Menstrual Difficulties Natural Cure

Ayurveda approach

Ayurveda categorizes menstrual difficulties into three types: vata, pitta and kapha. These difficulties are independent of one’s own constitutional type so it is important to know which is yours in order to treat your condition effectively.

For Treating Menstrual cramps

· Vata – type discomfort includes bloating, constipation, cramps, insomnia, lower back ache and abdominal pain. Person experiences more pain before the onset of period and flow tend to be light or scanty.

To treat vata – type cramps:

· Triphala guggulu or yogaraj guggulu
Take either herbal remedy, one tablet twice a day.

· Aloe vera gel and black pepper
Take 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel with a pinch of black pepper thrice daily until cramps is reduced.

· Herbal mix
Make a herbal tea mix equal proportion of these herbs: tagar, vidari and ashwagandha. Use 1 teaspoon of this mixture and take it with warm water after lunch and dinner.

· Castor oil rub
Apply some castor oil to the lower abdomen can effectively relieve the discomfort and cramps.

· Pitta – type menstrual problem is more of a congestion, irritation and inflammation. There may be hot flashes and irritability, tender breasts, burning sensation when passing urine and the bladder tends to be sensitive, leading to a profuse menstrual flow.

To treat pitta – type cramps:

· Kaishore guggulu
Take one tablet 2 times daily.

· Herbal formula
This is an excellent remedy for women with pitta type cramps. Make a herbal mix of:

1 part musta
2 parts shatavari
1/8 part kama dudha

Use ½ teaspoon of the mixture with warm water twice daily after meals.

· Coconut oil rub
Apply some coconut oil on your lower abdomen for a soothing relieve.

· Kapha – type menstrual difficulties include both congestion and pain that occurs more in the later part of the period. Often it is linked with white discharge, water retention, bloating, feelings of heaviness, fatique, drowsiness and tendency to sleep in the afternoon.

To treat kapha – type cramps:

· Punarnava guggulu
Take a tablet of this herbal remedy twice a day.

· Herbal mix
Make a herbal formula consisting of:

½ part manjistha
½ part punarnava
¼ part trikatu

Take ½ teaspoon of this mix with warm water twice a day after lunch and dinner.

· Mustard and castor oil rub
Use castor oil and mustard oil for a soothing rub on the lower abdomen to ease the discomfort.

For all body types, you can use the following remedies:

· Cumin seeds with aloe vera
Here’s a universal remedy for menstrual pain and discomfort. Roast cumin seeds in a non-stick pan. No oil is needed. When it is pungent, remove and put a side to cool. Chew a teaspoon of the seeds slowly and wash it down with a tablespoon of aloe vera juice.

If you experience excessive menstrual flow, the following can be helpful.

· Raspberry leaves and hibiscus flower drink
Make tea with 1 to 2 teaspoons of, equal amounts, raspberry leaves and hibiscus flowers per cup of water. Drink tea with sugar to taste if desired.

· Raspberry treat
Eating fresh raspberries too can help. Eat about 10 to 20 on an empty stomach twice or 3 times daily.

· Coconut water drink
Drink a cup of coconut water, the natural juice found the inside of the coconut, with ½ teaspoon natural sugar or rock candy powder.

Before your period, you can take try the following remedies to prevent menstrual pain and discomfort.

· Yoga postures
During the month before your period, do some of these yoga asanas for your body type: vata, pitta or kapha, for a few minutes. However, do not do these exercises when you have your menses but relax, read and rest as much as you can.

· Diet
Follow the diet plan for your constitutional type: vata, pitta or kapha, throughout the month.

· Aloe vera gel
Take a tablespoon of aloe vera gel 3 times a day for the whole week before you anticipate your period.

For Treating PMS

· Vata – type PMS symptoms are mood swings, low back ache, anxiety, fear, lower abdominal pain, insomnia and distention.

Remedy for vata –type PMS:
(Remember to start the preventive program one week before expecting your period)

· Aloe vera gel wit hblack pepper
Take 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with a pinch of black pepper thrice daily before meals.

· Cherries
Eat a bowl of cherries (about 10) daily on an empty stomach for about 7 days before the start of your period.

· Dashamoola tea
Drink this tea twice daily, using ½ teaspoon dashamoola steeped in hot water fir about 10 minutes. Add honey to taste if preferred.

· yogaraj guggulu or kaishore guggulu
Take a tablet daily of ONE of the above herbal remedies.

· Pitta – type PMS symptoms include urethritis, breast tenderness, irritability, hives, hot flashes and burning sensations when urinating.

Remedy for pitta –type PMS:
(Remember to start the preventive program one week before expecting your period)

· Aloe vera gel with cumin
Take 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with a pinch of cumin powder.

· Herbal Mix
Use to following to make a herbal mix:

1 part musta
1 part brahmi
2 parts shatavari

Take ½ teaspoon of it with warm water 2 times daily.

· Kapha – type PMS individual experiences water retention, breast tenderness and swelling, drowsiness and usually has a fondness for drinking coffee.

Remedy for kapha –type PMS:
(Remember to start the preventive program one week before expecting your period)

· Aloe vera with trikatu
Take a tablespoon of aloe vera gel with a pinch of trikatu, which is a traditional Ayurvedic formula consisiting of equal amounts of ginger, black pepper and pippali.

· Herbal mix
Make this herbal formula consisting of:

2 parts musta
2 parts punarnava
1 part kutki

Use ½ teaspoon of this and take it with warm water 2 times a day.

· Cherries
Eat about 10 cherries every day on an empty stomach for a week just before you anticipate the start your period.

For all body types, try the following remedies:

· Castor oil pack
When you experience abdominal bloating or cramps put a castor oil pack on the lower abdomen. Castor oil produces a slow, sustained heat that is soothing and healing and this will effectively relieve the pain and it can also relieve congestion and ease endometriosis.

You can make a pack by warming up 3 tablespoons of castor oil and pour it onto a soft cloth or handkerchief, spreading the oil equally. Place it compressed on the abdomen and if you have a hot water bottle handy, you can put to on the pack to keep it warm.

As prevention, you can maintain a healthy and balance diet, following the diet plan for your constitutional type and exercise regularly during the month. Some yoga stretching and aerobics too can be helpful but Ayurveda recommends no exercise or yoga during your period. You should rest and relax whenever you can.

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