Diseases

PAINFULL PERIODS

Definition 

Painful Periods: Dysmenorrhoea or painful menstruation is a common problem affecting many women, caused by the forceful contraction of the uterus.This acid helps in breaking down the food during digestion. When there is excess production of acid by the gastric glands of the stomach, it results in the condition known as acidity. 
Signs & Symptoms 
Pain is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, fatigue and nervousness. Pain felt in the lower abdomen varies from mild discomfort to intense pain. It persists for a day or two. 
Causes 
In the teens and twenties, hormonal secretions increase uterine contraction thereby causing colicky pain. 
In older women, uterine tumours, ovarian cysts and other diseases might be the cause. Constipation may be associated with this type.

Remedies

1. A purgative for 2 days before the expected date of menstruation is beneficial.
2. Hing or asafoetida can be given powdered after frying in ghee or butter. 1 tablespoonful should be taken twice a day with a rice bolus followed by a glass of hot water.
3. 4-5 cloves of pasted garlic may be consumed thrice a day to relieve pain.
4. Camphor may be rolled into pills and a pill thrice a day may be consumed and a liniment of camphor may be rubbed on the abdomen.
5. 10 grains of powdered sesame seeds 4 times a day may be taken along with a warm hip bath containing a handful of the seeds.
6. Kumaryasava: three tsp with equal quantity of water should be taken twice a day after food, for a month to render periods painless.
7. Rajaprarvartini Vati, 1 tablet 3 times a day, daily with warm water may be given a week prior to menses.