6 Weird But Effective Traditional Ways To Reduce Menstrual Cramps

We always hear “old is gold”, but sometimes we fail to understand, let alone accept, this saying. There are some ancient beliefs and cultures that should not exist in this 21st century; however, some ancient methods used to reduce menstrual cramps still survive, and for good reason – these methods have proven to be effective.

1. Heat

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Heat was traditionally used in Asian countries, such as India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. It brings comfort to your menstrual cramps as it increases oxygen flow to your cramped muscles to alleviate the pain. Hot water bags, bottles and towels are commonly used to provide constant heat to reduce these cramps.

With the advancement of technology, the power of heat has been harnessed and optimised with natural heat therapy patches that reduce cramps and last 12 hours – MenstruHeat.

2. Lemon Balm

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In the middle ages, women used lemon balm to ease their menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea). This herbal treatment was pretty common as it helped to ease tension in the body. It also helps with other PMS symptoms, such as agitation, muscle spasms, and mood swings. Lemon balm has a sedative or depressive effect on the central nervous system which helps to alleviate menstrual cramps.

3. Ginger Tea

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This warm beverage can have a calming effect on our bodies and minds. It helps relieve pain, tension, and other PMS symptoms such as constipation, stomach upset, and abdominal bloating. As such, it is still a popular method used to reduce menstrual cramps.

There are other teas that help reduce menstrual cramps — chamomile, peppermint, and fennel are some of the popular ones.

4. Black Haw & Black Cohosh

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These are sister herbs, which were popular in southern part of United States. They are natural muscle relaxants, which also help reduce uterine spasms and lower the overall degree of pain. These are still popular in today’s day & age due to their effectiveness.

5. Tangkwei

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This “blood herb” has been a common solution to reduce menstrual cramps for Asian women. It is high in magnesium, iron, cobalt, and vitamin B12, which are nutrients that help alleviate menstrual cramps. Other than relieving fatigue and mood swings, it is also known to have excellent muscle-relaxing properties.

6. Acupuncture

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In ancient China, this was a popular way to reduce menstrual cramps. This involves pressing certain pressure points in your body using a needle, which helps to stimulate your muscles and nerves to relax and relieve tension. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), this is still a commonly used method to cure menstrual cramps.


These are some of the “weird” tried-and-tested traditional methods which are still popular today. Do you use any of these methods? Let us know in the comments below 🙂

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