance is filled with all the goodness of potassium, calcium, vitamin B6, selenium, iron, magnesium. It helps in reducing blood clots and soothes the muscles of the uterine walls, which in turn lessens the menstrual cramps.
You can add two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to a cup of warm milk. Drink it as soon as you start experiencing cramps and continue for as long as you require it.
While this might seem out of the question at first, numerous studies have shown that exercise can help banish period pain. Some yogasanas like shavasana or pranayama may help in providing period pain relief. Exercises increase the circulation to the pelvic region and releases endorphins to counteract the prostaglandins, and thus provide relief.
These are some of the home remedies that may ease the pain. However, it’s best to see a doctor to rule out more serious health issues, if the pain worsens, or your period cramps seem severe despite trying some of these options.