Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

Hip and Knee Pain

Posted by Anita (NYC, NY) on 09/10/2014

I don't know why and haven't been able to find anything about the link between hip and knee aches during menses. Any links/remedies would be most appreciated.

Replied by Meg
(Atlanta, Ga)
10/26/2016

I would experience random joint pains in the day or two before my period.... I considered it my early warning sign that it was about to start. Apparently the prostaglandins that are given off from the uterus are somehow linked up to other areas that are slightly inflamed already, hence the joint pain. I'm an athlete, so there's usually some area of my body that's been overworked and a little inflamed. Anyway, that's my layperson explanation of it. Perhaps your ob/gyn can offer more info?


Licorice Tea

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Posted by Happygirl (Galicia, Spain) on 03/02/2010
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I just wanted to say that I have tried many things to cure my severe menstrual cramps. Recently I heard that drinking licorice tea helps with this debilitating problem. I tried it and I was surprised to find that it has been the most effective remedy I have found! It works better for me than naproxin or other "pain pills" and the many natural cures I have tried over the years. Licorice tincture could work just as well as a tea, although it is not a good idea to take licorice for more than a week straight because it can raise blood pressure. Maybe it is not for everyone, but it has worked wonders for me.

Blessings, hope, and healing for all!


Magnesium

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Posted by Kayla (Nashville, TN) on 03/26/2020
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Magnesium body butter works for me!

After years of taking ibuprofen for a few days each month, I just this month discovered that this works! Magnesium chloride is the type of magnesium in this cream. I tried rubbing some directly on the part that hurt. 20-30 minutes later it started to ease up and went away. Ibuprofen took that long to work and I needed to stop taking ibuprofen because of digestive problems. Magnesium it is from here on out!


Magnesium
Posted by Sarah (Baltimore, Md) on 12/28/2012
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I started taking magnesium when I feel my period starting and I barely feel any pain at all. I used to get it really bad. I take homeopathic mag phos, 4 tablets every 15 mn for 2 hours and some more the next couple days. That's all!! It's amazing. it's also helped me ALOT with moods and moments of stress!! Highly recommend it....


Magnesium
Posted by Sarah (North, Nj) on 12/19/2009
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After researching how to eleavate the pain of cramps, I came across Magnesium. I have only used it when I have my cramps, (Magnesium 250mg) (nothing fancy, i think my bottle cost less than $5)

When I have my cramps, I take 1 or 2 a day, and it really helps with the cramping ( i think magnisum slows the muscle constractions that cause pain).. Im not sure how exactly it works, but it helps with cramps.


Magnesium
Posted by Sagi (Hamilton, Canada) on 05/24/2008
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Had painful menstrual cramps when I was 14/15 years old. The doctor put me on the B.C. pill to alleviate the cramps. Years later, my friend taught me about the importance of magnesium...how muscles need calcium to clench, and magnesium to relax. I started taking 1/4 oz. of magnesium in ionic liquid form, and no longer experienced the warning cramps prior to my period coming on. Wish my mother had known this when I was a teen! I am anxious to start on molasses, as I am looking for a more feasible source of magnesium. Currently believe I have fibroid tumors due to the excessive flow, as well as anemia. Thank you everyone for your testimonials!


Magnesium, Dietary Changes +

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Posted by Cat (Austin) on 07/30/2018
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Menstrual Cramping:

This is what my daughter does: Takes a 400 mg capsule of magnesium bisglycinate and pain subsides until she can get apple cider vinegar tablets to eliminate pain -- both work excellently for her supremely painful menstrual cramps. She did notice that if she avoided eating high carb/sugar around her period and stuck to a Meat, veggie, berry-fruit regime 2 weeks before, her pain and cramping were at 5-20% compared to 80-100%. SUGAR IS A CURSE!

If you bleed a lot like I once did, take a grass fed capsule of desiccated liver at least twice a week -- you need the iron, minerals & B vitamins. BUT, most important for extreme heavy bleeders, especially those about to enter menopause? Stop eating HIGH CARB / HIGH SUGAR DIETS. High carb eating (over 70grams a day) with SUGAR is damaging to our feminine apparatus. Those with fertility problems should also research Black Seed Oil. Listen to your doctor and check out google and youtubes -- filled with people with your same problem who have found solutions.


Marigold Flowers

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Posted by Jacques (Marshall, Nc) on 12/03/2009
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Cramps

Hello, I must share a remedy for cramps, I found it years ago in a French herbal, I tried it on my lady and it work quickly, here it is: make a tea with 5 or 6 marigold flowers and drink the thing, soon you will experience much relief.....no more pain!

Be well


Minerals

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Posted by Martha (El Centro, CA) on 05/14/2009
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Cure Menstrual Cramps / Toxemia

Mineral supplements! I had severe toxemia in the 90's and afterwards found the website where Dr.Tom Brewer discovered that putting a woman on the "milk diet" completely cured toxemia! I rushed to check and my prenatal pills had 0% Calcium! What the heck? So over the years & after copious amounts of research I have found that the lack of minerals and other simple nutritional deficiencies seem to lead to all manner of disease! So I began experimenting with different supplements and finally after exhaustive research found a great mix and since I have been taking it, I do not get sick anymore as often as I used to and the horrific painful periods ceased!

An explanation of how/why we get sick!
Advanced reading: www.chimachine4u.com/AA.html and http://biomedx.com/microscopes/rrintro/rr4.html explains what the Asian people have discovered over centuries of nutritional advancement. They eat the right way; lots of fruits and veg and good teas, little meat as compared to how we eat; lots of meats, few if any fruit and veg, coffee instead of teas!


Multiple Remedies

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Posted by Clatterbuck (Beltsville, Md) on 11/17/2016
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I used to have terrible monthly cramps. They were so bad I would walk around the house doubled over crying. I did some internet research started following this regime:

  • I take turmeric capsules starting the day before my period. I usually take about 4 capsules during the first two days.
  • I drink copious amounts of green tea during the day. Actually the green tea helps all by itself.
  • I snack on pistachio nuts during the day. I read about an Iranian study that showed they helped relieve menstrual cramps.
  • At night I drink a small glass of pomegranate juice. Pomegranate juice is an anti-inflammatory and it makes me sleepy.

These natural remedies have completely alleviated my cramps and I never need to take motrin or Tylenol now.


Mustard, Turmeric, Cayenne

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Posted by Linds (Columbus, OH) on 07/02/2008
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mustard, turmeric and cayenne for menstral cramps:

I make a mix of 1 T. mustard (any kind) 1 t. turmeric and 1 t. cayenne pepper and follow it with a glass of water and it keeps my cramps at bay. Turmeric and cayenne reduce inflammation which causes pain.


Oil Pulling

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Posted by Taylor (NY, USA) on 11/09/2007
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I have been doing Oil pulling for one month. I read that it helps hormonal problems, but i didnt think it would erradicate my cramps. But after pulling for 1 month, my menstrual cramps and other pms associated problems are almost non existant. For the first time in years i was able to spend the first day of my course like any other normal day, not bent over in agonizing pain. And my skin has cleared up as well. My sister started OP and after a week she had the same outcome!! No Cramps. I will continue to OP and wait to see all the benefits from "pulling" the toxins out of my body. I also find that it is VERY!!! important that you brush your teeth and drink a large glass of water after pulling because you are releasing these poisonous toxins and you want to get them out.


Omega 3

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Posted by JB (QLD, Australia) on 10/31/2008
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I have suffered from extreme menstrual cramps for years. I started taking Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules for 1 week before my period started (the recommended dose on the label). The fish oil reduced my PMS symptoms, and my cramps were reduced by approx 80%. I didn't even have to take painkillers and I slept better too. NB - you need to start taking the pills 1 week before your period starts. It may be too late to start taking them when the cramps start.

Research on fish oil and menstrual cramps can be found here: http://www.oilofpisces.com/menstrualcramps.html


Oregano Oil

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Posted by Jill (Bronx, New York, United States) on 12/18/2009
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I find that a couple of drops of wild oil of oregano in a cup of water takes the edge off my cramps.


Papaya

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Posted by Shedacares (Philippines) on 12/13/2015 1 posts
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Papain found in papaya relieves menstrual cramps. This fruit also is one of nature's best in cleansing the colon, and preventing constipation. There are so many products in the market that is rich in fiber but find one with papaya.. discover the healing wonders of herbs!



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