Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

Pickle Juice

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Posted by Jessica (Los Angeles, CA) on 06/15/2008
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In desperate need of relief from menstrual cramps I looked up your website answers. Scared as I was to down to pickle juice, I am ecstatic to report IMMEDIATE RELIEF! Menstruation is the loss of the muscle wall of the uterus, so it made perfect sense to give this remedy a try. So glad for the advice, thanks to all who voted yea!

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
06/17/2008
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Glad your pickle juice worked to stop your cramps. However, if menstrual cramps is always a problem, you might remember that a magnesium supplement goes along way in elliminating these cramps. Magnesium deficiency is one of our major deficiencies now.


Red Raspberry Tea

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Posted by Iluvshoes! (San Francisco, Ca) on 08/28/2012
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I had very painful cramps with Very Heavy bleeding that lasted for 5 days! And this cycle repeated every 21 days! So I would have a full period twice a month!! I was miserable and had to schedule my life around my cycle, because I was doubled over in pain or afraid of the embarrasment of bleeding onto my clothes! A friend recomended drinking this tea and my life changed!! I no longer have ANY Cramps!! The bleeding has subsided to 3 days with a normal flow and now my cycle is regulated to every 26 days or once a month. I have more energy and vitality and dont have to call in sick anymore!! This tea is blessing not only for pregnancy but for your menstrual cycle as well!! I tell every woman I know about this tea!! No need for birth control pills or other hormonal intervention. I love its pleasant light taste and enjoy drinking a cup a day.

Replied by Elsaeasterly
(Elsewhere, Ca)
08/28/2012

You drink only one cup per day? I tried two cups a day for quite a while and had some results but not nearly as outstanding as yours. Really, only one cup?

Replied by Iluvshoes!
(San Francisco, Ca)
08/29/2012

I started out with 2 cups per day but now I just drink 1 cup every day and it works fine.


Red Raspberry Tea
Posted by Sandra (L.a., California) on 08/21/2012
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I have been having menstrual cramps to a varying degree for the past few years and thought that I just had to live with them for the rest of my life. Fortunately I found this website and tried red raspberry tea. Wow, I could not believe that it worked. It seemed too easy. I drank one cup of tea in the morning and one in the evening 2 days before my period started until 2 days after it started and I had no cramps at all. I highly recommend giving this a try. I will keep doing this for the next few months and if anything changes I will let you know.


Red Raspberry Tea
Posted by Tim (Cincinnati, Oh) on 08/08/2012
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My girlfriend has been getting menstrual cramps for the past year and it has been annoying for both of us. I have tried a few different things like molasses, magnesium and crampbark, none of which helped. I finally tried red raspberry leaf tea, with a bit of licorice root for flavor, and this was the one that worked. I have her drink 2 cups of tea per day starting about 1 week before her period and 2 days after it starts and that seems to work well. She still gets a bit of gas and constipation, so if anyone has a suggestion for that then please let me know.


Red Raspberry Tea
Posted by Hannah (Northampton, Ma, Usa) on 02/26/2010
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I was hesitant to use molasses (sugar) to ease menstrual cramps, as I'm already prone to candida. Instead, I sipped a cup of red raspberry leaf tea. I used loose leaves, less than 1 tbsp in hot water with a bit of lavender and peppermint. Within minutes the cramping has subsided. Definite "yea!"


Red Raspberry Tea
Posted by A (Smalltown, Bc Canada) on 02/04/2010
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I agree with using raspberry tea for menstrual cramps. As soon as I feel any sort of cramping coming on, I make a very strong cup and drink it (with or without honey). Within half an hour, my cramping has eased.

Apparently it is the calcium/magnesium content in the leaves that helps, so if you have cramps, taking a regular supplement would probably also be beneficial.

If you have access to raspberry bushes, you can make your own tea by drying the leaves. Otherwise, any store-bought raspberry leaf tea will do.


Tea

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Posted by Michelle (Lamora, Mexico) on 03/01/2008
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When I get bad cramps I make me a quart of hot tea and sit down and sip it slowly, Also my sister says drink alot of liquids.


Tea
Posted by Kristina (Waukesha, WI) on 03/20/2007
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Hi, my grandma used to make us drink strong black tea each time we had the flu, as it would stop vomiting and help settle the stomach. I have tried it with green tea as well and it works the same, and usually you don't need more than a few sips before it starts working. Now I don't even wait for the vomiting to start--I go straight for the tea upon first symptoms of the flu.

I have also used this remedy for severe menstrual cramps and diahrrea and those times when painful gas gets in the way of elimination. One time I even tried it for a headache and it went away. Works wonders!


Tonic Water

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Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Oklahoma, Usa) on 10/30/2014
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A few years ago I was suffering from leg cramps at night. My doctor wrote me a prescription for a muscle relaxer. While I was filling the prescription the Pharmacist's tech recommended Tonic Water. He told me it had quinine in it which was good for leg cramps as well and was much cheaper not to mention fewer side effects. I did eventually try the Tonic Water and it worked. Not did it work for leg cramps, but it worked on stomach cramps due to the flu. Last night my daughter was suffering menstrual cramp. I suggested she drink a glass of Tonic Water. Within 15 minutes she was doing fine. Inexpensive and no problems with feeling sleepy, euphoric or any other side effect that we've found. You can find Tonic Water on the soft drink aisle of the super market. I would recommend anyone look up quinine for it's pros and cons. So far we've had great results with it.


Turmeric

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Posted by L. G. (Minneapolis, Mn, Usa) on 07/06/2011
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I have known for quite some time that my menstrual cramps are worse on an empty stomach/when my blood sugar is low. I also tend to have low-to-medium grade (I've never actually vomited from cramps) nausea, extremely low energy and a complete lack of appetite during the worst of my heavy bleeding/cramping. All of this is exacerbated by hot, humid weather (Hello July in Minnesota! ) which has sometimes made me completely unwilling to stand or sit upright as all of the muscles in my back and legs throb and tremble in sympathy with my contracting uterus. One memorable August morning 5 years ago I was making breakfast for guests when, in the middle of scrambling eggs, I was forced to go back to bed because the pressure of my HEELS AGAINST THE FLOOR, along with the above symptoms, caused such agony that I thought I was going to pass out. Explaining that was fun.

I usually try to "get on top" of my symptoms by forcing myself to eat something simple like toast or a banana when I first wake up so that I can take 3 ibuprofen, wait 45 minutes or more for blessed relief, and spend the rest of the day trying to keep enough painkiller in my system to function. And also remember to eat because I have no appetite and an empty stomach makes me nauseous and increases the cramping pain- even if I'm on painkillers. I'm not at all happy about all the pills I take just to cope, but who can afford to check out of their life for 2-3 days a month?

And now the important part of my story: Today is a typical hot and humid summer day in MN and it is the first day of my period (yay?) I wake up with cramps, nausea, headache, irritability and aching, trembling back and leg muscles. After staggering around for a while and whimpering, I remember that I have a new bottle of turmeric and didn't I read something about it getting rid of cramps? I quickly mix a heaping 1/2 tsp with a cup or so of warm water and drink it down. (It did not taste bad at all! It kind of tasted like how crushed dandelion stems smell. ) At this point I have not eaten yet or even had a glass of water. After TWO MINUTES, I feel a wave of well-being wash over my body and then, suddenly I realize that ALL OF MY SYMPTOMS ARE GONE. At this point, I am completely giddy with disbelief and relief.

The pain and other symptoms DO began to return again after about 40 minutes. I still hadn't eaten anything, so I quickly fix a little left-over spaghetti with some extra olive oil (turmeric is fat soluble), drink down another dose (1/2 tsp in warm water) as I'm eating and it's now been 4 hours with out any symptoms.

I'm impressed with how quickly this works (on an empty stomach) and the nausea relief is incredible! I wonder if turmeric would help women with morning sickness and anyone else who suffers with nausea and lack of appetite?

Replied by Sunny
(South Gate, Ca)
04/28/2013
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OH LG, I FEEL YOU GIRL! I have the same symptoms as you do I hated with a passion getting my period. Since I got it every month I had been bed ridden and cying in the fetal positon missed school/ work got nothing done and got so emotional/ exorcist girl lol. GUYS!! BE NICE AND HELP OUT! It is inhumane to ask someone to function when feeling like that ( nausea, killer cramps, I was so cold, diearea feeling, headaches, bloat, can't stand up straight, back ache, no appetite, no energy, moody, irritated, sad, feel dirty, feel fat) It made me feel like such a weak and useless female. At first I tried tynenol ( fast acting) at the first sing of cramps and it does work but I felt guilty in taking so many. I felt like such a "pill popper" but it was what I needed to do get anything done. I wanted a natural remedy, because these meds cause acid in the body. Tumeric is the natural pain killer ( Tumeric is just a spice/ food) so no harm!!! :) Thank you GOD for you natural gifts <3

Replied by Sunny
(South Gate, Ca)
04/28/2013

OH AND YEA. I have def changed the way I eat to more alkaline( fruits and veggies mainly) only drink water, and less chemical ( colors, additive, artif. ) This will help with you over all health.


Turmeric
Posted by Leelannee (Sussex, Nj) on 09/08/2009
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I have been taking a teaspoon of turmeric (for inflammation & liver function) every day for about 3 weeks, and this month my period was shorter (48 hours) and less painful than usual. Among its many benefits & effects, turmeric keeps the blood from clotting. Maybe this is why it helps with the menstrual cramps--the uterus doesn't have to work so hard when the blood is thinner? I didn't take the turmeric during my period as I was very busy & concerned that the turmeric might cause excessive bleeding, but next time I'm going to try taking it if I get cramps and see if that relieves the pain.


Turmeric
Posted by Tiffany (Watertown, New York) on 04/20/2008
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I have really bad problems with menstrual cramps during my period. One day my sister suggested trying a spice called Tumeric to help relieve them. Saying she had read this on the internet somewhere. So I tried it. She was right. Mixing a teaspoon of Tumeric into a quarter cup of hot water and drinking it, followed by a small glass of milk (to help take the bitterness out of your mouth), relieves cramps in about ten minutes. I swear by it today and use it everytime I need relief.


Turmeric, Green Tea, Pistachio, Pomegranate

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Posted by Clatterbuck (Beltsville, Md) on 01/30/2017
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I had horrible cramps for years. Ibuprofen barely made a dent in the pain. I felt like I was taking too many pills so I started looking for natural alternatives. The first thing I tried was turmeric capsules. They worked great, but if I took too many my pee turned really yellow and burned a little coming out so I researched some more and found out that green tea was used to alleviate cramps. I tried that and even though didn't like the taste of green tea I started drinking that every morning during my period. I also read an Iranian study that recommended eating pistachio nuts to keep away monthly cramps. I tried that and they seemed to help also. Another remedy I discovered was drinking pomegranatejuice.

So my first two days of my cycle go like this:

  • Take a turmeric capsule and drink green tea all morning.
  • Mid day through the after noon, take a couple of turmeric capsules and snack on pistachio nuts.
  • Evening, take a turmeric capsule and drink a glass of pomegranate juice.

Works better than ibuprofen.


Zinc

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Posted by Major (Wichita, Kansas) on 02/13/2008
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I wonder why this remedy is not more well known. Zinc supplements relieve menstrual cramps - 100% success rate in almost every case.

My teenage daughter began her mense cycles early in her life and almost right away suffered from extreme menstrual cramps. Each month she would be bed-ridden for at least two days with a heatpad wrapped around her tummy. Missing school was the norm. And any future activities usually had to be planned around her cycles as she would be totally debilitated for at least three days of the month. This went on for quite awhile with tylenol or some other pain reliever being the usual protocol though providing little in the way of relief.

Visits to her doctor usually brought up the discussion of birth control pills as one alternative to relieve the monthly pain. And so after several years of her suffering in this way, we relented, and she began a regimen of Ortho TryCyclene. Admittedly, we were relieved to finally see her free of her painful menses and for the first time in a long time she was enjoying her life without worry of the dreaded cycle each month. She could finally plan activities without worry! But in the back of my mind I was not at all happy about someone so young being put on hormone therapy.

One day during my routine research on the internet, I came across a website belonging to George Eby. Mr. Eby is the guy who pioneered the remedy of zinc lozenges for the common cold. He has also done alot of research on magnesium for depression. His website has a ton of useful information:

At any rate, while at his site I stumbled upon research with zinc as a remedy for menstrual cramps:

In some of the case studies of young women taking zinc gluconate, some became alarmed that they had become pregnant because their menses failed to occur - a testement to how successful the zinc protocol is.

We purchased the recommended type of zinc and began our daughter on this regimen after discontinuing the Ortho Tricyclene. Lo and behold! It works! We have been so overwhelmingly amazed that such a simple supplement works. If you follow the protocol in the pdf file, I am confident this will work for any woman suffering from painful menstrual cramps as our daughter did.