If you've ever had menstrual pains, you know it is impossible to ignore them. Menstrual cramps are common in the days leading up to and at the start of the menstrual period. Loose stools, headaches, nausea, and dizziness are very common side effects that accompany these monthly pains.
Fortunately, there are a variety of tools available to help relieve cramps. Herbal medicine is one such tool that has been used by healers, grandmothers, physicians, and others for generations.
Here are some plants that will help you cope with your intense menstruation cramps.
Adaptogen – Comfort During Your Periods
Adaptogen is a special type of therapeutic herb that has three characteristics in common: it is non-toxic, it improves our ability to cope with non-specific stressors. And, it has normalising powers – that is, it can control both high and low blood pressure and normalise out-of-whack hormone levels.
Sharpen Your Senses - Spirulina
Spirulina is abundant in protein and contains the important gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which has anti-inflammatory qualities. Is also helps in regulating hormone levels. Spirulina, which is high in calcium, Vitamin B1, iron, and antioxidants, can help you feel more energised during the first few days of your period (when you tend to feel tired and sleepier than usual).
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Women suffering from primary dysmenorrhea may find Chinese herbal medicine to be therapeutic. Chinese herbal medicine has been proven to be beneficial in treating pain and lowering overall symptoms in various trials with real women. Notably, women who used Chinese herbal therapy to treat dysmenorrhea needed less pain medication as well.
Pycnogenol is a plant extract obtained from the maritime pine tree that grows in France's southwest. Several powerful antioxidants can be found in this extract. According to studies, women between the ages of 18 and 48, those who took pycnogenol during their periods experienced much less pain, and used significantly less pain medication than those who did not.
Other Plants That Relieve Pain
A few other herbs that have a history of usage include black cohosh, cramp bark, turmeric, and chasteberry. They are efficient at relieving pain and reducing inflammation. In Europe, chasteberry has been widely used to treat irregular menstrual periods, cyclical breast soreness, PMS, and dysfunctional uterine bleeding.
Lavender, thyme, and sandalwood essential oils can be used to enhance relaxation, alleviate stress-related hormonal imbalances, and boost progesterone production.
Bear In Mind...
Not all herbs are appropriate for every woman, so make sure your doctor is aware of all your medical conditions, prescriptions, and supplements. Herbs may reduce the effectiveness of some drugs by interfering with their activity.
Also, let your doctor know if you're experiencing regular or severe cramping. For many people, menstrual cramps occur without any underlying health conditions. But in extreme cases, you need to consult your physician & see if you're suffering from any health issue that might be causing the pain (such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or uterine fibroids).