Drug-free Ways to Relieve Menstrual Pain
Whether it's a mild, dull ache that lasts one night or a form of torture that sidelines you for days, menstrual cramps can have a significant impact on work and other daily activities. As such, many women have turned to pain killers to relieve menstrual symptoms. Over time the body develops a tolerance leading to higher dosages and amounts of chemical residue which have a negative impact on organ function. Some tips for safe, non-medication relief for menstrual pain include:
1. Drink lots of warm water
Drinking large amounts of clean water during your menstrual period will help to improve blood circulation, as blood thickens when you are dehydrated. Warm water is highly recommended as it will help reduce risk of blood clots. Improved circulation will help the liver function more efficiently and keep estrogen levels at an optimal level, in turn reducing menstrual pain and other symptoms.
2. Hot water bottle or pad
Using a hot water bottle or a heating pad on your abdomen during the first few hours of pain may provide some relief. The heat and placement position deactivates pain at a molecular level in much the same way as pharmaceutical painkillers work.
3. Light Exercise
Light exercise such as walking or yoga is highly recommended. Exercise provides a wonderful dose of natural anti-inflammatory compounds.
4. Eating Healthy
Eat healthy foods high in potassium, calcium, and iron. Avoid processed foods and focus on plant based fiber and proteins, nature’s best source of food. Protein helps to replace much needed minerals such as iron which are lost during menstruation.
5. Avoid Caffeine
Avoid food and beverages that contain caffeine such as tea, coffee, soda, and chocolate. Caffeine acts as a diuretic which can stimulate the abdomen, worsening menstrual cramps.
6. Herbal Plasters for Menstrual Pain Relief
Improves blood circulation and reduces risk of blood clots. Similar to warm bottles or heat pads, these 100% natural plasters deactivate pain at a molecular level in much the same way as pharmaceutical painkillers work. Each month, simply attach the herbal plaster to your abdominal area daily before going to bed 7 days before the menstrual cycle begins (assuming the cycle is regular). Alternatively, the plaster can be attached during cramps to alleviate any symptoms.