I want to discuss how to ease period cramps naturally at this blog. It is for those who suffer from period cramps every month but don’t want to take medications. I hope it helps those who suffer from it in natural ways to ease period cramps.
Table of Contents
- 1 What are period cramps?
- 2 What are the causes of Period cramps?
- 3 What can you do in natural ways to ease period cramps?
- 4 Conclusion
What are period cramps?
Several western diagnoses of period cramps are endometriosis, PMS, fibroid, ovarian cyst, pelvic inflammation disease (PID), and adenomyosis.
Please take a look at it and don’t self-diagnosis it.
Make sure you go to the Gynecologic doctor to ensure you don’t have such diseases. So, if you have severe menstrual pain, please see a gynecologist.
What are the causes of Period cramps?
Inside the uterus, a “bed” is created called the “endometrium” to raise the baby.
If you are not pregnant, it will be peeled off and taken out of the body with blood.
This “bed-making” and “cleaning” are repeated in a cycle of about 28 days.
The time of “cleaning” is menstruation, and the pain felt at that time, such as the lower abdomen and lower back, is called “period cramps.”
The following are possible causes of menstrual cramps.
- High Prastagrandins Secretion
- Narrow uterus entrance
- Cold sensitivity of the body
1. High Prostagrandins Secretion
During menstruation, you secret prostaglandins, which contract the uterus and push the peeled endometrium out of the body as “menstrual blood” along with blood.
Excessive secretion causes excessive contraction of the uterus, causing period cramps in the lower abdomen and lower back.
In addition, this type of prostaglandin increases pain, which can cause headaches and back pain.
2. Narrow Uterus Entrance
It is a common cause for young women and women who have never given birth.
Because the uterus entrance is narrow, it is difficult for menstrual blood to flow smoothly, making you feel pain.
When you experience childbirth, the uterus exit widens, which may reduce period cramps.
3. Cold sensitivity of the body
When the body is cold, blood circulation occurs, and prostaglandins stay in the pelvis, causing more pain.
When menstruation begins, the body temperature drops anyway.
On top of that, the blood vessels contract due to prostaglandins, resulting in poor blood circulation, and the body is cold.
Stress upsets the balance of hormones and the autonomic nerves, causing poor blood circulation.
It also reduces the ability to regulate body temperature, making it easier for people to be cold and causing menstrual pain.
What can you do in natural ways to ease period cramps?
- Hot bath with essential oil
- Acupuncture points
- Chinese Herbs
1. Hot bath with essential oil
Heat increases the blood flow and helps to reduce pain or inflammation.
- Prepare 100 degrees of hot water in the bathtub.
- Put some Epsom salt in it. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and promotes even more blood circulation.
- Put 2-3 drops of essential oil like lavender or geranium.
- Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes until you sweat. It promotes sweating and reduces pain.
To raise your body temperature, you have to increase muscle mass.
We recommend Squats that train large muscles such as the thighs and buttocks at home.
In addition, it is essential to take breathing while doing exercise.
There is food that makes your body warm and cold.
Please refrain from food that makes you cold, and eat more food that makes you warm.
Foods that warm you: Root vegetables such as
- green onions,
- garlic, and
- black foods like sesame
- black beans
- azuki beans, etc
Foods that cool you down:
- Vegetables from hot areas such as
- tomatoes and
- artificial sweeteners,
- chocolate, etc
There are acupuncture points to increase the body temperature and help for period cramps. Let’s press and hold 30 seconds each every day to promote more circulation.
Location: Located 3-4 fingers above the malleolus of the inner ankle.
Efficacy: It works well for women, such as poor circulation, irregular menstruation, and period cramps.
5. Chinese Herbs
In Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectives, period cramps are considered blood stasis & cold in the uterus.
There are natural Chinese herbs to warm the uterus and regulates blood stasis.
Tao Hong Si Wu Tang
This formula nourishes and moves blood. It is especially effective in treating menstrual blood stasis.
It opens the meridians to eliminate blood stasis and promotes the complete discharge of the endometrial lining.
Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan
This formula is for blood stasis in the lower abdomen, fixed abdominal masses with period cramps, tenderness, and tension.
Cinnamon and Poria combination warm the uterus and regulates blood circulation to reduce period cramps.
Where can you get the Chinese herbs?
YourKampo.com is the new Online Chinese prescription service.
First, you answer 3 minutes long questionnaire about your chief complaints and general questions like your digestions and sleep disorders, etc.
Then, our specialist diagnoses your condition and chooses the best Chinese herbs out of 100 herbs.
Here is the link that you can go and get your best Chinese herbs for the period cramps.
In conclusion, period cramps can be caused by High Prastagrandins Secretion, Narrow uterus entrance, Cold sensitivity in the body, and Stress.
Firstly, please understand the mechanism of period cramps due to these causes.
Secondly, please try these five natural ways to ease period cramps to see if your symptom goes away.
Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.
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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.