When period pain strikes, there is often a natural instinct to go straight for the painkillers or anti-inflammatory tablets, but did you know there are many ways to assist with menstruation pain naturally? Here are some we recommend:
A simple change in your diet can make a big difference to the severity of your cramping and abdominal pain. A low-fat, vegetarian diet is recommended as it will help to reduce your intake of those unhealthier fats. Swap out saturated fats found in animal products for unsaturated fats found in things like vegetable oil, nuts and fish.
- Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are great for many different types of ailments including premenstrual symptoms and menstrual cramping. The most common teas used to relieve these symptoms include yarrow, lady’s mantle, camomile, raspberry, ginger, peppermint and fennel.
- Fish Oil & Vitamin B1
Both fish oil and vitamin B1 have been studied for their ability to ease pain associated with menstruation. When compared to a placebo, they have both demonstrated the ability to ‘significantly reduce pain’, so taking these supplements during your period may help.
Many women schedule regular massages during menstruation. Massaging over the lower abdomen using some high-quality essential oils is a great way to relieve painful cramping and relax the whole area.
Magnesium is easily one of the best and most widely-used supplements for menstrual cramping. It works by regulating nerve and muscle functions, so ensuring you are getting enough every day, either in your diet or with supplements, can reduce a number of different types of pain, including period pain and cramping.
Do you wish to learn more about alternative medicine so that you can treat a range of ailments completely naturally? Get in touch with the Australian School of Herbal Medicine today and inquire about our course in natural medicine.