While many reach for Midol or other medications, over the counter or otherwise, there are some home remedies that work as well or better with no possible side effects.
Let’s take a look!
Nearly 50% of women of childbearing age report cramps during their period for 1-2 days during the cycle. While dysmenorrhea (cramps) are not a serious health condition, try telling that to the woman experiencing them. They can most certainly put a cramp in your plans for that day!
Things to try at home without a trip to the doctor
- Increase the number of vegetables you eat in your diet. Studies show that a high plant-based diet and low fats help clear the body of inflammation which can lead to pain during your period.
- Fish oil & B1 – supplementing with fish oil along with Vitamin B1according to the Global Journal of Health Science patients taking 100 milligrams a day of B1 and 500 mg a day of fish oil showed significant improvement.
- Acupuncture – How it helps: By relaxing the nervous system. It allows more blood to easily flow to the internal organs. It is also known to have an anti-inflammatory effect which reduces pain.
- Massage – especially when combined with the use of essential oils combined with a carrier oil helped to relieve menstrual cramps and overall tension. Lavender, clary sage, and marjoram all seemed to prove useful. Peppermint oil applied to the abdomen also seemed to lessen cramping.
- Bring on the heat! – either soaking in a nice hot bath, hot tub or applying a heating pad directly to the aching area all support a reduction in the intensity of cramping.
- Staying hydrated – Make sure to drink plenty of liquids daily, and especially during your period.
- Iron – if you feel weak supplementing with iron or eating some steak or liver would likely do you some good.
- Chiropractic adjustments – making sure you are in proper alignment can actually help lessen cramps on a monthly basis as well.
If you try all of the above and still suffer monthly with unbearable cramps then yes, by all means, do make an appointment to go see your physician.
To make an appointment with the office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. for an adjustment or for a nutritional analysis and personalized program give us a call at 239-332-2555 or visit www.drkasters.com to learn more.
Chiropractor & Nutritionist in Fort Myers, FL.
Chiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent them before they start?
Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor, and nutritionist in Fort Myers can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.