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Some non-medical options that may provide relief are:


A hot bath can be a non-medical remedy for menstrual cramps.




Soaking in a hot bath
Applying heat, for example, a hot water bottle, to the lower abdomen
Caution, do not sleep with a heating pad to prevent burns.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
Researchers at Imperial College London found that ingredients in chamomile tea may help relieve menstrual pains by relaxing the uterus.

In another study, Chinese herbal medicines were found to help reduce menstrual cramps, but the authors called for more research.

Some dietary options, including herbs and vitamin supplements, may help. Some examples are lavender, fennel, and pycnogenol. These have very little risk.

One study suggests that ginger powder may help if taken during the first 3 to 4 days of the menstrual cycle.

If you choose to use any herbal or supplement approaches, be cautious. The United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate herbs and supplements for quality or purity.

Getting enough rest and sleep and regular exercise may help.

PREVENTION
Measures that may reduce the risk of menstrual cramps include:

eating fruits and vegetables and limiting intake of fat, alcohol, caffeine, salt, and sweets
exercising regularly
reducing stress
quitting smoking
Yoga or acupuncture and acupressure help, but more research is needed.

If the first treatment option does not work within 2 to 3 months, the patient should return to the doctor.

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