If you’re reading this, you are probably tired of painful cramps having their way with your body every month. Many women, perhaps even yourself, have tried overdosing on pain pills, like ibuprofen, thanks to awful menstrual pains and I can only imagine how excruciating that must be. Nevertheless, let’s not forget why this is necessary. According to traditional Chinese medicine men, painful menstruation is a direct consequence of insufficiency of blood in the lower abdomen, a condition known as ‘stagnation’.
Basically, your uterus needs to shed its walls every time an ovum fails to get fertilized and while this needs to happen quite regularly (monthly), it’s only natural that it happens. This is how you know you are a woman. It’s how you know you are fertile. As the uterine muscles contract, blood vessels get ‘held’ and blood flow gets constricted. Your lower abdominal muscles becomes irritated as the body tries to shed tissue from your uterine walls. This, of course, has to be painful which generally explains your menstrual pains. Again, been a hormone-controlled process, you’re more likely to get moody around this time.
Obviously the grumpiness and painful contractions are more pronounced in some women than others. Either way, these simple and natural tips will go a long way to help reduce your monthly painful periods. In essence, we want to help regulate blood flow in your lower abdomen in order to ease the sharp contractions and consequently reduce the painful cramping effects.
Supplement your body
You will need to adopt a diet with lots of calcium and magnesium supplements. Calcium and magnesium ameliorate painful contractions by facilitating muscle relaxation throughout the body. Health specialists recommend a dose of at least 1000mg of calcium and 500mg of magnesium daily. If possible, go for nutrients with calcium citrate which is easily absorbed into the blood stream rather than calcium carbonate. However, you may notice some awkward side effects like loose stool. This is a sign that you’re overdosing and should probably reduce your intake.
Painful menstruation can also be combated by going green and leafy. Dark green vegetables are highly rich in numerous micronutrients that have been found to cleanse the body by normalizing blood circulation and relaxing the muscles. Some green leafy vegetables like dandelion are bitter, which is probably why most women won’t take them. But remember the goal is to keep you healthy and free from pain, not to delight your tongue. Again, such leafy greens have been found to have a diuretic effect which may prevent stomach bloating, not forgetting reducing your menstrual pains.
Make use of a heating pad
Most women are already aware of this simple home remedy, but definitely not all. A heating pad is essentially a hot swab meant to keep your lower abdomen warm. In the spirit of keeping things simple, you can fill a water bottle with warm water and roll it on your lower tummy too. The warmer you keep your abdomen, the more your muscles relax and subsequently, the lesser your menstrual cramps. Using a heating pad is a simple and proven approach to reduce muscle cramps. So take advantage of it.
Reduce your coffee consumption
Caffeine is a notorious vasoconstrictor. Coffee, which is highly rich in caffeine, may trigger the blood vessels that supply your uterus to constrict more and this may amplify your period pains. So if you are a coffee person, you probably won’t like this one so much but you might want to cut down on too much coffee in your system, at least one week before your periods begin. It may be a huge compromise for you but eventually, the results are worthwhile.
Try tea instead
Tea is a well-known muscle refresher and stimulant. More precisely, raspberry herbal tea has been found to orchestrate blood flow in the muscles which may help to contain excessive contractions and reduce menstrual pains. A cup of herbal tea everyday may go a long way to easing your monthly abdominal contractions and condensing your period pains.
Well, this may be a little bit extreme for some women but it works. Acupuncture is basically the treatment of pain by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin. This is straight from the Chinese therapeutic handbook. Studies have shown that certain stylostixis points in your body can relax your nervous system and regulate the flow of blood through the abdominal cavity. The result is calm and pain-free muscular contractions.
All these are tried methods that have been found to effectively reduce menstrual pains. You can try them each at time and choose whichever works best for you or you can try them all at once for the maximum effect. In addition to reduced period pains, you may notice a positive change in your moods, sleeping patterns and feeding habits due to better digestion.
Conclusively, keep in mind that extremely painful menstruation may be a sign of a serious core medical issue. If you can’t seem to get your period pains under control, don’t overlook the fact that you might have a serious infection in the uterus. Visit you medical care provider for a checkup as soon as possible.