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Natural options for period pain – Ask the Naturopath

Posted on October 31, 2012 in Practice Information

Lots of women experience physical discomfort around the time of their period. It’s hard to put a percentage on it, but in my clinic I would say at least 60% of women experience some degree of discomfort with menstruation.  Most women think it is normal to experience pain with their period and resort to strong pain killers every month.

There are various effective natural medicines available that can help reduce the pain and need for pharmaceuticals such as naprogesic each month.  This article aims to outline when and how a naturopath can help.

Firstly why do we get period pain?

There are 2 types of period pain (Dysmenorrhoea) –

What are the naturopathic treatment options available for period pain ?

From a naturopathic point of view, treatment should focus on identifying and eliminating the underlying cause of the pain rather than just offering a “band aid” solution such as a pain killer every month. The naturopathic philosophy to treating period pain aims to support the person as whole. In addition to supporting healthy hormone balance I always consider other factors such as diet, health of the body’s elimination pathways (such as digestion, kidney and liver function), nervous system and stress response when formulating a treatment plan.

A typical naturopathic treatment plan to reduce period pain is likely to involve some or all of the following –

Herbal medicine formulation. This is most commonly prescribed in a liquid extract form but can also be prescribed as a tablet or tea.  Herbal medicines are selected on a case by case basis depending on patient. Common herbal medicine actions include –

Nutritional medicine such as –

Specific dietary support such as –  

Lifestyle suggestions such as –   

If the pain is severe, changes in any way or if there is excessive menstrual blood loss or the pain accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness you should consult their GP first for an accurate diagnosis.

The underlying message is that period pain should not be the norm and there are naturopathic options available to help reduce the need for pain killer medication every month. Don’t try and self prescribe natural medicines. No two patients are ever the same and many natural medicines are contra indicated in certain cases and can interfere with the action pharmaceutical drugs. So, it is always recommended patients seek professional advice from a qualified Naturopath when using any natural medicine.