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Menstrual cramps affect many women. Some mildly and some more seriously. Homeopathic remedies can help ease the pain of menstrual cramps naturally – and sometimes need to be taken very frequently at first (even as often as every 2-3 minutes) to achieve relief. If this is the case, five tablets or globules of the remedy can be dissolved in one-half glass of water and the water can be sipped, each sip serving as one dose.
Below is a list of remedies that should be considered when looking to relieve the symptoms of menstrual cramps:
- Apis: stinging pain in the area of the ovaries; violent bearing-down pains as if in labor; scanty, dark red mucus and scanty dark urine.
- Belladonna: acute pain, beginning and ending suddenly, with menses; may feel like cramps or labor pains; intense pressure and weight in the lower abdomen; may feel as if the pelvic organs will fall out; pressure to genitals or abdomen will help with pain; pain worse from potion, walking, or being jarred, sitting from bent over; better from sitting or lying with abdomen straight.
- Caulophyllum: cramps especially bad before flow starts, less immediate relief from start of flow than with Lachesis; pain in small of back or dizziness also may precede menstruation.
- Chamomilla: remedy choice based on mental symptoms; marked irritability; fault finding and snapping over little things; cries out from pain; cramps feel like labor pains; sensation of weight and bearing down in pelvis; pain worse from anger and better from warmth.
- Cimicifuga: sharp pains that dart from side to side in abdomen and cause doubling up; lower back pain during flow, aggravated by motion.
- Colocynthis: cramps relieved by warmth, hard pressure and bending forward; may include sharp pains in ovaries which may occur before flow begins; the woman who finds relief from her cramps by bending over the back of a chair (hard pressure) is likely to be helped by this remedy.
- Lachesis: symptoms relieved when flow begins; may see spotting or light flow first and cramps, ovarian pain, back pain, dizziness, headache, diarrhea; all symptoms improve when true flow begins; worse with tight clothing around the abdomen; symptoms begin or worsen during sleep or upon waking.
- Magnesia phosphorica: similar to Colocynthis, but prefers more gentle pressure for cramp relief (weight of book on abdomen, pressing with hands); also relief from warmth and bending forward; pain centered in uterus and may radiate in all directions.
- Pulsatilla: irritable, but not as angry as Chamomilla; sensitive, changeable moods, weepy; appreciates gentle comforting; pains cause her to cry out or moan, may have dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, back pain and headache before or during flow; thirstless, worse from heat, better from the open air.