MENSTRUAL CRAMPS ARE NO FUN AT ALL. INSTEAD OF SCROUNGING FOR PAIN MEDS, TRY TO FIND RELIEF
NATURALLY WITH THESE TIPS BY DR. NAT KRINGOUDIS
1. GET THE BLOOD FLOWING – FIND YOUR STRIDE. You need to be gentle at period time – and you need to exercise appropriately. For many, exercise treats period pain wonderfully as it helps blood to flow through the reproductive organs.
2. EASE PAIN WITH TEA. The heat from the tea will help increase blood flow and alleviate pain but more than that, there are
many teas that are specifically therapeutic. Chamomile is mildly sedative which helps to relax the body and ease pain. Raspberry leaf tea can also be useful to relax the uterus. Making a brew with ginger can also be soothing. Studies show that ginger lowers pain-causing prostaglandins.
3. CUT THE COLD CUISINE. Cold and raw foods can contribute to menstrual cramping. Chinese Medicine recognises cramping pain to be a result of blood not flowing freely, that is there is either a blockage or something (tissue, scarring etc) disrupting the flow.
4. SLEEP TO COPE. Schedule in a little extra sleep around the period time. When we are tired, we experience increased sensitivity, and we cope much better when well rested. Plus a lack of sleep leads to mad cravings (very often cold and sugary foods), which, as we’ve seen, contribute to pain.