We usually think of tea as a hot beverage to be enjoyed for its flavors. But now researchers are claiming that this beverage might have some pain-relieving properties too. Studies have shown that teas can numb and relieve menstrual cramps and abdominal discomfort during menstruation.
A Hot Cup Of Tea Might Be The Solution To Menstrual Cramps
In menstruating women, the cause of discomfort is usually the contractions of the muscles of the uterus. This often causes women to experience cramps, abdominal pain as well as vomiting, and diarrhea. A warm cup of tea may go a long way in reducing many of these symptoms.
The best teas for menstrual pain management:
- Ginger tea– for years our grandmother and great-mothers have used ginger tea for its medicinal properties. Ginger tea is exceptionally good for women who suffer from nausea during their periods. Even pregnant women use ginger tea to manage morning sickness. According to new research ginger tea almost acts like pain medication by binding to the HT3 receptors of the body.
- Green tea– at present, the popularity of green tea is mostly attributed to its healing properties rather than its flavor palate. Green tea is a natural diuretic. It causes the body to retain water and helps alleviate digestive symptoms like bloating during periods.
Green tea also has some pain relief properties. Green tea contains high volumes of catechins. Catechins improve blood flow in the body and help reduce inflammation and period pain.
1.Peppermint tea– peppermint tea is a very good solution for women suffering from dysmenorrhea (period cramps). Peppermint tea acts as a muscle relaxant and reduces period pain. It is a better solution than common pain-relieving drugs that have numerous side effects.
2.Dandelion root tea– period cramps and menstrual discomfort is exacerbated when there is a hormonal imbalance in the body. Dandelion root tea tries to correct this imbalance through many different functions.
Dandelion root is a detoxifier that eases constipation and removes excess hormones from the body. The dandelion root itself is also high in estrogen (the primary female hormone) and helps maintain the hormonal balance of the female body.
3.Chamomile tea– Chamomile tea is well known among tea-enthusiasts for its benefits in aiding sleep. But this tea can have many benefits for menstruating women also.
Chamomile tea contains glycine which acts as a nerve relaxer and soothes muscle spasms. Women can start drinking chamomile tea as soon as they begin experiencing pre-menstrual symptoms. This will help the body stay in a more relaxed state and reduce the discomforts of a menstrual cycle.
4.Fenugreek tea– while it may seem odd to use fenugreek in a beverage instead of cooking, fenugreek tea has many proven benefits for menstruating women.
Fenugreek seeds are high in phytoestrogen content. These compounds help balance the estrogen hormones in the body and alleviate period discomforts. Period pain and period-related symptoms are always milder when the correct hormonal balance is maintained in the body.
5.Cinnamon tea– quite a few studies have been conducted on the pain-relieving properties of cinnamon. It was found that when menstruating women consumed 1000 mg of cinnamon during the first 3 days of their periods for two consecutive menstrual cycles their period discomfort and pain were significantly reduced.
So it might be time to add a generous dollop of cinnamon to an early morning cup of tea.
General tips for period pain management:
Some women experience just mild discomfort during their periods, while for some other women period pain can be debilitating. But whatever may be the severity of one’s period symptoms, these simple tips can help provide some comfort to all menstruating women:
- Regular physical exercise is shown to reduce discomforts during the menstrual cycle
- During the period make sure to intake lots of fluids. Dehydration can make period cramps worse.
- Menstruating women should also try to avoid stimulants like coffee and alcohol as these can aggravate period main and abdominal discomfiture
- And the most commonly used and the best remedy for period pain is a simple hot water bag. This helps reduce the pain of period cramps and provides overall relief.
Women experience periods for the majority of their lives. So taking care of your period experience is important for the general physical and mental wellness of all women.