Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:
Menstrual cramps are usually quite mild. However research estimates report more than 60% of women experience intolerable cramps during some of these cycles in the first four years of puberty or before menopause. Menstruation is most painful at the end of adolescence and the years preceding menopause, because of the periods of hormonal fluctuations.
Although there are no set rules or food that have proven to completely eliminate cramps, but there are some foods that seem to aggravate the symptoms, while others tend to alleviate them. Sticking to a low-salt regimen while increasing intake of fluids and potassium-rich foods is often effective in preventing bloating. You may also experience relief by restricting your alcohol and caffeine consumption, since alcohol is a depressant and diuretic that can worsen PMS headaches and fatigue and can accentuate depression. Caffeine, on the other hand, is a stimulant, and can contribute to anxiety, irritability and painful breast tenderness.
Remedies To Relive Menstrual Cramps
1. Fomentation or Hot Sitz Bath
Massaging the painful area with hot water bottle or heating pad increases the blood flow and circulation to the uterus, which helps reduce the effect of chemicals that cause menstrual cramps. A hot sitz bath can also be used to get relief from menstrual pain.
2. Cold Packs
Some women find a cold pack to be more effective than hot bath in relieving menstrual pain. Cold pack helps constrict blood vessels, which provides relief from the cramps. Ice pack prepared by putting ice in a zipped plastic bag and covering it with a towel can be placed on the abdomen for 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Coriander seeds
Coriander seeds have vital anti-inflammatory and other useful properties that makes it very effective in reducing menstrual pain and correcting irregular menstrual cycle. A handful of seeds should be boiled in water till very little water remains and this should then be strained and can be taken twice daily and can be taken when warm for better results.
4. Ginger-cinnamon decoction tea
Use ¼ tsp. of ground cinnamon and a pinch of ground ginger or couple of thin slices of half an inch of fresh ginger to a cup of hot water. Wait and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain and drink the tea.
5. Flax seeds
Eat 2 tbsp of flaxseeds every day during periods. This reduces prostaglandin levels in the body.
5. Basil tea
Crush a handful of basil leaves. Press the paste on a sieve to extract juice. Take 1 glass hot water. Add 2 tsp basil leave juice. Mix well and drink thrice everyday.