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4 natural remedies for period pain

Submitted by on Thursday, 30 April 2009 Loading Add to favourites  5 Comments

evening-primrose-oil-a-natural-remedy-for-period-painAround 80 per cent of women experience period pain at some stage in their lives. Nearly ten per cent of women admit to being nearly bedridden with period pain at some time during their cycle.

Fortunately, there are many natural remedies available. By taking time to try different remedies or making subtle lifestyle changes you might be able to make period pain a thing of the past.

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  • Herbs such as campbark, skullcap or black haw can help ease cramping. Black cohosh and Dong Quai can help balance the hormones.
  • Evening primrose oil is rich in gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), an anti inflammatory prostoglandin that has the ability to counter the inflammatory hormones that cause period pain.
  • According to studies, 66 per cent of women experienced less pain when using a magnet. They can easily be attached to your abdomen and are discreet enough to be worn all day.
  • Acupuncture boasts wonderful results in treating pain. You would need to consider weekly visits over a number of menstrual cycles, but it can be well worth it.

Positive attitude

I’m extremely lucky and suffer virtually no pain at all. Personally I believe that the correct diet can work wonders, along with gentle exercise. If the energy in your body is flowing freely, relaxed and is not stagnant, then pain will reduce. A hot water bottle can be soothing and help ease cramping during painful times.

[amazon-product small=”1″]0470153792[/amazon-product]I also wonder if period pain can be attitude and belief based. I would love to run a study on how women feel about periods and whether this affects the level of discomfort they experience.

What about you? Do you have a tried and tested natural remedy for period pain? What is your (and your partner’s) attitude towards menstruation – do you think this affects your experience of it?


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  • JanePlain says:

    I enjoyed you article. I am wondering if you have tried any of the new products for period pain that use PEMF. There are several advertised now and more doctors are discussing. My GYN was part of a clinical study on one of them – I tried it and it did seem to relief some of the pain, but not all. I don’t like taking pain pills, but there are not a lot of alternatives out there. Jane

  • Mrs Green says:

    Morning Jane – welcome to the site and thank you for your comment. I had not heard of PEMF until you mentioned it. I love hearing about new ideas. Is PEMF like TENS?
    If so, it’s not something that would suit me personally as I don’t like the feeling of TENS, but I’m sure it could be helpful to a lot of women.

  • Bethany says:

    I usually drink peppermint tea, or chamomile if I have it, but put honey in it. I would also like to say that I love your articles, and you are helping me create a greener lifestyle. I’m a university student so money can sometimes be a problem but your tips for living cheaply is a godsend!

  • Mrs Green says:

    Hello Bethany; welcome to the site. Thank you for sharing your ideas about the peppermint and chamomile – these are wonderfully soothing and healing.
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the site and I deeply admire you trying to green up your life on a budget. It is often used as an excuse to do nothing; so well done you! What are you studying?