Having periods or menses is irritable and if it is accompanied by pain, the ordeal only gets tougher. Painful periods are medically known as dysmenorrhea. Slight pain or discomfort is normal during menses but it is not normal to have intense pain that interferes with daily routine activities.
Homeopathic remedies for menstrual pain during periods are very effective in providing relief from pain. These remedies are made of natural substances and are free from any side effects. They are completely safe that work to end the root cause of the pain during periods.
Top Homeopathic Remedies For Menstrual Pain
The most important homeopathic medicines to manage menstrual pain are Magnesium Phosphorica, Colocynth, Belladonna, Sabina, Sepia, Ipecacuanha and kali Carbonicum.
1. Magnesium Phosphorica: Top-Grade Medicine
Magnesium Phosphorica is the best homeopathic pain relief medicine during periods. This medicine can be used to manage any type of pain in lower abdomen during menses like, cramping, shooting or cutting pain. There may occur relief in pain from warm applications as from a heating pad, hot water bottle over lower abdomen. Pressing the abdomen also relieves pain.
When and How to use Magnesia Phosphorica?
It should be the first choice of medicine in cases of painful menses. It brings great relief in menstrual cramps. Its use is mostly preferred in 6X potency that comes in tablet form. Four tablets of Magnesia Phosphorica 6X can be repeated every three to four hours to afford relief in menstrual cramps. As the intensity of pain comes down, it should be taken just once or twice a day during the rest of the periods.
2. Colocynth: For Menstrual Cramps Better Bending Double
Colocynth is a natural medicine prepared from the pulp of fruit of plant ‘bitter cucumber’. This medicine is highly recommended to manage menstrual cramps that are relieved from bending double. The pain is worse from eating or drinking anything. There may be tendency to heavy periods and frequent periods in cases needing it.
When and How to use Colocynth?
This medicine should be given in cases where bending forward reduces the intensity of pain during periods. 30C is the most frequently used potency of this medicine. It can be taken two to three times a day during periods as per intensity of pain.
3. Belladonna: For Pain In Lower Abdomen, Back And Legs During Periods
Belladonna is a herbal medicine for treating pain during periods. It is a very suitable medicine for managing pain occurring in lower abdomen, lower back and legs during periods. Cramps occur in uterus and also intense bearing down sensation is felt in the uterus. Bearing down gets worse on lying down. Bleeding during periods is bright red, profuse and hot. Headache and a heated sensation in the head usually accompanies bleeding.
When and How to use Belladonna?
This medicine should be considered in cases when during menses pain is marked in lower abdomen, lower back and legs. It can be taken once or twice a day in 30C potency.
4. Sabina: For Pain From Lower Back To Pubes (Lower Part Of Abdomen At Front Of Pelvis)
It is highly beneficial medicine to manage painful periods when pain goes from lower back to pubes. Pain gets worse while walking. There is relief from lying flat on the back with extended legs. Along with pain, there occur heavy periods. The menstrual blood is bright red and contains clots. Pain in head, nausea and vomiting may occur in some cases. It is very effective medicine to treat cases of uterine fibroids and endometriosis.
When and How to use Sabina?
Sabina should be used when pain specifically occur in lower back and goes to pubes during menses. Heavy periods with clots may attend it. Though can be used in different potencies it is advised to start with 30C potency. It can be taken two or three times in 30C potency as per severity of pain during periods. This medicine can also be used to dissolve fibroids and treat endometriosis for which this medicine needs to be taken for a few months. For using it to treat these medical conditions kindly consult a homeopath for right potency and dosage.
5. Sepia: For Painful Menses With Scanty Menstrual Bleeding
Sepia is very useful to help cases of pain during menses when attended with scanty blood flow. The main character of pain to use this medicine is bearing down in the pelvis area as if the pelvic organs will come out of vagina. Some women needing it may experience half-sided headache during menses. Sepia is an important medicine to deal with cases of uterine fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease.
When and How to use Sepia?
Sepia can be used in case of painful periods along with scanty menstrual flow. Its one dose in 30C potency can be taken once a day to relieve pain and improve blood flow during periods. Do not repeat it frequently. Its use can also be done to treat cases of uterine fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease, for this the potency and repetition varies, so it is advised to consult homeopathic doctor before starting this medicine to treat these conditions.
6. Ipecacuanha: For Painful Periods With Nausea, Vomiting
Ipecacuanha is the top-ranked natural remedy for painful periods with nausea and vomiting. There is persistent nausea during periods with pain in the lower abdomen. Cutting type of pain is felt in uterus, pain going from left to right side. The bleeding is heavy and bright red in color during periods.
When and How to use Ipecacuanha?
Its use should be done particularly when painful periods are attended with nausea and vomiting. Ipecac 30C can be taken once or twice during menses to relieve these complaints.
7. Kali Carbonicum: For Pain In Lower Abdomen, Lower Back And Hips During Menses
Kali Carbonicum is another medicine of great help for dealing with pain during menses. This medicine is prescribed for cutting pains in lower abdomen, back and hips. Backache is most severe and worsens by walking. The patient gets relief from backache by sitting or by applying pressure on the back. Weakness, sleepiness may also appear.
When and How to use Kali Carbonicum?
It is an ideal prescription for managing pain in lower abdomen, lower back and hips during menses. It can be taken in 30 C potency once or twice during menses
Types And Causes Of Dysmenorrhoea
Dysmenorrhea is of two types i.e. primary and secondary.
1. Primary dysmenorrhea: In this type, pain does not arise from any medical condition. It is caused from excessive prostaglandins (chemicals released from uterus that cause contraction and relaxation of muscles of uterus leading to cramps). This pain affects females who are younger, soon after they start having periods. This type of pain tends to decrease as the age of female increases.
2. Secondary dysmenorrhoea: It arises secondary to some medical condition affecting uterus. This type begins later in life. Some of the medical conditions that could lead to this type of dysmenorrhea are as follows:
a) Uterine fibroids (leiomyomas): Non-cancerous (benign) growths in the uterus that may grow in wall of uterus, inside uterine cavity or outside the wall of uterus
b) Endometriosis: A medical condition in which the cells that line the uterus start to grow at places other than uterus, like in fallopian tubes, ovaries, rectum, urinary bladder.
c) Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID): It refers to an infection in reproductive organs of females. It may occur in uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. It is mainly caused by sexually transmitted bacterial infection.
d) Adenomyosis: A condition in which the tissue that lines uterus begins to grow in muscle layer of uterus
e) Cervical stenosis: Narrowing of the opening of cervix that hinders menstrual blood flow that increases pressure in the uterus leading to pain
Who Is At Risk Of Painful Menses?
1. Females less than 20yrs age
2. Females who hit puberty early before 11 yrs of age
3. Females having family history of painful menses
4. Heavy periods and irregular menses
5. Females who smoke
Symptoms Attending Painful Menses
Cramping type of pain in lower abdomen that varies in intensity from mild to severe. In some cases, it can be throbbing or dull type. The pain can start few days (1 to four days) before periods, increase during beginning of menses and recede in two to three days. The pain can extend down the thighs and lower back in some cases. The pain can be attended by nausea, vomiting, headache, loose motion and dizziness. Depending on the cause behind it, painful periods can be accompanied by other complaints like heavy periods, abdominal bloating, painful bowel movements, painful urination, foul smelling vaginal discharge, fever, etc.