By Sreejan Guha Niyogi Last Updated:
Do you pop up a painkiller every time your menstrual cycle begins? Do you often resort to heating pads or hot water bags to deal with your cramps during periods? Well, these cramps during your monthly cycle are bound to happen.
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During the periods, there is a sudden withdrawal of progesterone hormone and the lining of the uterus starts shedding along with the blood. To expel these dead tissues, the uterus contracts and gives rise to these menstrual cramps. Well, here are some home remedies that will help you to deal with cramps during periods and ease out the menstrual pain.
A common spice in Indian households, ajwain or carom seeds, when taken with a cup of boiling water, can help you to fight those cramps and pain in the legs. You can also roast a few carom seeds and consume them with milk when there is an unbearable pain. Besides this, carom seeds oil works as an excellent muscle relaxer. Apply it on those strained muscles during your periods and you will feel the difference within no time.
Grind 8-10 neem leaves and add a bit of water to make a paste. Consume this paste with a cup of buttermilk. Both as topical and oral medicine, neem leaves act as an excellent pain-reliever. They also cure yeast infection in the vagina.
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Aloe vera juice is known to give an instant relief to your pain during the monthly cycles. Drinking aloe vera juice mixed with one teaspoon of honey at least two to three times a day will help in easing the heavy blood flow. Also, drinking its juice regularly aides normal blood flow during the monthly cycle.
Since iron gets easily depleted during menstruation, eating dried apricots (which are rich in iron), can be beneficial for you. They make up for the iron loss caused due to the heavy blood flow. Red meat which is rich in both iron and zinc also helps in curing the iron deficiency and is considered to be a great menstrual pain treatment medicine!
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Herbal tea or raspberry leaf tea is equally helpful in reducing the cramps pain. Ginger crushed into a cup of hot tea is yet another powerful painkiller. Besides this, drink lukewarm water, as it is a great pain-reliever. Intake of a fair quantity of water and juices help the blood clots to pass easily.
Fennel seeds help release muscular cramps as it relaxes the muscles in the uterus relieving cramping. Soak some fennel seeds in a glass of water overnight and drink it early in the morning by mixing honey to it. Another formula is, grate a small piece of ginger into hot water for a warm period cramp relieving drink. Turmeric helps get rid of the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
From using hot water bottles to painkillers, only women know how they manage those five days of horrible pain, bleeding and mood swings. Indulging in exercise help your body produce happy hormones or endorphins. It helps to improve the blood circulation in your system which eliminates the other cause of pain too. Yoga is the best form you can do at home as it will strengthen your core, relaxes your muscles and enables you to concentrate better.
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Applying heat to your lower abdomen and lower back will help you relieve the pain. If one does not have a hot water bag or heating pad, a warm hot water bath or a hot towel use can also do the thing. Similarly, soaking yourself in a warm water tub for around 15 minutes can also relieve your pain.
Sesame is widely used in Ayurvedic medicines but commonly used as cooking oil in the Indian household. Rich in linoleic acid and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, massaging sesame oil on your lower abdomen during the periods will help ease the pain.
#1. Avoid a rigorous workout, but you can go for small walks.
#2. Avoid munching on junk food. Also, stay away from food which is spicy and salty. It can actually increase your pain.
#3. Coffee or any form of caffeine should definitely be avoided.
#4. Chocolates can actually enhance your pain, so just stay away from them.
#5. Carbonated drinks or soda should be avoided as they contribute to bloating.
We hope now you know what to do when your experience cramps during periods. And don't forget to embrace your womanhood. Celebrate being a woman!
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