Dr. Daemon Jones makes the natural approach to health her first resort. She'll treat menstrual pain with magnesium to counteract muscle cramping. She recommends green leafy vegetables and pumpkin seeds as whole food sources of magnesium. And she mentions that women's cravings for chocolate during their menstrual cycle may be because chocolate contains magnesium.
Dr. Jones is on faculty at Smith Farms Center for Healing and the Arts and Food As Medicine Professional Training program.
(Transcribed from video interview)
Hi, I am Dr. Dae and I am a naturopathic physician or a naturopathic doctor, and what that really means is, I look at the holistic approaches to how you treat patients using the most natural methods first before looking at surgeries and pharmaceuticals. And I am an author and I am an EmpowHer writer.
Whenever I have a patient or a woman come in and she wants to address issues related to menstrual pain or menstrual problems, the first thing is we always want to make sure that we are treating the underlying cause of the problems, so we want to see is that a hormonal imbalance, is it secondary to some other issue or problem that the woman has.
Now, most often, it’s an imbalance in her hormonal system. So I take actually two approaches. I have a short-term approach and I have a long-term approach. And the short-term approach is really, how do we get her out of pain as quickly as possible, and then how do we regulate the cycle so the cycle can be more normal over time?
And so, the short-term approach really focuses on if she is having pain because she is having some kind of cramping or some kind of issue like that. That’s generally because her uterus actually has muscles. It’s a very strong, muscular organ, and we have to, she has cramping because the muscles in her uterus are actually contracting and spasming.
So, one way to kind of relieve that kind of pain is through magnesium. So, I will either do some supplementation related to magnesium and making sure that it’s a high quality and it’s available to the body--bio-available.