Every time that time of month comes around, we get anxious about starting to feel those painful and annoying cramps that can drain our energy and even distract us from everyday activities.
Many women will pop pain medications that may numb the feeling but aren’t helping the blood circulation or alleviating spasms.
There are a number of herbs that have been used in TCM for centuries to help prevent and alleviate menstrual cramps. Here, we review four of them.
Dang Gui (Angelica Root)
Angelica root, known as dong quaior dang gui, belongs to a species of plants that has been used in TCM as well as in Ayurveda, among other traditional medicine systems. It helps to promote blood flowto the reproductive organs, thus reducing cramps. It is an herb known to regulate the gastrointestinal tractand reduce bloating related to accumulated gas, as well as calm spasms.
Chuan Xiong (Lovage Root)
Lovage root, also known as Sichuan lovage root and Chuan Xiong, is an herb known to move the blood and reduce lower-body pain. It is known to be a diuretic as well as a spasmolytic, meaning it will help to reduce spasms. Because of these properties, it is also used to help alleviate flatulence and other gastric problems.
White Peony Root
White peony is known as a liver and blood tonic, as it has analgesic, blood nourishing, and menstrual regulating properties. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce bloating.
Foxglove root, or Chinese foxglove is an herb that women have added to soup as far back as the Song Dynasty. The soup contains four herbs, among them Chinese foxglove, which helps to alleviate pain and serves as a blood tonic to nourish the blood after menstruation and giving birth.
These four herbs and five more, including Motherwort, Safflower, and Nut Grass, are found in Balance Blends Cramp Whisperer,a natural form to alleviate and prevent cramps through herbs used for hundreds of years.