There is nothing quite like a bad case of menstrual cramps.
In recent years, medical researchers reported that they now
understood the exact biochemical cause of menstrual cramps.
This probably came as little consolation to the women who
must endure menstrual cramping on a monthly basis. Still, it
definitely helps to understand the nature of these nasty
Understanding them can often help overcome them. It appears
that menstrual cramps are the result of hormone-like chemicals
that are known as series-2 prostaglandins. T
hese chemicals are responsible for triggering the
contractions in the muscular wall of the uterus, perhaps better
known as the womb.
Conventional medicine has also figured out how to treat
Many over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal and
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are now available to treat
even the worse case of menstrual cramping. These accessible
medications work by cutting down on the formation of those
However, many alternative medicine practitioners believe
that there are certain nutritional factors that can help
stimulate the production of series-2 prostaglandins. According
to many alternative medicine practitioners, eliminating certain
nutritional factors can significantly reduce the severity of
Moreover, many herbalists and naturopathic doctors advise
us, the severity of menstrual cramping can also be controlled
through the use of several herbal remedies.
Here is a brief overview of the most important herbal
treatments for treating menstrual cramps.
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Multiherb Formulas: There are many multiherb
formulas out there that can help control menstrual cramping.
Look for multiherb formulas that are made from pure tinctures
of ginger, valerian, and motherwort. Most likely, multiherb
formulas containing these ingredients are more likely to be
effective. What can each of these herbs do for you during that
period of menstrual cramping each month?
Valerian is thought of as a
powerful and general relaxant, and black haw is known to be a
relaxant that specifically relaxes the area around the uterus.
The ginger is known as an important life-energy herb--what is
known as chi in traditional Chinese medicine.
Motherwort is another
important herb that is used for any sort of gynelogical
imbalance. If you can’t find a multiherb formula that contains
all four herbs, you can create one yourself by purchasing pure
tincture formulas of all herbs. Take equal parts of each
tincture and combine. Take a teaspoon of your multiherb formula
two times a day for every day that you experience menstrual
There are several practical applications for
the Aloe Vera plant.
The Aloe Vera gel can be applied directly to
burns, wounds, fungal infections, insect bites,
and areas of dry skin. You can simply split the
Aloe Vera leaf and apply the gel directly.
You can also collect the gel from several
split leaves of the Aloe Vera plant to make an
The gel of Aloe Vera can also be inhaled as
a steam inhalation to treat bronchial
A tincture can also be made from its leaves
and taken as an appetite stimulant.
Motherwort: If you simply can’t find or
make a multiherb formula, then you should at least make an
effort to take motherwort tincture. Of all the herbs, this is
the most important for stopping menstrual cramps. Start with a
small dose, such as five drops or so.
If you don’t notice relief within ten minutes of taking the
first small dose, take another five drops. It is very easy to
take too many doses of any tincture, so make sure you keep
track of your doses. Do not take more than four doses in one
day, but you can continue taking motherwort for each
day that you experience menstrual cramps.