5 Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

HEALTH  |  February 01, 2017
  • 1. Drink chamomile tea
    1 / 5 1. Drink chamomile tea

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    Swap your regular coffee and teas for chamomile tea. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that participants had higher levels of glycine, which acts as a nerve relaxant, after drinking chamomile tea daily for two weeks. Higher levels of glycine can help to relax your uterus, thus soothing your cramps.

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  • 2. Apply heat
    2 / 5 2. Apply heat

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    Place a heating pad or hot water bottle on your lower abdomen. The heat helps to promote blood circulation and relax your muscles, soothing the pain. It feels even better if you snuggle up in bed with the heat pad or hot water bottle!

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  • 3. Massage acupuncture points
    3 / 5 3. Massage acupuncture points

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    There are many points on our body that are linked. Try pressing the point four fingers below your navel, or a three-finger space above the ball of your ankle on the inner side of your leg. You can even start massaging before the time of the month arrives, to reduce your PMS symptoms.

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  • 4. Do light exercise
    4 / 5 4. Do light exercise

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    Moping in bed seems like the best option when you’re having cramps. Get up and do some light exercises such as brisk walking instead. If you don’t want to leave the house, try doing yoga or pilates at home, but avoid the inverted poses. Exercising gets your adrenaline pumping, boosting your mood and improving blood flow! (Also read: 7 Best Exercises To Do During Your Period)

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  • 5. Sleep
    5 / 5 5. Sleep

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    Sleeping allows your body to rest and recuperate. Usually, I would take a nap when I’m having cramps and by the time I wake, the pain would be greatly reduced or even completely gone. Try sleeping in the foetal position, which can apparently ease your cramps and prevent nasty leakages too.

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