Ayurveda Self-Treatment

Menstrual Cramps

    Last Updated by: Guruji Murugan Chillayah on 29 August 2017 (Fri) 01:00 AM (GMT+8)

Menstrual Cramps Treatment

Menstrual Cramps:

  • Menstrual cramps refer to the throbbing pain which occurs at the onset or during a menstrual period

Causes:

  • Prostaglandin is a hormone like substance, which leads to contraction of the uterus muscles and cause abdominal pain

Pressure Points Remedies:

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is the massage of acupuncture points and is used to promote circulation and reduce pain. You can use it to reduce menstrual cramps and symptoms of PMS.

The two best points for cramp relief are Komberi Kaalam ( Stomach 36 - ST 36) and also AAA ( Spleen 6 - SP 6). Recommendation from New York Acupuncture Clinic, which they often advise patients to massage these two acupressure points on their own.

Komberi Kaalam (Stomach 36)
Stomach 36

Stomach 36 (ST 36) is one of the most important and commonly used acupuncture points. If you are trying to reduce menstrual cramps you should first gently examine ST 36 area. If the muscles there are tight, then pressing deeply and strongly with your thumb will help reduce the cramping and pain. Be careful because this area can be sensitive and pressing very hard can cause bruising. If the muscle there are weak, then gently rubbing is better. This point can also be used for general health, improve digestion, stomachaches, and reduce fatigue.

To locate ST 36 find the bump on your bone about one inch below the knee. This bump is called the tibial tuberosity. ST 36 is level with the bottom of the tibial tuberosity, one thumb width towards the outside of the leg.
Do not rub these points if you are pregnant.

AAA (Spleen 6)
Spleen 6

Spleen 6 (SP 6) is a very important point to reduce menstrual cramps, regulate the menstrual cycle, treat pain, and improve energy. This is because the point strongly moves the internal energy of chakra and blood. It also helps to produce internal energy of chakra. So stimulating this point will help improve digestion, energy, and reduce pain and can be used to prevent or treat acute cramps.

SP 6 is located on the inside of your calf. The point is on the center line of your leg. Place your hand on the top of the inner ankle bone. The point is the same distance as the width of you 4 fingers put together.

You can use these points to relieve cramps, but also you can rub both of these points daily to prevent menstrual cramps.
Do not rub these points if you are pregnant.

OTHER RELATED: Varma Pressure Points - at Legs

Natural home remedy using flaxseeds:

1. Eat 2 tbsp of flaxseeds every day during periods
2. This reduces prostaglandin levels in the body

Natural home remedy using ginger, honey, lemon and tea:

1. Prepare black tea
2. Add to it ½ tsp of crushed ginger
3. Add 2 tsp lemon juice
4. Add 1 tsp honey
5. Drink this tea at regular intervals during the day

Natural home remedy using basil leaves:

1. Crush a handful of basil leaves
2. Press the paste on a sieve to extract juice
3. Take 1 glass hot water
4. Add 2 tsp basil leave juice
5. Mix well
6. Drink thrice everyday

Tips:

  • Acupuncture treatment provides pain relief
  • Include in diet:
    • Cinnamon
    • Sesame seeds
    • Ginger
    • Parsley

    NOTE : The intention of this article is only for information. It is not a substitute to any other standard medical diagnosis. For proper treatment, always consult a qualified Ayurvedic physician.

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