Menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea or period pains, are painful sensation felt in the lower abdomen that can occur both before and during a woman's menstrual period. The pain ranges from dull and annoying to severe and extreme. Other than the pain, some women may also experience nausea, loose stool, headache and dizziness.
Menstrual cramps tend to begin after ovulation when an egg is released from the ovaries and travels down to the fallopian tube. Pain occurs in the lower abdomen and lower back. It usually begins one to two days before menstruation and last two to four days.
Here are some natural remedies that relieves menstrual cramps
👉 Apply hot compress: Hot compress can relieve the pain of cramping muscles. Apply heat to the abdomen or lower back using a heating pad or a hot water bottle.
👉 Take ginger root tea: Ginger has been effective in relieving inflammation and pain, and it can help alleviate the pain associated with menstrual cramps. Ginger is also used for nausea and an upset stomach, which are symptoms that sometimes accompany menstruation.
Cut ginger into small piece and cook in a boiling water for a few minutes and drink it as soup.
Taking ginger may increase your risk of bleeding and lower your blood sugar. Use caution if you are bleeding or have blood sugar related conditions.
👉Eat cinnamon:Cinnamon contains anti inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that relieve menstrual cramps and symptoms.
Steep a teaspoon of ground cinnamon powder or a stick of cinnamon in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Wait for it to cool down and drink.
👉 Eat papaya: Papaya contains papain enzymes which works to ease the menstrual flow and reduce pain.
Add papaya to your morning smoothie, use it in your fruit salad or eat it as a snack.
👉 Drink chamomile tea: Chamomile tea has been known as a soothing remedy for menstrual cramps for ages. A recent study has found that chamomile tea contains glycine, a chemical that relieves muscle spasms. Higher glycine levels may relax the uterus, explaining why the tea appears to relieve menstrual cramps.
Seep a chamomile tea bag in steaming water, wait for it to cool down and drink. Chamomile should be avoided by those with ragweed allergy.
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