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Menstrual Cramps & Homeopathy

May 14, 2018

 

Did you know that an estimated 50-70% of all women experience some degree of cramping or menstrual pain?

Menstrual pain can start 1-2 days before your period, can last 2-4 days and the pain can range from annoying to severe.  This pain is caused by the release of prostaglandins that produce contractions that force the uterus to shed its lining.  The more prostaglandins, the more severe the cramping.

 

Thankfully for the 50-70% of women that menstrual pain affects...homeopathy can help!

 

 

Below is a list of the more common remedies that can be used for menstrual cramps but remember, in order to choose the correct remedy, you need to find the one that most resembles your own symptoms.  It is always best to seek the advice of a registered Homeopath, especially if you get cramps every month.  A homeopath will be able to help you get to the bottom of your cramps and treat them through your personal constitutional remedy.

 

Magnesia Phosphoric:

This is by far the most common remedy for menstrual cramps.  A woman needing this remedy will have cramping that is relieved by heat, (think heating pad or hot bath).  Pressure on the abdomen can also help.  The cramps are most often worse before the period starts, with relief coming with onset of the flow.  

 

Belladonna:

A woman needing this remedy generally has throbbing pains that can be worse on the right side.  The cramps come on suddenly and violently.  A sensation of fullness in the uterus also accompanies the pain.  The flow is bright red at times, profuse and often gushing in nature.  Motion of any kind makes the pain worse.

 

 

Cactus Grandiflora:

A woman needing this remedy has extremely painful cramps that feel like there is a tight gripping band across the abdomen.  Occasionally the pain is intense enough that the woman cries out in pain.  There are often clots that cause pain as they pass and there may be throbbing in the ovary.

 

Chamomilla:

The pain with this remedy is intense and labour-like with the flow.  The pain often extends down the thighs.  The flow is profuse, dark and clotted with occasional gushing of bright red blood.

The woman needing this remedy is often extremely sensitive to pain and irritable.  Rocking and cold applications can bring relief while lying in bed makes it worse.

 

Colocynthis:

The cramping in this remedy is relieved if the person doubles over or puts hard pressure on the painful area.  They may vomit from the intensity of the pain. The woman may be irritable and often the pains get worse when they are angry or if they lay on the painless side.

 

Nux Vomica:

A woman needing this remedy will be irritable, impatient, easily offended and chilly.  The cramps can extend over the whole body and there may be an urge to have a bowel movement with each painful cramp.  The flow is typically early, profuse and lasts too long. 

 

Here is a guide to administering the remedies:

 

Choose the remedy that is most similar to your symptoms and use a 30C potency to start.

Put one pellet under your tongue, (20 minutes away from all food, drink and toothpaste), and allow it to dissolve completely. In 30 minutes re-evaluate your pain level.  If you have improved by 40% or more, don't take any more yet.  If your improvement is less than 40%, you can take another one.  

As long has you're seeing good improvement, don't take any more.  Once you stop improving or the improvement slows right down, you can take another dose.  

 

As always, for any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact Eryn at eryn@barriehomeoapthy.ca

 

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