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How to stop menstrual cramps?

Many women experience severe pain and cramps during menstruation, especially in the first few days. What you want to do is to find some way to tell those muscles to relax to take it easy. You also want to warm the system up because that’s going to support the movement of menstruation.

A tea that’s made from cramp bark, cinnamon and valerian does all of this. The cramp part is anti-spasmodic which means that it stops the muscle from cramping up. The cinnamon is warming and is going to help warm the entire system and the valerian pacify the pain in the nervous system. The unfortunate thing about this tea is it doesn’t taste good. If you don’t want to take it because of the taste you  could cook it down until you have a very concentrated fluid. This will concentrate the energy of the herbs and you’ll be able to take a smaller quantity of it. Getting it down to the point where you can take a tablespoon of the formula and still get the effect of the cup of tea can be beneficial.


When the uterus begins to cramp we often stop breathing. So observe the breath, take the breath down into the belly, nurture yourself.

You can also take castor oil. You could mix castor oil (2 ounce) with lavender essence oil (4-8 drops) and apply it on the lower abdomen, and massage it wherever you’re experiencing cramping. And after you massage the castor oil into the abdomen use a hot water bottle or get into a warm bath. The castor oil is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. It’s a relaxant and it deeply warms the entire pelvic cavity.

Lavender is specific for the nervous system and for the female reproductive system. When you apply heat following this, you support the dilation of vessel and you support the easy movement of menstrual fluids, your body won’t have to rely on cramping to support the movement of menses.

The most important thing is to build quality rasa dhatu (rasa dhatu is the endometrium). When it’s moist and rich, when it’s time for the endometrium to separate it moves easily out of the body.

Mary Thompson, C.A.S., P.K.S., is a founding member and former secretary of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. She graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in 1997 where she's also taught for the past 18 years. She is not only a Certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist but a Pancha Karma Specialist. In 2008 she received the Charaka Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and was given the title 'Ayurvedacharya', respected teacher of Ayurveda.


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