Herbal Remedies for Cramps

Herbal remedies for cramps are best taken as juice mixes or as teas three times a day. Once in the morning, once at lunch and another just before bed.

Each month many women (not all) suffer from a pain as a result of menstrual cramps (scientifically known as dysmerorrhea). This article explores symptoms, causes, herbal remedies as well as other remedies that help in providing relief from this pain.

Symptoms of Cramps

  1. A dull lower back pain
  2. Irritability and moodiness
  3. Pulling feeling in the lower abdomen
  4. Bloating which is also associated with PMS
  5. Nausea and vomiting which is associated with heavy cramps.
  6. Radiating pains that shoot downwards through the body
  7. Headaches
  8. Constipation or diarrhea which is mainly caused by poor dieting or inadequate water consumption
  9. A frequent need to urinate
  10. Waves of intense pain

Causes of Cramps

  • Cramping is usually caused by uterus contractions regulated by the prostaglandis, a hormone like substance
  • Congestion in the pelvic area and poor circulation is also known to cause cramps and spasms and is made worse by a lack of exercise and emotional turmoil
  • If suffering from extreme cramps, it may be because of estrogen being reabsorbed from the bowels (which don't move frequently enough) leading to higher levels of estrogen.

8 Herbal Remedies for Cramps

1. Dong Quai & Camomile

  • They work to provide relief in the uterus, the blood , the muscles and the nerves within the body
  • If taken in juice form, one tablespoon of the mixed herbal remedies should be used.
  • Alternatively, if taken as a tea, a teaspoon of the mix in boiling water should be used
  • Take the herbal remedies three times a day

2. Iron Cocktail

  • These herbal remedies for cramps helps in building up strength lost because of blood loss. It also provide relief from cramps
  • Combine 2 tablespoons each of yarrow juice and stinging nettle juice and 4 tablespoons of red beet juice.
  • Mix into half a cup of grape juice and add ice cubes
  • Drink 3 times a day

3. Bromelain

  • This herb induces much needed relaxation
  • It is most effective as crashed tablets/capsules and mixed with flax cream or calendula and inserted into the vagina

4. Yarrow and Silverweed

  • It is also known as the cramp weed
  • It helps in providing relief from cramp symptoms
  • If taken in juice form, one tablespoon of the mixed herbal remedies should be used.
  • Alternatively, if taken as a tea, a teaspoon of the mix in boiling water should be used
  • Take the herbal remedies three times a day

5. Comfrey, Skullcap & Oat Straw

  • Aids in the absorption of calcium in the blood stream
  • It is best taken as a tincture, as tea or as capsules
  • If taken as a tea, a teaspoon of the mix in boiling water should be used
  • Take the herbal remedies three times a day

6. Black Cohosh

  • Not only does this herbal remedy provide relief from cramps , it also helps in the regulation of menstruation
  • If taken in juice form, one tablespoon of the mixed herbal remedies should be used.
  • Alternatively, if taken as a tea, a teaspoon of the mix in boiling water should be used
  • Take the herbal remedies three times a day

7.Valerian Tea & St. John's Wort

  • This helps to promote calmness and strengthens frail nerves
  • It is best taken as a tea. Mix a teaspoon of the two in a cup of boiling water and drink 3 times a day

8. Aqueous Horsetail Extract & Organic Vegetal Silica

  • Aqueous horsetail extract as herbal remedies for cramps are excellent in facilitating better absorption of calcium
  • The remedy should be taken in capsule form 3 times a day
  • Alternatively,take 2 tablespoons of organic vegetal silica that is dissolved in half a cup of warm water every day

Other Remedies that Help

  • Walking, cycling and swimming helps in the improvement of circulation in the body
  • A hot shower directed at the abdomen provides much needed relief
  • Regular exercise and exposure to fresh air provides relief from tension and prevents cramping
  • Apply cold water genital rub once a week to strengthen the reproductive organs
  • Apply 5 layers of cotton that have been immersed in castor oil on the abdomen with a hot water bottle until it becomes cold.
  • Take sitz baths with thyme and camomile at 37 degrees (not any hotter!!). As you do so, put hot abdomen wraps by compressing on the affected area

Herbal remedies for cramps are excellent not only in providing relief form symptoms but also aids in replenishing the body of nutrients such as calcium and provide strength/energy. However, if suffering from intense painful periods, it is wise to seek out the services of a medical professional near you as it may be a sign of another illness such as fibroids or pelvic inflammatory disease among others.


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