Menstrual cramps and how to deal with it

I have found ginger to be particularly useful in circumstances where the person’s cramps tend to feel better with a heating pad because of its warming characteristics.

It can also be quite beneficial if you frequently experience bloating, loose stools, and nausea around your period because of its calming effect on digestion.

Research: – 750 mg to 2000 mg of ginger powder taken during the first 3 to 4 days of the menstrual cycle has been proven to be useful for menstrual pain. Ginger has been proved to be as effective as mefenamic acid and ibuprofen in treating menstrual pain.

Using Fructus Gardenia to Treat Period Cramps

As a cooling herb, Fructus gardenia (Zhi Zi) expels heat from the body.

It can help with heat irritation symptoms such restless sleep, irritability, rage, feeling overheated, a stuffy chest, etc.

Pharmaceutical Results:

Analgesic: eases discomfort

Ensures the liver is protected

Sedative, relaxing central nervous system suppressant

This herb is particularly helpful, in my opinion, when a person exhibits a lot of heat during their period. This person will have insomnia, anxiety, acne, rage, headaches, and increased body temperature in the days leading up to and during their period.

In other words, gardenia can make a person feel less worried, sleep better, have better skin, and be happier overall.



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Gardenia function

Gardenia’s function in the Chinese herbal formula includes the ability to help with anxiety reduction. A component of gardenia called Xiao Yao San – Genipin can considerably lower inflammation and prostaglandin production.

Use of Angelica Sinensis to Treat Period Cramps

Due to its remarkable benefits on reproductive health, Angelica Sinensis (Dang Gui) is one of the plants used in herbal gynecology the most frequently.

Angelica is regarded as both a blood mover and a blood nourisher in Chinese medicine. This means that in order to avoid cramps before the start of the period, it’s a great herb to move and circulate blood flow. Additionally, it can nourish the body by aiding in the replacement of lost blood after the bleeding has stopped.

There are several distinct pharmacological properties of angelica that are relevant to cramps:

When the uterus is constricted (like during cramps), it might relax it. This implies that it can lessen pain and soothe cramping.

It possesses antiplatelet properties. In terms of Chinese medicine, this indicates that angelica encourages blood flow and prevents blood from stagnating. One of the main causes of stabbing cramps is stasis, or poor blood flow.

It is regarded as a herb that is both analgesic and inflammatory. Aspirin-like effects have been seen with angelica extract. According to Yao Xue Za Zhi (Journal of Medicinals), 1971; (91): 1098, it has an analgesic effect that is 1.7 times stronger than aspirin and an anti-inflammatory impact that is 1.1 times greater than aspirin.



Using angelica essential oil for 15 to 20 days, 112 patients reported reduced menstruation discomfort by 76.79% [Lan Zhou Yi Xue Yuan Xue Bao (Journal of Lanzhou University of Medicine), 1988; 1:36].

It has been established that the primary chemical components of dang gui contain anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating properties. [Article]

Pleurisy for Period Cramps

Another typical herb used in gynecology is buledur (Chai Hu).

Bupleurum has direct effects on the Liver from the standpoint of Chinese medicine.

Due to its crucial involvement in the metabolism of estrogen, the liver is a vital organ for the health of the menstrual cycle. The symptoms of “excess” estrogen in the body, which frequently appear as heavier periods, strong mood swings, and uncomfortable cramps, can result from defective estrogen metabolism.

Bupleurum aids in maintaining the liver’s healthy function and prevents it from becoming clogged. According to Chinese medicine, a clogged liver can cause menstruation cramps, mood changes, irritability, and breast tenderness. The signs and symptoms are strikingly comparable to what we know about high estrogen in the west.

There are several pharmacological effects of bupleurum.

It has analgesic and antipyretic properties, which means it can lower fevers and pain.

It is both an anti-inflammatory and sedative, calming the nervous system and reducing inflammation.

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