Menstral Cramp cures – TCM VS Western Prescription VS Home Remedies

6 Dec

If you visit a TCM physician:

 Herbs commonly used in prescriptions:

1.     Dang Gui – 当归

 English/ Common name Female Ginseng

Latin species Angelica sinensis (Oliv) Diels

Action: Helps to promote blood production and improve blood circulation.

Precaution: Not suitable during pregnancy, or those who suffer from gastrointestinal or digestive discomforts.     


2.     Bai Shao – 白芍

English/ Common name White peony root

Latin species Paeonia lactiflora Pall.

Action: Helps to treat gynaecological discomforts, especially cramps, pains and giddiness. Also exhibits various neuroprotective actions of the central nervous system (CNS) after long-term daily administration

Precaution: Not to be used together with Veratrum nigrum L.


3.     Mei Gui Hua – 玫瑰花

 English/ Common name Rugosa Rose, Rose 

Latin species Rosa rugosa

Action: Help to reduce digestive upsets and improve menstrual discomforts. Recent studies also shown that Rosa rugosa exhibited anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant effects.

Precaution: No significant side-effects          

 Girly loves drinking rose tea!


4.     Sheng Jiang – 生姜

English/ Common name Fresh Ginger

Latin species Zingiber officinale Rosc.

Action:  Studies have shown its effectiveness in relieving pain for women suffering from menstrual cramps. Helps to ease various gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomit and diarrhoea.

Precaution: Not suitable for individuals suffering from fever or hot flushes, late nights or breathlessness.


5.     Wu Zhu Yu – 吴茱萸

English/ Common name Medicinal Evodia Fruit

Latin species Evodia rutaecarpa (Juss.) Benth

Action: Commonly used to ease menstrual symptoms including nausea, headaches, edema. Helps to relieve headachesand a wide range of digestive problems including chronic diarrhoea and vomit. 

Precaution/s Not suitable for pregnant women or for those who intend to try to conceive.


6.     Rou Gui – 肉桂

English/ Common name Chinese cinnamon

Latin species Cinnamomum cassia Presl

Park of plant used Bark

Action: Traditionally used to treat menstrual cramps, impotency, chest pain, backaches and frequent urination. Reports showed that it had anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-cancer effects.

Precaution: Avoid during pregnancy. Use with caution in patients with bleeding tendency. Incompatible with Halloysitum Rubrum.


For convenient option, try Wuji Baifeng Wan which consist of a blend of herbs that helps to regulate your menstruation.


Wuji Baifeng Wan乌鸡白凤is a blackish-brown pill used in Traditional Chinese medicine to “replenish “qi” and blood , regulate menstruation and arrest excessive leukorrhea” It is slightly aromatic and tastes sweet and slightly bitter. It is used where there is “deficiency of both “qi” and blood marked by emaciation and general feebleness, aching and limpness of loins and knees, disorders of menstruation with abnormal uterine bleeding and excessive leukorrhea “. The binding agent of the pill is honey.


If you visit the Western Physician


A number of nonprescription (over-the-counter) agents can help control the pain as well as actually prevent the menstrual cramps themselves. For mild cramps, aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol), or acetaminophen plus a diuretic (Diurex MPR, FEM-1, Midol, Pamprin, Premsyn, and others) may be sufficient. However, aspirin has limited effect in curbing the production of prostaglandin and is only useful for less painful cramps.

The main agents for treating moderate menstrual cramps are the nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which lower the production of prostaglandin and lessen its effect. The NSAIDs that do not require a prescription are:


  1. ibuprofen (Advil, Midol IB, Motrin, Nuprin, and others);
  2. naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox); and
  3. ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis KT).


A woman should start taking one of these medications before her pain becomes difficult to control. This might mean starting medication 1 to 2 days before her period is due to begin and continuing taking medication 1-2 days into her period. The best results are obtained by taking one of the NSAIDs on a scheduled basis and not waiting for the pain to begin.

Prescription NSAIDs available for the treatment of menstrual cramps include mefenamic acid (Ponstel) and meclofenamate (Meclomen).

Home Remedies

Ginger Tea with brown sugar

Ginger tea has already been known to help stomach aches and now research has been shown it to relax tense muscles and ease menstrual cramps. Research shows that it is the gingerols that give ginger its’ incredible healing properties. Gingerols are natural pain killers that warm the muscles, put a damper on menstrual cramps and stimulate blood flow to the muscles so they can heal more rapidly.

Ginger tea is also filled with loads of magnesium and with vitamin C, which relax the nervous system and help to lower stress hormone levels. To use, put three to four ginger tea bags into your bath water. As your body soaks in the soothing bath water, its hardworking plant compounds will soak into your pores.

Just the scent of the ginger, as you breathe it inside of you, helps to relax your body, mind and your soul. It is such a relaxing scent. Let it fill you up as you lay in the water and relax.


Hot Chocolate with Almond Milk

This hot chocolate is made with dark cocoa powder and almond milk, both of which are packed with magnesium. Evidence suggests magnesium deficiency may be a cause of menstrual pain in some women and that restoring magnesium levels to normal can progressively reduce the severity and duration of menstrual cramps. Magnesium has also been shown to relieve back pain associated with menstruation.


Hot or Cold Treatment

Heat helps, so throw a heating pad into the microwave or fill a hot water bottle and place it on your stomach or back. However, for some women, a build-up of blood in their pelvis may be the culprit behind their cramps, in which case an ice pack is actually more useful than a heat pack. The cold from the ice pack works to draw the blood out of the pelvis and towards the extremities. Try using both kinds of packs to see which is best for you.


Hey girls, if you are often trouble by menstrual cramp, try out these home remedies for a quick cure! As you know your body the best, look out if you are allergic to any of the drugs or herbs for your menstrual cramp treatment.


See ya soon!


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