Ugh..Yuck..Why? These are just a few words most women who have menstrual cramps utter to themselves, and many times to others, about how they feel. Doctors know what causes those extremely annoying abdominal pains during the menstrual cycle that results from contractions in the muscular wall of the uterus. To help relieve the pain doctors prescribe drugs or recommend Ibuprofen. However, taking these drugs alone doesn’t prevent the pain from occurring the next month. But there are a number of alternative doctors that believe you can treat and relieve menstrual cramps by using natural treatments and increase the effectiveness of painkillers on a long-term basis.
The first natural treatment you can do to help relieve menstrual cramps is to cut out high amounts of fat in your diet. Start eating more vegetables, nuts, and whole grains to improve your chances of relieving menstrual cramps. You should also eat more fish to get a good amount of the omega-3 fatty acid found in fish. Fat oils in fish help trap the glands in cells preventing them from triggering the contractions in the muscle tissue that cause menstrual cramps.
The next natural treatment you can include is to take a combination of certain herbs to provide a relaxing and balancing effect in your body. You can take a tincture of black haw, ginger, valerian, and motherwort to effectively relieve menstrual cramps. Valerian and black haw work to relax the uterus, ginger increases energy flow, and motherwort helps restore balance. Use equal parts of each herb taking a teaspoon of the four herbs together twice a day when you are having cramps. Continue to take the herb mixture throughout your entire period.
If you are unable to find all those herbs, you can just use motherwort to naturally relieve menstrual cramps. Take five drops of the tincture, if that doesn’t work take five more until the cramps subside. To make motherwort most effective take the drops when your cramps first start. Guess what? By the third month your chances are high that you will be cramp free! Another natural treatment is to take vitamin B6, which helps increase pain-relieving chemicals in the body. Take 50-100 mgs a day, but for the best results take a complete B complex supplement everyday to help improve your chances of relieving menstrual cramps on a long-term basis.
A few more natural treatments include taking niacin, 25-200 mgs a day, vitamin C, 500-3000 mgs a day – take the high dosage during your period. Vitamin C can also help to relieve the fatigue as well. Take between 400-800 iu’s of vitamin E to help balance your hormones, and 800 mgs of calcium to strengthen the muscles. Taking 400 mg of magnesium a day will help the calcium work much more effectively by increasing the tone of your muscles. In order to increase your chances of having long-term relief from menstrual cramps, take these natural treatments on a daily basis.