We all know what periods and period cramps. Almost every girl/woman has experienced menstrual cramps at some stage of her life, and if you have then you know that the experience is not very enjoyable.
They can range from a slight ‘twinge’ or feeling of mild discomfort that you can put up with, to such a degree of pain that despite taking tablets you are still curled up in the foetal position, maybe passing out from the pain and also experiencing all sorts of stomach complaints to go along with it.
Quite often women are told that period pain is “normal”. Well that’s not quite true – it’s certainly common, but normal implies that it’s okay to be in that much pain, and it isn’t.
Naturopathy teaches us few easy ways to get rid of the cramps with different techniques at home or with the help of a Practitioner. These techniques have turned out be really effective with 100% results in treating the awful menstrual cramps.
The best part about acupressure is that you can do this at any time, and is a fantastic way to self treat. It is always a good idea to consult a Naturopath or an expert, as they can teach you what points may be more specific for yourself. Few examples of common points that are used to reduce period pain.
Spleen 4 Acupressure Point – Spleen 4 /Grandfather Grandson Point/Gongsun
This is located on the inner foot and helps to harmonise the abdominal area as well as reduce stress. Sit on the ground with the soles of your feet touching each other, so that you can hold the points of both feet at the same time. Hold for 2 minutes and release.
Spleen 6 Acupressure Point – Spleen 6/Sanyinjiao/Three Yin Intersection
To locate this point place one hand with your little finger in line with the base of your ankle bone, on the inside of your leg. Just above your index finger, along the edge of the bone, you’ll find a point that is quite tender to touch, particularly if you’re suffering from painful periods (you may also feel a very slight indent here). Hold this point until you feel a reduction in your period pain. It can take five to ten minutes for some women. Repeat as necessary throughout the day for best results.
Yoga is another great way to reduce menstrual cramps. Not only will it provide many of the same benefits as your standard stretches, but it will also help with relaxation, and to promote healthy energy flow along your meridians.
Pasasana: Noose Pose
This helps to stretch out the hips, which can often get sore during periods. While the Noose Pose has your feet positioned close together, you can widen your feet in a variety called a Half Bound Squat, if needed.
Ustrasana: Camel Pose
This will provide a relieving stretch along the front of the body. Practised regularly, this can help to promote good posture and strengthen the back.
Supta Baddha Konasana: Supine Butterfly pose
You may instinctively been doing this pose already. It is a relaxing pose which helps to open the hips and rests the lower back.
Virasana: Child’s Pose
This pose helps to lengthen the spine, and relaxes the abdomen and nervous system. This is a great pose for when the cramps get way too painful.
It’s very important to take care of the diet while on periods. Avoid very spicy food and packaged fruit juice.
You could also add ajwain ark twice a day, which is know to provide great relief in pain during periods.
Having food is semi diluted form is always advisable. Drink plenty of water, take in alot of fluids. Warm soup and porridge does wonders too.
It’s very important to meet a Naturopath, understand your main cause of unbearable period cramps before undergoing any kind of medication or lifestyle changes.
– Dr. Reetu Panwar
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