Dysmenorrhea or Menstrual cramps is a condition in which women get severe pain in lower abdomen, pain in the hips, lower back, and inner thighs. The pain and intensity of menstrual cramps varies from woman to woman.In some women pain of menstrual cramps is mild but in some it is very severe and also cause headache,dizziness and vomiting.Menstrual cramps are caused by contractions in the uterus specially when it contracts too strongly press nearby blood vessels and reduce supply of oxygen to the muscle tissue of the uterus and results in severe pain. Uterine contractions are caused by prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are natural molecular compounds made by the body and cause uterine contractions and results in menstrual cramps. However you can cure this problem by following some natural remedies which are given below
Home Remedies to Cure Menstrual Cramps
Ginger(adrak) is one of the most commonly used home remedies to cure menstrual cramps. The best part about ginger is that it can be used in several ways to deal with the menstrual pain. You can drink ginger tea with some honey or lemon juice added to it. You can drink this tea at regular intervals throughout the day to reduces the pain of menstrual cramps. If you don`t like to drink ginger tea then you can increase the amount of ginger while cooking food.
2. Cumin Seeds
Chew one teaspoon roasted cumin seeds(zeera) slowly, followed with one teaspoon of aloe vera juice. Aloe vera juice contains various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, B-complex, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, and manganese and helps a lot to reduce menstrual cramps.
3. Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are also considered very effective to reduce menstrual cramps. Some varieties of fish are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, eat them before and during menstrual cycle.
4. Chamomile Tea
Anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties of chamomile tea helps relax the uterus and ease the spasmodic contractions that cause pain during menstruation. To prevent menstrual cramps drink 2-3 cups of chamomile tea a day during the week before your period. If you don't like the taste of chamomile tea, you can add some lemon juice or honey to improve the taste.
5. Heat Therapy
Some heat therapy is one of the most simple and effective home remedy to cure menstrual cramps. You can apply heating pad or a hot water bottle to your abdomen or lower back to relieve menstrual cramps.
6. Flax Seeds
Consuming Flax seeds is one of the best home remedy for reducing prostaglandin, which minimizes the pain of menstrual cramps. Women should take one and two tablespoons of flax seed during the menstrual cycle. You can sprinkle ground flax seed over your salad or can consume a cup of yogurt by mixing a teaspoon of ground flax seed.
7. Fennel Seeds
Crush one teaspoon of fennel seeds(saunf) to make a powder. Then add one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for five minutes. Strain it and then drink it while it is still hot. This is also one of the best home remedy to cure menstrual cramps.
Banana is a rich food source of anti-cramping nutrients such as vitamin B6 and helps a lot to reduce menstrual cramps. Eating a fully ripe banana before or during your cycle avoids cramps and reduces bloating. Enjoy bananas plain as a simple snack, mix with fat free yogurt, slice into cereal or include in a fruit salad.
Try to consume nuts rich in Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds, peanuts pistachio and walnuts help a lot to reduce menstrual cramps.
Cinnamon is also considered very effective to cure menstrual cramps. You can consume cinnamon in its raw form or by sprinkling its powder on salad. You can also include cinnamon in your food as spice. Hot tea containing cinnamon is a best way to reduce menstrual cramps.
Some Precautions and Useful Tips For Menstrual Cramps(i)Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
(ii)Avoid foods that contain caffeine.
(iii)Try to relax and avoid stress because stress increases menstrual cramps.
(iv)During menstrual cycle avoid salts and sugars because they increase menstrual crams and worsen this condition.
(v)Cut down on junk food and red meat and try to eat more fresh vegetables and fruits.
(vi)If you are allergic to some natural ingredients then avoid such tips which contain those ingredients which are harmful for you but if you don`t get relief by any of above natural home remedies then immediately consult your problem with Lady Doctor or Gynaecologist.