Nei Jing Center of Chinese Medicine Jerusalem describes menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea, as pangs or aches which occur in the lower abdomen. Menstrual cramps are usually experienced prior to or during women's menstrual period. They tend to scale anywhere from mild discomfort to severe pain, which may intervene with daily activities.
Symptoms of Menstrual Cramps:
– Intense pangs or throbbing pain within the lower abdomen
– Aches and discomfort which may proceed to the lower back/thighs
– Nausea, loose stools, headaches, dizziness
Causes for these Occurrences:
During the menstrual cycle contractions of the uterus occur in order to expel the current lining. Prostaglandins and other hormone-like substances which stimulate these muscle contractions, are a large contributor to the pain and inflammation experienced during this time. Depending on the prostaglandin levels within the body, more severe side effects may occur.
Natural Remedies to Relieve the Pain:
2. Induce heat (e.g. heating pad, hot water bottle, hot bath)
3. Incorporate herbs and spices (i.e. ginger, basil, cinnamon, parsley, fennel, chamomile, raspberry leaf) into your diet which promote antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and regulating menstrual cycle properties which aid in relieving muscle contractions and ease the surrounding area. Steep the herbs and spices in boiling water for about 5 minutes; drink 1 cup, two to three times per day
4. Drink lots of water
5. Limit the coffee intake
6. Acupuncture (book a free consultation today at Nei Jing Center of Chinese Medicine Jerusalem)
7. Get some rest (help put your hormones back in balance)
8. Essential oils