Hi All- I believe that cramps have something to do with a deficiency of Calcium. I had very severe cramps growing up to the point that it felt as if I had been hit by a car and dragged several yards, every inch of my body ached. It was aweful. Then in my early 30's, I happened upon a wonderful website called blueribbonbabies.com while searching for reason why I had developed toxemia with my first and only pregnancy. According to the website, the cure is Calcium/Milk and when I checked my prenatal pills at the time (1992), there was almost NO CALCIUM in the mix! I felt totally misled by my healthcare providers! How could they not insist a pregnant woman take Calcium and let me get so sick! That is a whole other story.
My point is that I started feeling much better healthwise when I started taking CALCIUM/MAGNESIUM/ZINC mix, almost never get sick and cramping had also disappeared which was amazing!
Now in my 50's I am going thru the menopause and the cramping is back. Though not as severe. I think that it has again something to do with Calcium. Just observing, don't you notice how about this time (menopause) our relatives all start to shrink? I have taken about 2 capsules of the recommended 3 thinking I will get some from my diet. I have increased it slightly and do notice the cramps diminish. I was telling my sister the other night that it felt as if the Calcium was being sucked out of my pelvis... Anything to do with why seniors often break at the pelvis? Hmmmm..... Just a humble observer of the world...
(Near Austin, Tx)
I would like to add another "Yea" here for Chamomile Tea for menstrual cramping with the comment:
I almost always have bad cramps on the first day of my period. Because of a new diet protocol I can't take my usual ibuprofen, so I tried acetaminophen instead. An hour later, I still felt no relief. Because the diet is also sugar-free, I couldn't try the blackstrap molasses recommended by others on this site. I had read elsewhere about chamomile tea helping with menstrual pain, so I put a tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers into about 1 1/2 cups of hot water and let steep for 10 minutes. About 10 minutes after drinking the tea, my cramps had improved, and after 20 minutes, the cramps had almost completely subsided, as well as a good deal of my related neck and back pain. I will be using this remedy every month now!
Chamomile Tea good for menstrual cramps (with no sugar). Take right when you get pain.
Corn Silk tea is also very good for menstrual cramps. You can buy this tea online or at a health food store. Prepare it as you would regular tea using a rounded teaspoon of the corn silks to a cup of boiling water and let steep. Just drinking one or two cups is all that's needed.
This is a God send herb. It decreases my menstrual cramps by 90%. I like the swanson brand. I take 3 capsules on sight of my cramps. This works like nothing else. But you should still talk to your Dr.t o get to the bottom of the reason why. And try to eat healthily and exercise etc. I know caffeine and dairy can make cramps worse.
I have suffered forever with severe stomach and back pain during my periods lasting for 24 hours along with heavy bleeding. Sometimes I have even thrown up and or fainted with the pain. It did get slightly better after having 2 children, however every month it would wipe me out as I could not function during this time.
I've done lots of research, some of which has helped but not enough to write about until I came across cramp bark extract. I started taking it the day before my period to get into my system (following the instructions on the label) and I felt 90% better which was like a miracle for me. I still had some cramping but what I would consider 'normal monthly cramps.'
This is the first time I have wrote a post as I'm hoping it could help someone else experiencing the same thing.
My teen was having the most horrid debilitating back pain, along with seven or eight days of bleeding during every period. Back pain would persist during the full week. For a few months we tried BSM 2x/day, ACV (poor compliance due to taste), cramp bark, raspberry leaf tea, magnesium pills and spray, dmso, aloe, traumeel, osteopathy, massage therapy, chiropractic, (etc) but back pain persisted and was still holding her back from participating in life. It also became a full-time job for me to manage. She was taking extra strength ibuprofen three time per day and her low back was still on fire to touch, We had gone to the doctor and considering BC pills.
I happened across a post about Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) being effective, when nothing else worked. We began at one capsule a day for two weeks heading up to menses and continued during cycle. I also give her raspberry leaf tea in morning of day one and two. She had absolutely no cramping or pain on first try and there's no pain during menses since. Her period has been reduced to three days. This supplement is expensive (as must be bioavailable form) so be prepared, especially compared to using turmeric on its own, but it's changed her life. My daughter asked me to post this "on the internet" so other girls won't suffer as she did!
Long story short:
Since I can remember, first day - and more specifically first few hours - of my period always give me hell. I could scratch wall with my bare fingers from pain and often I am sick to my stomach from pain. Basically I lay down dead, unable to do anything, just living from 'contraction' to 'contraction' during the first day.
I used to take Ibuprofen, but I wanted to find a natural solution. I have found it in one book written by European herb specialist Maria Treben.
How I stop my period pain:
It takes 2 herbs:
1. Alchemilla xanthochlora (also known as Dewcup or Lady's Mantle)
2. Achillea millefolium (also known as Yarrow)
I use these herbs in dried form. I take same amount of both and make a VERY STRONG herbal tea.
I usually make one cup of it for instant use (to stop the pain I experience during worst few first hours) and then one jug of it for later use during that first day.
For cup: I put about 6 really knobby teaspoons of each herb
For jug: I put about 6 table spoons of each herb
I boil water and pour it slowly over the herbs. Then I place cover over the cup/jug to stop the important essential substances from evaporating. I leave it to infuse for about 15 min and then drink it slowly.
Both herbs are mild, so this one time concentrated 'shot' should not cause any issues, however in these days of ever-present allergies to everything, I would test first small amount when not on period to see if any allergic reactions occur. Also you need to listen to your body and adjust the amount of the herbs - some might need less, some more, to work effectively.
It is important to learn to recognize the very first signs of the 'apocalypse' coming, so that you drink the tea in time to prevent the biggest pain. The infusion takes about 30 to 45 mins to begin working. When it starts working, you will experience sweet comfort flooding your body. After few hours, you might need to take another shot - from jug, to keep the good result. I drink the cup for the first worst hours and then keep up with the jug content during the rest of the day.
I have advised several girls in my job about this herbal mix and they now swear by it. Some had it so bad that they fainted from pain. They spread it now to their friends and I haven't heard yet about anyone not having a good result with it. They put away pills and do 'my' tea now, for which I am glad, because I strongly believe in Nature as a biggest Healer : )
Availability of the herbs:
I am not sure, whether these two herbs are available outside selected EU countries - I certainly don't see them growing in wild in southern EU.
For a few decades, I had the most painful cramps and horrible PMS. A few months ago, I started drinking a large cup of Dong Quai tea every afternoon - except during my period, and since then, no more cramps, no more PMS. My husband loves it - and me too.
For relief from menstrual cramps, steep dried oregano (any kind as you would normally have in your pantry) in boiling water for several minutes. Sip at least one cup, more if needed.
I'm 45 yrs old at the time of this review. My menstral cramps had become unbearable - even to the point of me not being able to walk or stand. I found this site and just happened to have Evening Primrose Oil on hand in 1300 mg capsules. Immediately I took two. Within 30 minutes I was able to stand and walk normally. After an hour, the cramps had nearly disappeared. I've been using Evening Primrose Oil for 6 months now and discovered if I take two caps daily, then increase to 4-6 during my period, the cramps are diminished greatly. They still happen, but I am able to function. I found the more capsules I take in a day during cramps, the better it works. I will not go without them now. Thanks Earth Clinic for the recommendation! It works! :)
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I had menstrual cramps from the age of 14-26. I was told by my OB/GYN that I needed birth control to balance my body and stop the cramping. Well, Midway through year/age 26 I met my, now, husband. He shared with me primrose, as it was a supplement that he sold. Told me that I should try it.
I started taking it two weeks prior to the start of my cycle. I would take one a day (supplemental pill form). Before taking the supplements, I had the worse cramps. I would throw up. I would black out from pain. I would even have diarrhea (spelling?). Well, that first month I took it, I still had a tinge of a cramp but nothing as severe as I had previously, no diarrhea, no blackouts, and no vomiting.
Thereafter I took them once a day, one week prior, then two days before my cycle began I would take 4 (it allows up to 4 a day). MIRACLE, no feelings of cramps, no sleeping in, no calling off work, no blackouts, no vomiting, no NOTHING. I was completely healed, WITHOUT Birth Control.
I KNOW that this stuff works and for two years now, I've not had any cramps.
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Evening Primrose Oil for Menstrual Cramps:
It works!!!!!!! Ok I have only tried this once so I will update later. I took one the day my period started then I took another later that day. The soft gels I used were 1000mgs each. I took them for 3 days two a day. (My period is 3 days). I know this is going to only get better as I DID NOT HAVE TO TAKE ANY ACETAMINOPHEN/TYNENOL not one!!!!! And I always have, even when tying other remedies that I want to be strong but cant and end up taking the tynenol due to me not being able to stand my cramps. For my upcoming period I will try to take more as to not have any cramps at all. As I did have cramps but they were very light, not like the ones I have previosly gotten. Maybe I'll start a couple days/ week earlier like the other person suggested. Like I said ill update, but wow what a difference. Thank you father for creating such beautiful nautural working products like this <3. I bought it at Walmart, but any kind will do, I suggest cold pressed if you can get it.
Also know that the evening primrose oil is good for pain in general. Try for heaches too!
Pass the love forward- Sunny
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I had killer menstrual cramps all my adult life. I am now 38 and was fed up with cramps that consumed my life for about 2 weeks each month. I would get cramps before my period and for about 5 to 6 days during. I dreaded the thought of getting my period. 1200 milligrams of prescription ibuprofen every 4 hours was not helping me anymore. My liver and stomach was overloaded from the drugs. I couldn't function at work or at home. I was high all the time from the ibuprofen. I would have to take days off from work just to get through my period. I came across an article about evening primrose oil and how it can dramatically ease cramps and pms. Well I decided to try it not really thinking it would work, after all I had tried every remedy I could find. Nothing helped. Because there is cancer in my family I would not take birth control pills to ease the cramps. I started taking evening primrose oil 2 weeks before my period. 1 with every meal. The day my period was supposed to start I upped it to 2 pills with every meal. Well my period came and I didn't even know it. NO cramps. I didn't get pms or painful breast either. I didn't even have to take ibuprofen. I am shocked!!! This is the first time in 26 years that I have no cramps. I don't know how it works, but for me it is a miracle worker. I wish I knew this years ago. I have lost so much time laying in bed or on the couch from cramps. I am so happy I found this remedy. It has changed my life.
I had the most terrible cramps, I wasnt sure whether this was from overdosing on coconut oil (as it has done this to me previously) or just menstrual cramps (I only get them sometimes)
I put a thick slice of ginger, honey and sprinkle of cinnamon in hot water and sipped it. About an hour later, the cramps had completely gone. Will have to experiment again as I am a little sceptic and could well have been coincidence. Just wish I could heal my piriformis syndrome next lol
Love this site!!!!!