Natural Ways to Help with Period Pain
Period pain happens to the best of us, and it is common to feel some discomfort around your abdomen, thighs and lower back when you're menstruating as your muscles contract and relax to get rid of built-up lining. But the good news is, there are some steps you can do from home to help you can take back control. Clinical naturopath and nutritionist Renee Grandi brings you the low-down on some of her tried and tested tips for helping with monthly discomfort.
Applying a cloth soaked in castor oil over the abdomen can enhance circulation and promote healing. Using this therapy 3-4 times per week for about 45 minutes may help alleviate pain.
Epsom salt baths can be relaxing and may help relieve muscle tension and pain. The magnesium in the salts can also be absorbed through the skin, which can help with muscle relaxation.
Applying heat to the lower abdomen can relax the contracting muscles in the uterus, thereby can help provide relief and comfort from cramps.
Massaging the abdomen with a mix of essential oils such as lavender, peppermint and clary sage combined with carriers like hemp or jojoba oil can help in reducing pain. This is particularly beneficial for those with endometriosis and uterine fibroids due to its potential anti-inflammatory properties.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is a device sends electrical pulses to nerve endings, which can disrupt pain signals and increase endorphin production.
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Medical Disclaimer: This blog is for information purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice.
With any persistent pain, especially period pain that is so bad that it interferes with your daily living, or stops you from going to school or work, it is important to consult a doctor to discuss treatment options.