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Almost all women experience menstrual
cramps, even if their premenstrual symptoms are relatively mild. It's normal to
feel pain in the lower abdomen as well as in your lower back and even as far
down as the thighs. An excess of the hormone-like substances called
prostaglandins could be the cause behind these cramps. Prostaglandins are linked
to inflammation and pain, but instead of popping an over-the-counter pain pill
to deal with uncomfortable menstrual cramps, you might try an herbal remedy
instead. Research has shown that certain herbal medications are even more
effective at relieving pain than medication.
Chinese Herbal Remedies for
of years, Chinese herbalists have treated menstrual issues with herbal remedies.
Research suggests that certain herbs prescribed in Traditional Chinese Medicine
could be better at reducing menstrual cramps than pain pills bought over the
counter. They might even be more effective than acupuncture, oral contraception,
or applying heat.
published in 2007 evaluated thirty-nine studies that involved women and Chinese
herbs used for menstrual cramps. Nearly 3,500 women participated in these
studies combined. The women took herbal formulas comprising mainly five or six
herbs. The herbs used varied, but some of the common ones included:
White peony root
Red peony root
Szechuan lovage root
Participants reported better results from the herbs than groups received no
treatment, placebos, medications, and acupuncture.
studies on natural ways to relieve menstrual cramping have found some remedies
that work well by themselves. A 2008 study concluded that Pycnogenol, a
supplement made from pine tree bark, can significantly reduce menstrual cramp
favorite herb for many issues affecting the abdomen, was found to work as well
for alleviating menstrual cramp pain as ibuprofen in a study conducted in 2009.
The participants were given 250 milligrams of ginger four times daily over the
course of thee days. Ginger is thought to help reduce prostaglandin levels.
More Herbal Solutions for
experience less menstrual cramps from taking black cohosh. The plant estrogens
in black cohosh, called phytoestrogens, could be the reason some people cramp
raspberry and yarrow might help if you're cramping already. The oligomeric
procyanidins in raspberry are thought to relax one's uterus. Yarrow is believed
to cause relaxation in the uterus as well, particularly in the smooth muscle
tissue. Raspberry and yarrow can be added to tea. Typically, one to two
teaspoons of dried raspberry leaves or dried yarrow in a cup is a good dose.
Drink three cups per day for best results.
herbal remedies, always consult your physician about appropriate dosages and
potential interactions with medications or supplements you might already be
taking. Also consider that although some women experience very painful cramps
that pose no health risk, severe cramping could indicate a more serious problem.
See your doctor immediately if you think there is even a chance that something
else could be wrong.
Sárka-Jonae Miller is a health and fitness expert. She began working in the
fitness industry in 2000 while pursuing a BS in journalism at Syracuse
University. She became certified as a personal fitness trainer and group
exercise instructor in 2003. She has also received training in massage therapy.
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