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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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Facts on Menstrual Cramps

22 Nov

What are menstrual cramps?

Menstrual cramps are pains in the belly and pelvic areas that are experienced by a woman as a result of her menstrual period. Menstrual cramps are not the same as the discomfort felt during premenstrual syndrome (PMS), although the symptoms of both disorders can sometimes be experienced as a continual process. Many women suffer from both PMS and menstrual cramps.

Menstrual cramps can range from mild to quite severe. Mild menstrual cramps may be barely noticeable and of short duration sometimes felt just as a sense of light heaviness in the belly. Severe menstrual cramps can be so painful that they interfere with a woman’s regular activities for several days.

How common are menstrual cramps?

Menstrual cramps of some degree affect more than an estimated 50% of women, and among these, up to 15% would describe their menstrual cramps as severe. Surveys of adolescent girls show that over 90% of girls report having menstrual cramps.

What is dysmenorrhea?

The medical term for menstrual cramps is dysmenorrhea. There are two types of dysmenorrhea, primary and secondary.

In primary dysmenorrhea, there is no underlying gynecologic problem causing the pain. This type of cramping may begin within six months to a year following menarche (the beginning of menstruation), the time when a girl starts having menstrual periods. Menstrual cramps typically do not begin until ovulatory menstrual cycles (when an egg is released from the ovaries) occur, and actual menstrual bleeding usually begins before the onset of ovulation. Therefore, an adolescent girl may not experience dysmenorrhea until months to years following the onset of menstruation.

In secondary dysmenorrhea, some underlying abnormal condition (usually involving a woman’s reproductive system) contributes to the menstrual pain. Secondary dysmenorrhea may be evident at menarche but, more often, the condition develops later.

What causes menstrual cramps?

Each month, the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) normally builds up in preparation for a possible pregnancy. After ovulation, if the egg is not fertilized by a sperm, no pregnancy will result and the current lining of the uterus is no longer needed. The woman’s estrogen and progesterone hormone levels decline, and the lining of the uterus becomes swollen and is eventually shed as the menstrual flow and is replaced by a new lining in the next monthly cycle.

When the old uterine lining begins to break down, molecular compounds called prostaglandins are released. These compounds cause the muscles of the uterus to contract. When the uterine muscles contract, they constrict the blood supply (vasoconstriction) to the endometrium. This contraction blocks the delivery of oxygen to the tissue of the endometrium which, in turn, breaks down and dies. After the death of this tissue, the uterine contractions literally squeeze the old endometrial tissue through the cervix and out of the body by way of the vagina. Other substances known as leukotrienes, which are chemicals that play a role in the inflammatory response, are also elevated at this time and may be related to the development of menstrual cramps.

Why are some cramps so painful?

Menstrual cramps are caused by the uterine contractions that occur in response to prostaglandins and other chemicals. The cramping sensation is intensified when clots or pieces of bloody tissue from the lining of the uterus pass through the cervix, especially if a woman’s cervical canal is narrow.

The difference between menstrual cramps that are more painful and those that are less painful may be related to a woman’s prostaglandin levels. Women with menstrual cramps have elevated levels of prostaglandins in the endometrium (uterine lining) when compared with women who do not experience cramps. Menstrual cramps are very similar to those a pregnant woman experiences when she is given prostaglandin as a medication to induce labor.

Now that you know the causes of your cramps, in the next post, Girly editor will share some tips on how to reduce those nasty cramps! Both the TCM, scientific physcian and the myths that you hear from your girly friends…

See ya till then..!