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Treating Menstrual Cramps Naturally

By Dr. Daemon Jones Expert HERWriter
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As we move into spring and summer you have many fresh and inexpensive fruits and vegetables that you can incorporate into your daily routine.

It is also important to watch your stress level. Finding ways to de-stress like exercise, deep breathing, soaking in a hot Epsom salt bath, yoga, taking a walk with your family or girlfriends, are all ways to improve your menstrual cycle as well.

Our cycles are intricately tied to how we live our life. The better we treat ourselves, the more our menstrual cycles will improve as well.

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Dr. Dae is a Naturopathic Physician who practices in the Washington DC metro area treats the whole person using safe and effective combinations of traditional and natural methods to produce optimal health and well-being in the lives of her patients.

"Menstrual cramps: Alternative medicine - MayoClinic.com." Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2012.
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"Painful menstrual periods: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia." National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2012. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003150.htm

Reviewed March 30, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

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Anonymous

Thanks for sharing tips, I usually deal menstrual cramps by putting warm water bottle in my tummy, it reduce the pain. I found also good article about menstrual cramps at http://www.howtogetridofperiodcramps.com/dysmenorrhea.

June 10, 2012 - 7:18am
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Anonymous

Thanks for sharing tips, I usually deal menstrual cramps by putting warm water bottle in my tummy, it reduce the pain.

June 10, 2012 - 7:16am
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Anonymous

Eating 8-10 servings of veggies seems like a lot for painful periods . What's a manageable way to get it all in? Is it also true that if you juice your fruits & veggies (which could be one feasible way) that you strip the fiber content? I've heard both sides of the argument and want to know what's true - thanks!

March 31, 2012 - 10:08am
Melissa6666

Vitamin E does help with menstrual cramps. Having plenty of fluids and keeping a warm heating on your stomach while laying down helps alot. Motrin (ibuprofen) helps with pain as well. Primrose oil is a natural oil you can take it as oil or capsules.

Melissa

March 30, 2012 - 6:57pm
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