HERBAL MEDICINE TO EASE MENSTRUAL PAIN
Herbal medicine can provide extreme relief for painful periods and may be helpful for reducing uterus spasms. Depending on the cause of the period pain, there are various herbs to consider weaving into your daily rhythm:
Hormone regulating herbs: Vitex, peony, Tribulus, black cohosh. Uterine tonic herbs: Blue cohosh, raspberry leaf, false unicorn, Vitex. Antispasmodic herbs (to treat muscle spasms): Blue cohosh, wild yam, peony, cramp bark Warming herbs (these are important as poor circulation in the uterus region can contribute to period pain): Ginger, cinnamon, ginkgo biloba, rosemary. Nervine (relaxing) herbs: Valerian, Jamaican dogwood, corydalis, chamomile, skullcap. Anodyne (analgesic) herbs: Corydalis, Jamaican dogwood, dong quai, willow bark, California poppy. Liver tonics (to support hormonal clearance): Bupleurum, globe artichoke, St. Mary’s Thistle. As with supplements, before starting any herbal medicine it’s important to speak with a qualified herbalist or naturopath to determine if these herbs are suitable for you.
LIFESTYLE FACTORS TO SUPPORT YOUR CYCLE:
There are so many lifestyle factors that may help to reduce the pain and discomfort sometimes found with the menstrual cycle. These include:
Acupuncture. Castor oil packs. Massage. Exercise. Sex (if you are up for period sex, orgasming may reduce muscle spasms and relieve pelvic congestion).
Looking for more ways to nourish your body in line with your monthly cycle? Read our guide to cyclical living.
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