Menstrual cramps, known clinically as dysmenorrhea, are a very common discomfort. It is estimated that between 25% and 60% of women suffer from it.
These pains can become so strong that they prevent women who suffer from them from carrying out their activities in a normal way. In such cases, it would be advisable to go to the doctor to obtain a proper diagnosis of the situation in order to determine the best treatment for the condition.
Of course, there are different home remedies that help relieve symptoms, including infusions for menstrual cramps that we will present below.
Causes and symptoms of menstrual cramps
The main symptom is abdominal cramps that, at times, appear as intense spasms of a certain duration, while at other times they feel like a dull and constant pain that can radiate to the back. Added to this are other symptoms that include tiredness, headache and breast pain, dizziness, diarrhea and general weakness.
Its appearance usually occurs with the lowering of the period, however, some women already experience them the day before. The main cause is the contraction of the uterine walls caused by the secretion of prostaglandins to achieve the decomposition of the mucosa that is then expelled in the form of menstruation.
However, it can also happen that there is a disease, such as endometriosis or fibromyoma, that generates the pain. In this case we speak of secondary dysmenorrhea and medical consultation would be necessary.
Infusions for menstrual pain
There are different infusions that have been used for many years in natural medicine to relieve the various discomforts caused by the menstrual cycle. Here we present the most used.
We start our selection of infusions with the most used to treat period-related pain: chamomile infusion. This plant contains glycine, a component that different studies have indicated would act as a natural relaxant, thus helping to control menstrual pain. The regular intake of this infusion would help to improve all the symptoms caused by the rule.
To prepare it, it is recommended to infuse two teaspoons of chamomile for each cup of water at 85°C for 6 minutes.
Although in the West we use oregano mainly as a spice, it is also possible to take advantage of its health benefits in infusion.
Among its many uses we find the treatment of menstrual cramps. Its antioxidant content helps relieve inflammation, according to some studies. However, more research in this regard would be necessary. You can prepare an effective infusion for menstrual cramps with a teaspoon of oregano per cup of water.
Ayurvedic medicine uses ginger to treat various problems such as nausea and vomiting. In addition, researchers have attributed antidiabetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties to it.
Precisely, the latter help relieve menstrual pain and other conditions such as inflammation caused by irritable bowel syndrome. Its active gingerols are thought to be responsible for its calming effect.
Giving you instructions to prepare this infusion is not easy because the flavor of ginger is very particular. Some people recommend about 5g of ginger per cup, you could start by following that recommendation and seeing if its flavor overwhelms you or if it is right for you.
Historically, it has been used to relieve menstrual cramps due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Experts in natural medicine suggest drinking a cup of this infusion every day from the start of discomfort (even before your period starts) to minimize inflammation and pain. To do this, infuse 5 g of fennel seeds per cup of water for 5 minutes.
Despite the lack of scientific data to support its use to combat menstrual cramps, dandelion infusion is among the most recommended by natural medicine. Its anti-inflammatory properties allow the abdominal area to deflate during menstruation, relieving discomfort. Prepare it by infusing a tablespoon of dandelion leaves, flowers or root for each cup of water, for 5 minutes.
Parsley is also infused to treat menstrual cramps. Ayurvedic medicine maintains that its antispasmodic effects help relieve period pain, in addition to promoting the elimination of menstrual flows. The data in this regard have not been scientifically proven to date.
Compared the effect of cinnamon tea with the action of ibuprofen in the treatment of menstrual cramps. The conclusions indicated that cinnamon reduces pain significantly, although less than the effect achieved with ibuprofen. However, the experts recommended further studies on the subject.
Prepare this infusion with a cinnamon stick per cup, heat the water until it bubbles and let it infuse for two minutes. Cover and let sit 5 more minutes before drinking.
Witch hazel infusion
Hamamelis encompasses a family of plants typical of Japan, China and North America. It is usually used in the treatment of hemorrhoids, but it is also used to combat menstrual cramps as it helps regulate blood flow. Remember that an excess of blood flow could cause abdominal cramps. It is recommended to use 3 grams per cup and drink twice a day.
Take note of these infusions and do not hesitate to try them the next time you suffer from menstrual cramps. And remember: if the pain persists over time, without improvement even using these home remedies, you need to consult your trusted doctor.