A few of the 7 remedies for PMS cramps that are listed below have been around for decades; maybe even longer. Most women find one thing that works well and stick with it. I’ve had days where I have to try a couple of different remedies to find one that really works. This list should give you some new ideas of remedies to try if you find yourself plagued with cramps.
7. Take an Herbal Remedy
Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh) and Viburnum prunifolium (black haw) are two such herbal formulas that reduce the spasms within the uterus, thus reducing cramps. A few other types of herbs that some women have found to work well for cramps include; blue cohosh, squaw vine, cramp bark, or unicorn root.
6. Eat Foods That Have Natural Progesterone in Them
A lack of progesterone tends to cause cramps to occur more often. Consuming foods such as yams, soy-based foods, or clover sprouts might help relieve the occurrence of PMS cramps. You could also spice up your meals with dill weed, fennel or caraway seeds, and even flaxseed. All of these are excellent sources of progesterone.
5. Drink a Cup of Ginger Root or Chamomile Tea
You can use fresh ginger root or collect fresh chamomile flowers and make tea. Many tea companies have started making a collection of herbal teas that are for cramps and quite a few contain chamomile or ginger. I like to add ginger to my hot coco during the winter, if I have a sweet craving too. If you’re not adding the ginger to a cup of hot chocolate, be sure to add plenty of honey or agave nectar to sweeten it up a bit.
There’s nothing like good old exercise to get you feeling better. I know that some days exercising is the last thing I want to do. However, if I can force myself to at least talk a walk down the road and back, I’m surprised at how much this relieves my cramps. Try it next time and see if it works for you.
3. Hop in the Shower
I’ve had days where cramps have me confined to the bed and nothing helps but a nice hot shower. I stand in there until I feel better. Sometimes it only takes a few minutes and other times it’s more like 10 or 15 minutes. I always feel so refreshed when I step out of the steam too.
2. Take a Pain Killer
There are plenty of pain killers available that can be purchased over the counter. Just about any type of NSAID will work; ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, or one of the specially formulated blends that are supposed to help with not only cramps, but a variety of PMS symptoms. I try not to take pain pills very often, but I will if I have to go in public and be human. I usually take the recommended dosage and then go stand in the shower until I feel better. This technique gives me a break from the aches while I wait for the pain medicine to kick in.
1. Break out the Heating Pad or Hot Water Bottle
This is a method that works well when I’m about to go to sleep and can’t get settled because of irritating cramps. If you don’t have a heating pad or a hot water bottle, then a nice cuddly kitty works pretty well too. I have one cat that is more than happy to lie on my abdomen whenever I lay down in bed. This is very useful when I have bad cramps and don’t feel like getting up. You can also fill a tube sock with uncooked rice, sew the end shut, and zap the sock full of rice in the microwave for a few minutes. Use this rice-filled sock in place of a heating pad. It works great!
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