Dysmenorrhea (Painful periods or menstrual cramps): Natural Treatment
Dysmenorrhea is a painful period or menstrual cramps. It is the most common complaint among all gynecological disorders. Because most women have some discomfort during the period, it is considered natural. It is named dysmenorrhea only when the pain is too severe and disturbs a woman’s routine, and it is relieved only with medication.
It can be treated successfully with Ayurvedic single herbs or formulations in addition to making diet and lifestyle changes. Ayurvedic treatment emphasizes sweating, cleansing douches, and medicated enemas. Oil therapy, including massage, is used to relieve any obstructions in the passage, relieve any spasms, facilitate free movement of vata in the proper direction, and enhance a proper menstrual flow. Gentle massage with sesame oil, dhanwanthara thailam, narayan thailam, or kottamchukkadi thailam is advised over the lower abdomen, pelvic region, and thighs.
A medicated enema with a mixture of oil, milk, herbal paste, and decoction or tea also pacifies vata and reduces any flatulence, removes obstruction of fecal matter, and relieves the tension in the pelvic cavity. These three therapies together help relieve pain and discomfort in the pelvic region.
Pootikaranja (Caesalpinia bonducella) is a very effective herb for improving menstrual flow and relieving abdominal pain. It also checks nausea and vomiting along with clove or black pepper. Bol, or myrrh (Commiphora myrrh), is another effective drug used in this disease. Dietary and Behavioral Regimen
Hot, slightly oily, and light food containing digestive herbs such as ginger, pepper, clove, and cinnamon is advised. Light exercises, such as like walking or yogasanas, are beneficial.
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