The reason of why you are experiencing menstrual pain might be different from the reasons of any other woman, personalized programs should be implemented but in between you can speed up the process with below advises. There is no a magic pill that solves everything, commercial drugs do not address the root of the problem, they only pacify the symptoms so we do not feel the signals that the body is trying to tell you. If you have doubts about if you might be facing hormonal imbalance read also 21 Signs from Hormonal Imbalance to find it out.
1. Find a professional who understands you
Make an appointment with your gynecologist or a healthcare provider you trust. It probably won’t take one session to get it fixed, but it will help you to identify the causative factors and will guide you through a personalized program for your specific situation, which in long term will be more effective. Please note that holistic approaches like Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, etc., work the best addressing the root of the problem without the use of chemicals, having no secondary effects.
2. Learn the causative factors
According to Ayurveda, menstrual cramps and painful periods are caused first by an imbalance of vata dosha. Your genes, emotions, diet and lifestyle, stress level, and the constant change of hormonal dance along the cycle play a big role. Physical health issues such as endometriosis, fibroids, POC, etc, can increase period pain, as can mental health issues such as depression or schizophrenia. What are your causative factors? Learn about it to understand better the patterns or actions that have to be changed or done.
3. Dietary changes
A correct diet according to your constitution, the season, the local food available in your area and adjusting it to your menstrual cycles is essential. You might want to read how to eat the right food for your cycles. Use spices to increase your digestive capacity. A number of studies have indicated that certain supplements as Vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium can help women get rid of period pain. If you think you are lacking any of them probably your diet is not balanced. In case you want to catch up while progressively you change certain dietary patterns, please make sure that sources are organic, so the body will absorb them easier.
4. Warm the area up!
Heat can help get rid of menstrual cramps and abdominal pain within minutes. Grab a hot bottle water / heating pad / heating wrap and a cosy blanket because you have another excuse to relax without guilt, your body is asking for it, the rest can wait. Increasing the circulation the blood can flow freely, muscles can ease, and the nerves get a soothing effect as well. Dr Brian King in Heat Halts Pain Inside the Body, explains that “The heat doesn’t just provide comfort and have a placebo effect – it actually deactivates the pain at a molecular level in much the same way as pharmaceutical painkillers work. We have discovered how this molecular process works.”
5. Castor oil patches
Applying castor oil and heat in the lower abdomen or lower back you will help the body to release blockages in the channels that create obstruction. Obstruction often leads to pain, bloating, discomfort and sometimes inflammation. If you would like to learn more about it click here!
6. Abhyanga, self oil massage
Self body oleation mode on! With warm sesame oil before having a hot shower really balances vata dosha. Include it as part of your daily routine and you can rest once your period will arrive, you will find how your body is able to relax and you will assist in the waste elimination of toxins. The oil calms your nerve system making it less receptive for pain, since activates the circulation and the adrenals. You will also feel really good after creating this little sacred moment pampering yourself while you are very present.
7. Garshana gloves soft brushing!
Before Abhyanga is good o prepare the body for better absorption of the oil and to activate the self natural glow of your skin. Your endocrine system will benefit from this practice as well since it will boost your adrenals assisting in removing toxins and cellulitis without stressing the body like other dry brushes do. They are made 100 % raw silk and is the Ayurvedic beauty secret which at the same time, supports your digestion, improving the lymphatic system and circulation. Read more here!
8. Do vaginal steaming!
Vaginal steaming during pre-ovulation or just before your period starts is great for relaxing all the nerve terminations that are in local areas and vital organs around. Knowing the Vaginal steam contraindications is a very safe practice. If you would like to know more about vaginal steaming click here. Check also our 11 recipes of Yoni steams!
9. Drink Herbal infusions
Ginger, turmeric, chamomile, angelica root, mug wort, hibiscus, etc. the list is long and they address common menstrual discomforts, aches, and pains, helping to relax the body and soothe the mind. Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves according to your taste and drink it mindfulness. The warmth opens the channels and activates the circulation providing a very comforting feeling. We can advise you a tea that gets very good results and we get very positive feedback in case you do not have these herbs on hand click here.
10. Connect and fix the relationship with your menstrual cycle
Psychology plays a big role, do not approach your moon days as something negative, better look at those days as a break to pamper yourself. Relax into warm soothing baths. Eat healthy foods that nurture and sustain your energy. Make sure that you get enough sleep. The more you love and appreciate these days the easier it gets your menstruation. Connect with your blood and see it as a product of your choices, you will notice how much impact have the wrong choices through the symptoms you face and your blood qualities. We females are so lucky to have the chance of reset every month and see the effects of our actions so clearly.Do you know how to read your blood?
11. Start your Yoni egg practice
Exercising your pelvic floor along the month, resting during your bleeding days, increases the circulation and the the properties of the gemstones help you clear physical, energetic and emotional blockages. In case you do not know yet what are Yoni eggs you can read it here. What are Yoni Eggs?. we have a great selection of Vaginal eggs, and you can read about each gemstone qualities here! Yoni Eggs
It is an Ayurvedic herbal wine (made out of 10 herbs) used as a general health tonic which treats Vata imbalance diseases without affecting Pitta or Kapha doshas. Improves the digestion, (arthava) female reproductive system, indicated also in neurological and chronic respiratory disorders, anemia, skin and liver disorders, urinary disorders, bloating, abdominal tumors, infertility. The benefits are long and diverse. Wines should be always taken after meals. Your practitioner can indicate the personalized dose for your situation.
13. Activate your endorphin!
During your moon days only advise to rest, it’s time to go inwards. According to the ancient texts Astanga Hrdayam and Charaka Samhita, even having sex during your menses can create a mayor imbalance, since the movement of the flow should go downwards and restoration is needed. But along the month, exercise and having orgasms will have pain-relieving effect, due to the secretion of endorphin, once your menstruation will land. Endorphin boost your mood! There are some easy asanas that could be done during your period which relieves discomfort, and they should only be practiced using the half of your capacity without stressing the body. Meditative walks are advised as well. Sedentary lifestyle is a big enemy for the pelvic floor and the whole female reproductive system.
14. Sound therapy
Here is included the silence. The silence helps us to connect with ourselves and helps new brain cells in the hippocampus to grow which are responsible for the emotions. Activates the relaxation of the brain since it’s a natural anti-stress allowing us to feel how our body is functioning. Some singing bowls or relaxation music can make your organs to vibrate in a balanced rhythmic flow! Light a candle, choose your tune (or not), lie down, be present and listen!
Some specific blends and ingredients help relieve menstrual pain and support female hormonal balance, allowing you to relax the mind and the body. This best choice are the ones made of essential oils contains 100% pure therapeutic grade with some of the following ingredients, Cinamon, orange zest, cardamom, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Palo santo, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Ravensara, and Bergamont.
If you have pain, how do you manage it? Tell us what natural way works for you!