When the monthly menstrual gift comes along many women reach a bottle of aspirin and a bag of M&Ms. But all Tylenol and cheap chocolate will do is cover up your symptoms and may actually gradually make menstrual cramps worse. Fortunately there are actually plenty of natural ways to deal with your menstrual cramps.
Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps:
- Proper Nutrition: Focus on eating lots of leafy greens and berries. Avoid excessive amounts of red meat, dairy, and peanuts. Consider working with a Naturopath to optimize nutrition through diet
- Nutritional Supplements:
- Calcium and magnesium supplements help relieve acute cramps
- Flaxseed and borage oil encourage proper synthesis of hormones
- Vitamin B6, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium help metabolize hormones
- Herbal Treatments: Cramp bark, black cohosh, piscidia, and dong quai root are all helpful in relieving cramps when taken in tea, capsule, or tincture form
- Exercise: Focus on exercises to strengthen your back and stretches to strengthen your pelvic floor
- Essential Oils: Massage clary sage or cinnamon leaf essential oil onto the abdomen
- Female Balancing Formula: Herbal Formula which contains herbs that support women’s health (ex. chastetree berry and black cohosh). Western Botanicals is a good source
- Acupuncture: Chinese and East Asian medicine have been used for centuries to support women’s health disorders
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