Thursday, June 14, 2012

How to cure Menstrual Cramp/Pain

Menstrual Cramps-medically known as Dysmenorrhea-is a condition where you may experience severe ache in the abdomen and pelvic region during your periods.  A lot of times menstrual cycles wreak havoc in form of menstrual cramps

In addition, it can also lead to cravings and mood swings. The pain is caused due to the release of prostaglandins and other inflammatory substances that cause uterine contractions. Sometimes, it may lead to vomiting, nausea and diarrhea as well. 

The experience of menstrual cramps is different in different women but there are some ways that guaranteed to relieve discomfort and pain. Here are some things you can try that may help ease the discomfort.


  • Take Ashokarishtha (a uterine tonic) before your periods begin (available at all ayurveda stores)
  • take 20ml of Vasa(malabar nut) or Guduchi(gulancha tinospora) juice along with honey before your meals.        
  • Take ½ tsp hing (asafoetida) mixed with ghee as soon as you feel the ache.    


  • Dissolve a few tablets of Mag phos 6x tablets in warm water an sip it through the day
  • Take Colocynth 200, 3 pills every 30 minutes


  • Gently massage castor oil on your abdomen and follow it with hot fermentation or heat pack – it will immediately reduce the discomfort. 

  • Heating pad is a great way to relieve menstrual cramps. You just have to lie down with heating pad on the problem area. Try to lie down on this, and keep the heating pad below yourself. You can also lie on the back and allow heat to effect other areas of your body as well.          
The basic point is, getting into position where it is comfortable for you to lie down for a certain period of time. You can also opt for disposable heating pads available in market. In my case, this is the best cure for the menstrual pain.
  • To prevent menstrual cramps, do yoga asanas such Pranayam regularly
  • Taking a hip bath, also known as sitz bath( fill a tub/basin with warm water and sit in it) every day with tepid water for 15 minutes, will help ease the pain
  • Drink ginger tea with honey

Make sure that you have your daily dose of vitamins along with calcium and zinc supplements. Calcium and zinc also helps in preventing cramps before they actually start

If the pain persists even after following the above mentioned remedies, visit a specialist to get yourself checked. Drinking as mush fluids, fruit juices and hot beverages is also beneficial.

Source: Goodhousekeeping, India, January, 2012

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