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The easiest natural remedies for period cramps

June 25, 2023

Period cramp, also known as dysmenorrhea, affect most women in Malaysia. The recently published research by YouGov in 2017 on period cramp among working women in Malaysia stated 86% of women suffered period pain and 81% claimed that it affected their ability to work. This article will explore Traditional Complementary Medicine (T-CM) perspective on the cause of period cramp and how T-CM provide natural remedies to heal period cramp with acupuncture and herbal drinks. 

First, T-CM attributes period cramp to imbalances in body’s energy flow, especially in those related to reproductive system. These are factors causing period cramp in T-CM: 

  1. Qi and blood stagnation. T-CM views period cramps as blocked Qi and blood flow to uterus, caused by emotional stress, dietary imbalance, and inactive lifestyle. 
  2. Cold invasion. Cold temperature or cold food and drinks lead to blood vessel contraction and cause stagnation and cramping in the uterus. 
  3.  Qi and blood deficiency. T-CM views inadequate Qi and blood causing unsmooth menstrual cycle, leading to cramps. 

As mentioned before, period cramps can cause physical discomfort to an individual such as abdominal pain, back pain, headache, and fatigue. These limit women ability for physical activities, work absences, social engagements, and disrupting their daily routine and reduce productivity. On the other hand, period cramps also lead to mood swings, irritability and emotional stress. To prevent these issues, T-CM provide holistic solution through herbal drink to soothe period cramp. 

Easiest herbal tea for period cramps

Ginger Tea

The first natural remedy for period cramp would be ginger tea. Malaysian can easily get ginger from their kitchen and make this tea. According to T-CM, ginger has warming properties that help promote blood circulation and relieve menstrual pain. One review of 7 studies also supported that consuming 750–2,000 mg of ginger powder during the first 3–4 days of period appeared to help reduce period pain for over 600 women involved in the studies. This is how you can make quick and simple ginger tea for period cramp: 

  1.  Chop up 1 inch ginger  into thin slices 
  2. Pour 1 cup boiling water over the ginger 
  3. Let steep for 15 minutes 
  4. Add honey and lemon (optional) 

Cinnamon Tea 

Another natural remedy for period cramp is cinnamon tea. Cinnamon is also easily accessible by Malaysian. In T-CM, cinnamon has warming properties that helps soothe cramps by improving blood circulation. Some evidence also supported that cinnamon helps reduce inflammation, which reduce the uncomfortable bloating that often accompanies the menstrual cycle. This is quick and simple recipe to make cinnamon tea for period cramp: 

  1. Put 2 stick cinnamon and 2 cup of water into a pot 
  2. Bring to boil, and simmer for 15 minutes 
  3. Add honey and lemon (optional) 

3 Acupuncture points to relive period cramp

Besides tea remedy, you can also do quick and simple acupuncture massage to deal with period pain at work. Acupuncture help with period pain by stimulating certain points on the body that are connected with menstrual cycle and reproductive system to relieve period cramp, back pain, and other period pain symptoms. These are two powerful acupressure point that you can massage: 

LI4 (He Gu):Located between the thumb and index finger on the highest point of the muscle. It relieves pain and is often used to treat headaches, toothaches, and menstrual cramps. 

 LV3 (Tai Chong):Located on the top of the foot, about one thumb width above the junction of the first and second metatarsal bones. It regulates the menstrual cycle and alleviate a range of menstrual problems, including cramping, headache, nausea, and bloating. 

In Conclusion....

In addition, T-CM also suggest dietary modification to help with period cramps. Consume warm food and drink during menstrual cycle such as soup, stew, herbal tea and warm water to improve blood circulation. Avoid cold food and drink such as ice cream, cold beverages, raw foods and excessive dairy products. Gentle exercise and movement including walking, yoga and tai chi also improve blood circulation, reduce stagnation and alleviate cramps. 

To conclude, T-CM offers various approach to ease period cramp including herbal medicine, acupuncture, and dietary or lifestyle modifications. This article highlights two natural remedies for Malaysian women which are ginger tea and cinnamon tea to help with period cramps by promoting better blood circulation and relaxing the uterus. Besides that, there is two acupuncture points Malaysian women can massage when dealing with period pain which are LV3 and LI4 as they able to relieve most period pain symptoms.  

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