It is estimated that 140 million work hours are lost every year
because of a single complaint, painful menstruation. 10% of high
school girls too absent themselves from school because of it.
As we saw in the last article there are many types
of painful menstruation and each type should be treated according
to its signs and symptoms.
There is no specific treatment that completely
alleviates the misery connected with dysmenorrhoea. Each woman with
severe cramps usually finds her own special remedy.
Here are some self help remedies which might provide
VIBURNIUM OPULUS : For pain with scanty bleeding.
Hale's Materia Medica of the New Remedies (1880 edition)
says "The physician who shall find a remedy for painful
menstruation will have the blessings of thousands of
suffering women." After 109 years the statement still
hold good. There is no one specific medicine in any
science. Therefore, it is very important to reach out
to each individual according to her symptoms.
Menses is too late, scanty, lasting a few hours,
offensive odour, ovarian region feels heavy and congested, spasmodic
pain radiating to front of thighs. Viburnum Opulus has proved to
be most effective remedy. Cramp bark is the common name of this remedy
and it really controls cramps.
BEFORE MENSES : The trouble starts before
menses. There is severe bearing down, with pulling sensation in the
thighs. There is severe down the back with occasional sharp shooting
pains from back to front which results in nervousness and restlessness.
DURING MENSES : Severe nausea, scanty menstrual
flow, thin and light coloured, a feeling of light headedness, a tendency
to faint while trying to sit up. The flow suddenly stops for several
hours. The pain is maximum during this period and reduces after the
menses returns in clots.
Viburnum Opulus 200, 5 pills every 2 hourly during pain.
KALI CARB : For delayed menses in young
girls. There is a bloated feeling a few days before menses, with
a tendency to become very nervous, easily frightened to death and
peevish. There is constant fear which is always felt in the lower
abdomen. She feels cold all the time specially during menstrual period.
There is constant backache with pains from hip to knee. With menses
comes a violent cutting pain and distension of abdomen. She must
sit bent over pressing the abdomen with both hands. The characteristic
symptom is the bloated abdomen with lots of flatulence and fear at
the pit of abdomen.
Kali Carb 200, 5 pills every 2 hourly during pain.
PULSATILLA : Pain with very scanty irregular
menses. Menses is generally delayed. Characteristically this woman
will be timid and gentle, suffering from suppressed menses because
of a disturbed hormonal balance. During the absence of menses she
suffer from a thick vaginal discharge. If the menses is delayed by
more than 5-6 days she develops backache, downward pressure and a
tired feeling. Pain increases on the first day of menses, it is dark
and thick. She has a low pain bearing capacity. Emotionally, she
is very mild, wanting sympathy, wants someone to rub her back and
WHEN PAIN INCREASES WITH FLOW : The symptoms
Profuse dark clotted offensive menses with severe backache. Pain
starts on the first day of menses. Pain in lower abdomen starts from
one side and goes transversely to the other side then it shoots up
to the chest, down to the thighs. The patient feels as if the pain
is flying from one part to the other. Pain increases with increase
in flow. It is worse when she passes clots. In normal conditions
also she suffers from backache specially the upper spine is very
sensitive with frequent stiffness of neck.
Pubatille 200, 5 pills every 2 hourly till pain subsides.
WARM UP : Warmth will increase your blood
flow and relax your muscles especially important in you cramped and
congested pelvic area, says Dr. Budoff. Drink lots of hot herbal
tea or hot lemonade. Also put a heating pad or hot water bottle on
your abdomen for few minutes at a time. Heat relaxes muscles and
also helps open the cervix, which facilitates the blood flow and
subsequently alleviates the cramps.
TAKE A BRISK WALK : Walk or engage in some
form of moderate exercise at all times. There are special abdominal
exercises which should be done a week prior to menstruation. These
exercises strengthen the abdominal muscles and keep the body in better
physical shape. It is well known that dancers and athletic women
have fewer menstrual complaints.
If there is clear medical reason for dysmenorrhoea such as pelvic
infection or fibroid tumors, the condition should be treated by
Readers are advised that the medical advice offered
in this column pertains to generalised treatment of condition. Kindly
consult your doctor before self-medication.