Naturopathic Treatment for Menstrual Cramps, Naturally
Period cramps are a natural result of the uterus contracting when it sheds its lining each month as part of your menstrual cycle. Though most women experience some degree of cramping at some time in their lives, the pain isn’t something you “just have to live with.” If you’re contending with debilitating menstrual cramps, please reach out for our women’s health services.
- For most young women, most of the time, the remedy Cimicifuga will work well for the treatment of menstrual cramping characterized by depression, pain in the thighs, pain across the pelvis from hip to hip, with backache, ovarian pain, and often facial blemishes.
- The remedy Sepia is helpful for menstrual cycles characterized by indifference and irritability with loved ones, aversion to family or work, often with tears. There is a sense of pressure in the pelvis. Menses may be late. The pain is often of a stitching character.
- Pulsatilla is helpful for cycles characterized by discouragement, weepiness, and the desire to friends or family consolation. Menses may be suppressed or late, often after emotional disturbance. There is usually pain in the back, and cramping in the center of the pelvis.
- Homeopathic Magnesium Phosphate (Mag Phos) helps soften the deep contractions of menstrual cramps. Similarly, Mag Phos is indicated for any painful muscle cramp, especially those that follow strenuous exercise. Mag Phos can help with cycles that tend to be early, have cramping pain in the ovaries, and are characterized by more spasmodic crampiness (made better by curling up with a hot water bottle or heating pad against the pelvis). Dr. Zeff recommends the Mag Phos 6th, 12th, or 30th potency, repeated as necessary.
There are several things you can do on your own to treat menstrual cramps. Though your pain may seem more significant than these suggestions, many find adequate relief using them. Try these leading up to and during each day of your cycle to reduce cramping:
- Get regular exercise: Try walking to prevent or at least reduce the severity of menstrual cramps. If you are in too much pain to exercise, consider a more gentle type of exercise like an aquatic-based program or yoga.
- Use heat: Taking a warm bath with aromatherapy or positioning a heating pad on your lower abdomen and back is often helpful.
- Make dietary changes: Avoiding foods that promote inflammation, such as caffeine, dairy, red meat, and alcohol, can help ease period pain as well.