Natural Treatment For Period Pain

Natural treatment for period pain includes, apart from dietary changes, taking specific nutritional supplements, herbs and homoeopathic remedies which provide period pain relief.

natural treatment for period pain

Supplements and Period Pain

  • A good multivitamin and mineral tablet is a foundation supplement providing you with a little bit of everything.
  • Vitamin B1 is very effective in helping with period pain. In one study, it was given to 556 women (aged 12 to 21 years) who had moderate to severe dysmenorrhoea (period pain). Some of the women were given the vitamin B1 for 90 days and then changed to a placebo. Others were given the placebo first for 90 days and the vitamin B1 next. 87% of the women were completely cured after starting the vitamin B1 treatment. This effect remained for at least two months after the vitamin B1 was stopped.
  • Vitamin B6 has been shown to significantly reduce the intensity and duration of period pain. It helps produce 'good' prostaglandins that relaxes and widens blood vessels as opposed to 'bad' prostaglandins that increase womb contractions and pain.
  • Vitamin B12 is also beneficial for relieving period pain and is effective when taken in combination with Vitamin B1 and B6. Try to find a good quality, high dose Vitamin B complex to deliver pharmalogical amounts of these particular B vitamins.
  • Magnesium acts as a muscle relaxant therefore very beneficial for painful periods and lower back pain.
  • Vitamin E assists with pelvic circulation. Up to 70% of women have found this to be useful in treating painful periods.
  • Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is a helpful combination for period pain because they help relax smooth muscle and reduce inflammation.
  • Essential fatty acids help provide spasm and pain relief. Research has shown that women with low intakes of Omega 3 fatty acids (from fish, linseed and walnuts) have more painful periods than women who have a good intake. If you are going to supplement, it is important to take a good quality fish oil with adequate EPA and DHA.
  • Zinc is important for because it is needed for the proper conversion of essential fatty acids.
  • Bromelain is an enzyme contained in pineapples which has been found to be extremely useful for treating painful periods. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps as a natural blood thinner.

NB. For best results, try these recommended supplements for a period of three months. These supplements are best taken under the care and guidance of your healthcare practitioner.

Herbs For Period Pain

  • Cramp bark and Wild Yam are herbs that help to reduce pain and spasm associated with period pain.
  • Ginger is an effective herb to improve blood circulation and ease pain.

Always consult a registered practitioner.

Homoeopathy For Period Pain

  • Sepia
  • Belladonna
  • Manesia phos
  • Viburnum
  • Pulsatilla
  • Gelsenium
  • Cimicifuga
  • Borax

Always consult a registered practitioner.

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