By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Painful menses is a common occurrence in females. Usually there is pain in the abdomen, back, thighs and legs. In medical terms, this is known as dysmenorrhea. It is so common that a lot of females consider it as normal.
Is it normal to have painful menses?
Just because the problem is quite common, females tend to think that it is normal to have painful menses. The fact is that it is not normal. Menstruation is a physiological process. There is no need for it be painful. In case pain occurs during periods, it needs to be treated.
What are the symptoms of dysmenorrhea or painful menses?
As is evident from the term itself, the most important symptom is pain. This pain may be present in lower abdomen, back, thighs and legs. The nature and severity of pain varies from one female to another. In some patients, the pain is mild. In others, the pain is severe. In fact, it may be so severe that one is forced to be in bed.
While some have cramping pains, others feel discomfort only. In some cases the pain is in the abdomen or lower abdomen. In others, the pain occurs in the back or legs.
Some other symptoms too accompany the pain. Nausea or vomiting are commonly present with the pain. Irritability may also be seen. Some patients lose appetite.
In most of the cases, the onset of pain is a little before the menses. The pain is usually relieved when the flow begins or at the most by the second day. Relief in pain is felt with hot fomentation or by bending double.
Treatment for painful menses or dysmenorrhea
The mainstay of the allopathic system of medicine for the treatment of painful menses is painkillers. They don’t have any lasting treatment for dysmenorrhea. Most females keep taking painkillers during every menstrual cycle. This happens as the allopathic system of medicine can do no better. Even patients start thinking that this is normal. There is no need to think so.
Homeopathy for menstrual cramps
Homeopathy is very effective in curing menstrual cramps. The best part is that the homeopathic medicines are not only able to relieve pain, but also cure the tendency to have menstrual cramps. This means that after some time of treatment, the problem is completely cured. One is able to get rid of the problem permanently. The need to take painkillers no longer remains.
5 best Homeopathic medicines for Painful menses
There are dozens of medicines that can be indicated according to the symptoms. All of the medicines have given wonderful results in my hands. Here I have compiled a list of the most commonly used medicines. The list has been named as the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for painful menses.
Pulsatilla- best homeopathic medicine for periods pain with changeable moods
Belladonna- best in homeopathy for menstrual cramps with intense and sudden pains
Mag Phos- best homeopathic medicine for menstrual pain relieved by warmth
Nux Vomica- best in homeopathy for period pain with diarrhoea
Cimicifuga- best homeopathic remedy for menstrual cramps
Here is a brief description of the medicines mentioned above. The prominent symptoms of the medicines are being listed to give an idea. This does not mean that only these 5 medicines will be sufficient to cure every case. One has to go beyond these medicines often depending upon the symptoms of each individual. Nevertheless, these are very important and commonly used medicines.
1. Pulsatilla-One of the best homeopathic medicines for painful menses
Pulsatilla is the most commonly indicated medicine. It is suited much more for the mild, gentle and docile females. Changeable mood is common. There is a tendency to cry at the slightest cause. Menses are usually late. The patient usually feels better in open air. There is little thirst.
2. Belladonna- One of the best homeopathic medicines for painful menses with intense and sudden pain
When pains are intense and start suddenly, Belladonna is one of the best homeopathic medicines for painful menses. The characteristic here is that the pains start and stop suddenly. Pain may be cramping in nature. The face becomes hot, red and flushed. Menses are bright red. The flow is too profuse and often starts early.
3. Mag Phos- One of the best homeopathic medicines for painful menses relieved by warmth
In cases where pain is relieved by application of external warmth, Mag Phos is one of the best homeopathic medicines for painful menses. The pains are also better by application of pressure eg backache is relieved by pressure. The menses are dark, stringy and too early. The right side is more affected. The pain increases at night and from cold.
4. Nux Vomica- One of the best homeopathy medicine for period pain with diarrhoea
When there is constant urging to stool along with pain in the abdomen, Nux Vomica is one of the best homeopathic medicines for painful menses. The pains are temporarily relieved by passing stool. At the same time, pains are relieved by warmth. Chilliness accompanies the pains. The patient becomes irritable and is angered easily. The flow is irregular or prolonged.
5. Cimicifuga- One of the best homeopathic medicines for painful menses with crampy pains
When there are pains that are crampy in nature, Cimicifuga is one of the best homeopathic medicines for painful menses. The cramps increase as the flow increases.The pains are in the lower abdomen and shoot upward or down the thighs. For nervous women, it is one of the best homeopathic medicines for painful menses, when other symptoms match.