Many women suffer from excessive pain during menstruation. The pain may cramp during heavy bleeding, a dragging or throbbing sensation in the pelvic region, backache, heaviness in the thighs or griping pains in the lower abdomen. If you are certain that there are no physiological or medical reasons for the pain (endometriosis, polycystic ovarian disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids) and you are fed up of taking allopathic pain killers or these don’t work anymore, you should try some home remedies that are usually safe and a lot more effective. Try out these home remedies:
- Mild exercise – stretches and mild exercise can help with period pains. Go for strolls rather than fast-paced walks if you can. Exercise released endorphins that are natural pain killers.
- Salt – reduce salt in your diet a week before since salt leads to fluid retention and increases bloating.
- Diet – eat enough calcium-rich foods. Avoid fried and sour foods, but eat healthy whole foods and lots of fruits and vegetables.
- Heat – use a heating pad or a hot water bottle and put on the lower abdomen and lower back to relieve excessive pain. Take a hot shower. Heat relaxes the muscles and reduces cramps.
- Massage – aromatherapy or plain oil massage can help relieve pain. Massage should be done with light strokes and is relaxing.
- Calcium and magnesium – in the form of supplements both can help relax muscles and are needed by the body.
- Dairy – some women benefit by eliminating dairy from their diet at least on these days.
- Clothes – avoid tight clothing that presses on the abdomen. Wear loose comfortable clothing.
Herbs and other remedies
Apart from these, there are some herbal and alternative remedies that may afford relief. You can try
- Wild yam
- Black cohosh
- Cramp Bark and Black Haw
- Raspberry leaf
- Carrots or carrot juice
- Chamomile tea
- Holy basil leaves
- Coriander seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Flax seeds
Fresh or dry herbs can be crushed, added to water and either steeped or boiled, then sieved and the liquid drunk. All these have anti-spasmodic qualities that help by reducing painful cramps. Fresh herbs or seeds can also be juiced along with other fruits and vegetables or added to smoothies.
If nothing else works, you can try conventional remedies that include pain killers and anti-spasmodics. But you should consult your doctor if you have more than usual heavy bleeding or uncontrollable pain or giddiness or fainting just to rule out any other underlying cause. It often happens that a combination of different remedies and treatments work when just one won’t. Home remedies for menstruation pain relief are usually quite effective.
What worked for you?