For many women, painful menstrual cramps are part of their monthly routine. The first few days of their periods can be consumed by … well, you know what it’s like: a dull, aching pain in the lower abdomen. Even the lower back and upper thighs often ache too. The pain can make you walk a little hunched over, and it’s hard to focus and take care of your regular tasks when faced with this discomfort. Heat helps, but who has time to lay around with a heating pad all day?
Many of us have turned to over-the-counter pain relievers over the years. They work, sure they do – but then you learn that ibuprofen triples a person’s stroke risk, and maybe you’re not sure you want to go that route anymore. When you’re pursuing a more holistic lifestyle, where can you turn for natural relief for menstrual cramps?
I have good news! Homeopathic remedies can provide menstrual cramp relief that is equal to any over-the-counter medication you’ve taken in the past.
Since giving up OTCs, it’s been a learning process for me to figure out what to use instead. The natural remedy for a headache doesn’t always help with overworked muscles … or menstrual cramps.
The first month I experienced cramps after giving up OTCs, I just suffered. It didn’t occur to me to look for an alternative to Advil. The second month, the light bulb finally went off (I’m a little slow sometimes….) and I sought out a remedy for my pain.
Natural Relief for Menstrual Cramps at Last
I discovered the homeopathic remedy Magnesia phosphorica (Mag phos) to be an amazing ally in battling the menstrual cramps I sometimes experience. This remedy is made from phosphate of magnesium, a mineral you’ve probably heard of before.
Magnesium is present in our blood, bone marrow, brain, muscles, nerves, and teeth. Researchers have found that women who experience pre-menstrual syndrome, including painful cramps, have lower levels of magnesium than women who don’t. In all women, magnesium levels drop a few days before menstruation, which could explain why women who have inadequate levels of magnesium to start with end up with menstrual cramps the first day or two of their periods.
In homeopathy, phosphate of magnesium is highly diluted to make a safe and potent medicine.
Along with being useful for some types of colic, teething and toothache, Magnesia phosphorica has a hallmark use for relieving the pain of menstrual cramps.
Homeopathic Dose to Relieve Menstrual Cramps
Another possibility, recommended by Dr. Maesimund B. Panos, is to dissolve ten pellets in hot water (or hot herbal tea) and sip on it slowly. I haven’t had much success with this method, but it may work for you!
Other Remedies for Menstrual Pain
Homeopathy doesn’t work with a “one remedy fits all” approach. Mag phos helps alleviate menstrual cramps that are relieved by heat, but it may not touch cramps that aren’t affected by warmth.
If pain is stinging and menstrual blood is dark, choose Apis Mellifica, a remedy made from bee venom.
When experiencing a bright red flow and a heavy pain that feels like your insides are going to pour out, Belladonna is the best remedy.
If instead of warmth, the menstrual cramps are relieved by strong pressure, Colocynthis is the right choice.
The next time menstrual cramps interrupt your life, don’t suffer! But don’t turn to synthetic medications either. Give Mag phos or one of the other remedies a try – and let me know how it works!
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