Home Remedies For Menstrual Cramps

Exercises Are A Good Home Remedy

You must be thinking how on earth I am going to do exercise when I cannot even stand up. Studies have shown that exercises may reduce menstrual pain. When you do aerobic exercises, your body increase the blood supply which increase the endorphins release. Endorphins counteract the action of prostaglandins. This can relieve the pain and inflammation, which is caused by the production of prostaglandins and this is a good home remedy for menstrual cramps. Try to do exercises at least for about 30 minutes for three to four days per week, if you can do exercises everyday it’s better. This is good for your overall health and can reduce the pain associated with menstruation.

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Heat Therapy As A Home Remedy for Menstrual Cramps

Heat therapy relieves menstrual cramps by relaxing the uterine muscles which are contracting; it increases the elasticity which reduces the tension of the muscle causing it to relax. Heat therapy also increases the blood flow to the uterus which helps to relieve the pain with menstrual cramps and this is an excellent home remedy for menstrual cramps.

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You can use a disposable heating patch or a pad which can be bought over-the-counter. These can be kept on your lower abdomen even while you are at work.

Alternatively, you can use an electrical heat pad, even a hot bath helps out, but these can only be used when you are at home. If you don’t have access to a heating pad or electrical pad, just fill a plastic bottle with hot water and keep it on your lower abdomen.

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Foods That Can Help Menstrual Cramps

Studies have shown that vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids chamomile tea and magnesium relieves menstrual cramps. Research has shown that above things reduce the pain and are amazing home remedies for menstrual cramps.

  • Vitamin B1- nuts, oats, beef, liver, eggs, pork, oranges, peas and seeds. Some food are fortified with B1 such as rice, pasta, cereals, flour and wholegrain bread.
  • Vitamin B6 – fish, chicken, turkey, pork, eggs, oats, brown rice, peanuts, potatoes and soy beans.
  • Vitamin D – oily fish (salmon, sardines), egg yolk, red meat, liver
  • Vitamin E – nuts, seeds, and plant oils (soy, corn, sunflower)
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – salmon, sardines, mackerel, oysters, flaxseeds, and walnuts
  • Magnesium – bread, fish, green leafy vegetables, meat, and dairy food
  • Chamomile Tea – it is shown that this fragrant teat had pain reducing properties. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties that relieve menstrual pain by blocking the prostaglandin production.

So, have plenty of food with the above vitamins and minerals, include the above-mentioned food in your diet, especially when you are close to menstruation. If not take supplements of the above vitamins and minerals.

Reducing Stress

It is shown that psychological stress increases menstrual cramps and the severity of it. Therefore, it is important you have a happy mindset without stress.

Having An Orgasm

An orgasm helps to increase the blood flow which reduce the menstrual pain and it also release endorphins which counteract the action of prostaglandins. This relieves the menstrual cramps and you will feel better. Well, if you feel uncomfortable to have sexual intercourse during your period time then you don’t have to do it. But it’s one of the natural ways to relieve menstrual cramps.

Avoiding Alcohol And Tobacco

Alcohol and tobacco can make your menstrual cramps worst; therefore, if you are someone who have severe menstrual cramps stop consumption of alcohol and smoking completely.

Summary

Aerobic exercises help to increase the blood supply which increase the endorphins release. Endorphins counteract the action of prostaglandins. Heat therapy relieves menstrual cramps by relaxing the uterine muscles which are contracting and it also increase the blood flow to the uterus which helps to relieve the pain with menstrual cramps. Studies have shown that vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, chamomile tea and magnesium relieve menstrual cramps. It is shown that psychological stress increases menstrual cramps and the severity of it. An orgasm helps to increase the blood flow, which reduce the menstrual pain and it also release endorphins which counteract the action of prostaglandins. Alcohol and tobacco can make your menstrual cramps worst, therefore avoid it.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: December 31, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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