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Menstrual cramps, which causes pain & discomfort in the abdomen in women, affects around 50% of women having their periods.
The cramps are caused when chemicals known as prostaglandins are released by the body. The release of the prostaglandins causes a contraction of the uterus, which in turn results in cramps.
To get rapid relief for menstrual cramps, other than using over the counter painkillers, why not try out these seven great home remedies, which are proven to work effectively, and just as quickly as painkillers.
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1. Use Heat To Ease Pain
The use of heat to ease menstrual cramp discomfort has been proven to work instantly.
One easy to follow home remedy is to use heat on areas where menstrual cramps are occurring. It is simple to apply suitable heat using a heated blanket, a hot flannel, or simply a hot water bottle (Be careful to make sure the temperature of it is not too hot though).
Having a good soak in a hot bath or shower can also prove to be very effective.
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2. Go Bananas!
Menstrual cramp discomfort during your period driving you bananas? Eat them! Bananas have a high naturally occurring potassium content, which many people believe helps to ease the pain of menstrual cramps.
There are a lot of ways you can eat a banana; from smoothies, through to deserts such as banana splits. Or you can simply just it as they are.
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3. Give Yoga A Try
Doing Yoga stretches while your monthly period is ‘on’ does not just treat abdominal cramps. It will also give you the much needed relaxation and this can aid in easing other related menstrual cycle symptoms.
Of note is that yoga poses, which help stretch and limber up both your hips and your pelvic joints, all without any compression or stretching of your abdomen, have been proven to be very effective when it comes to easing pain from menstrual cramps.
4. Ginger Infusion
At times when your menstruation period is particularly painful, then give our ginger home remedy a try.
To use it, simply crush one piece of ginger and place it in a cup of boiling water for two or three minutes. You can then choose to sweeten your ginger infusion by adding sugar. Take this home remedy three times a day after meals.
5. Add A Touch Of Cinnamon
Cinnamon can help to ease menstrual cramping symptoms, as it is known to have anti-inflammatory, as well as antispasmodic properties.
Most people think it tastes delicious, and if you do, then why not sprinkle cinnamon on your cereal or porridge in the morning? Or you can add it to your coffee or tea.
6. Drink Chamomile Tea
The use of chamomile tea in treating gynecologic problems such as menstrual cramps, as well as pain and discomfort in relation to Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) is widely known to be effective.
Simply pour two teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers into a cup, and then fill it with boiling water and leave it to sit for around five minutes before drinking it. If you choose to use shop-bought Chamomile tea bags, simply follow the instructions on the packet to use them.
If you want to prevent menstrual cramps in advance, what you can do is to start drinking a cup chamomile tea a couple of days before you think you may be having your period. And when your period starts, drink at least 2 cups a day.
7. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
It has been proven that apple cider vinegar has a positive effective on reducing your menstrual cramps.
Apple cider vinegar helps by regulating blood clotting and thus reduces the overall duration of your period as well as reducing the amount of blood that you lose, and in turn helps prevent anemia, which is a very good thing. Also, apple cider vinegar contains both potassium & calcium, which helps to reduce muscle cramping by easing the uterus muscles.
Our best home remedy for apple cider vinegar is to place one unfiltered teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar into a mug of warm (not boiling) water, and drink it before your meals for the best results.
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