Woman lying down in pain

By Dr John Barnett

More than half of women who menstruate report some pain from period cramps for a day or two each month. While menstrual cramps are usually not a sign of a serious health condition, they can put a crimp in your lifestyle. To help with the pain, here are a few home treatments.

1.) Ginger tea in the bath water – run yourself a hot bath and pure in a strong batch of ginger tea. Ginger is warming and helps improve circulation, which can ease menstrual cramps.

2.) Walk – going for a brisk walk will get your blood pumping and help alleviate the pain.

3.) Hot water bottle – you can purchase a large rubber water bottle from the pharmacy, fill it with hot water and place it on your stomach. The heat plus the weight of the water offers great relief.

4.) Cinnamon – you can put some on your food or take it in capsule form. Either way it will help by warming the body and relaxing the uterus.