It is the pain or discomfort (cramps) during or just before a menstrual period.

Dysmenorrhea, Menstrual Cramps

Symptoms of Menstrual Cramps

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Pain confined to lower abdomen
  • Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea
  • Headache, constipation
  • Tenderness in breast, swollen abdomen
  • General stiffness, back-ache, moist skin
  • Fast heart Rate, anxiety

Causes of Menstrual Cramps

  • Fear, Tension, Hormonal imbalances, uterine fibroid
  • Infection of uterus lining, fallopian tubes or ovaries
  • Miscarriage, Smoking, Low calcium diet
  • Ovarian cyst, Intra uterine device
  • Cessation of oral contraceptive pills
  • Alcoholism, Psychogenic, Irregular period

Natural Treatment for Menstrual Cramps

Herbs & Supplements for Menstrual Cramps

  • Jatamansi
  • Brahmi
  • Pippali
  • Shatavari
  • Guggulu

Mind & Body Approach

  • Pranayamas
  • Bhramari
  • Nadi Shodhna
  • Ujjayi

Aasnas

  • Vajra Aasna
  • Shashanka Aasna
  • Bhujang Aasna
  • Sarvang Aasna
  • Siddha yoni Aasna
  • Abdominal breathing in shava
  • Chakr Aasna

Relaxation Therapy

  • Yoga Nidra
  • Meditation

Diet in Menstrual Cramps

Do’s:-

  • Light vegetarian diet
  • Fruits, Grains
  • Calcium supplements
  • Iron enriched diet
  • Lightly cooked foods, raw vegetables

Don’ts:-

  • Meat, Coffee
  • Soft drink, Alcohol
  • Processed & artificial foods
  • Junk foods

Prevention for Menstrual Cramps

  • Regular exercise
  • Smoking, Hot bath
  • Placing heat pad on abdomen.