God created females to keep this whole world expanding. Without a lady the life of gents is worthless. As the females have the capacity to carry the fetus in her womb and give birth to a new life. She has the power to maintain a balance in the household work and doing a job outside. But in this stressful & competitive life, she forgets to take care of her health. She suffers from different reproductive and menstrual disorders but in majority cases, she ignores all of them. This is not good for female health and good health is the only way to attain longevity in life.
Stress is the main reason that disturbs the mental and physical life of a lady. We listen from most of the females complaining about their painful menses but they ignore them. They don’t know that it is also an issue of concern. In medical term, painful menses is known as “Dysmenorrhoea”. As per Ayurvedic point of view, Dysmenorrhoea is “kashten pravartanam” (Kashtartava) in which the word “Kashta” means difficult, painful, and troublesome. Kahtartava is considered as a symptom of various yonivyapadas. According to Acharya Shushruta “Vipluta yonivyapada” is a painful menses condition that occurs due to more aggravation of Vata dosha.
मिथ्यााचरेणया: स्त्रीणांप्रदुष्टेनाआर्तवेनच।जायन्तेबीजदोषाच्चदेवाच्चऋणुता: पृथक। (सु. उ३८ /५ )
The shloka given by Acharya “Shushruta” said that all twenty types of yonivyapada (female reproductive disorders) are produced due to wrong eating and lifestyle habits of a female, parent’s genetic disorders, and doing wrong things.
उदावर्त्ततथाबन्ध्याविप्लुताचपरिप्लुता।वातलाचेतिवतोत्था: पित्तोतथारुधिरक्षरा। (सु. उ३८/६ )
This shloka of Acharya Shushruta explains that udavart, bandhya, vipluta, pripluta, and vatala are five type of yonivyapada that are caused due to the aggravation of Vata dosha in the body. Rudhirkshara is due to Pitta dosha aggravation.
बन्ध्यामनष्टआर्त्तवांविद्यादविप्लुतांनित्यवेदनाम। (सु. उ३८ /१०)
This shloka refers that Vipluta is a painful menses condition in a female.
The shloka referred all above tells about the painful menses condition in a lady since ancient times. In modern times this condition is known as dysmenorrhoea.
As per the modern aspect when female faces difficult or painful menses it is known as “Dysmenorrhoea”.
Ayurveda is the oldest system of science that has different effective herbs to deal with painful menses. So ladies, please don’t panic and don’t feel embarrassed if you are facing such problems. Here are some most effective herbs for you. From these herbs, you can make effective remedies at home that will help you in those days when your enthusiasm runs out. Be cheerful and use these home remedies given below to enjoy the life:
1. Babul (Acacia Nilotica)
It is an amazing herb that gives good results in painful menses. If a female is not having her periods on time and has painful periods. then she can use 250 mg powder of Babul bark. Make a powder of the bark add two-liter water in it. Boil this mixture until it remains 500 ml. Now with the help of a syringe (without needle) put the remained water in your vaginal area. This remedy will start your menses properly and stop the pain during menses.
2. Tarpin Oil (Turpentine)
Take a sitz bath of lukewarm water up to your back. Give hot compression to your navel area. After that gently massage your back and navel with tarpin oil. This remedy will help you in painful menses.
3. Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum)
We all know this herb is easily available in Indian kitchens. It is considered as a spice that gives flavor to various cuisines. You can also use it as a home remedy in painful menses condition. Take one gram of Black pepper and three grams of Reetha (Sapindus trifoliatus). Make a powder of these two herbs. Take one teaspoon of this powder with water during menstruation. This is a very effective remedy for painful menses.
4. Ajwain (Trachyspermum Ammi)
This is the famous herb in Ayurveda that exhibits various medicinal properties. From our childhood, we are listening about the health benefits of this herb from our grandparents. For painful menses, you can prepare a home remedy for this herb. Prepare a juice of Ajwain, Mint, Green cardamon and Fennel herbs by taking all in equal quantity. Take 50 grams of this juice during menstruation to draw out your painful menses problem.
5. Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)
Ginger is also a very common herb that is frequently used in fresh form by Indians during winters. So we can also use this herb as a home remedy for painful menses. You can make a decoction from this herb by taking one teaspoon of dry Ginger powder; add two cups of water and old jaggery. Boil the mixture until the remaining one cup. Strain the mixture and drink it hot. It is an effective remedy in Dysmenorrhoea condition. During this condition better avoid drinking cold water and eating sour food items.
6. Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum)
Though this herb is bitter in taste but the health benefits are so immense that even it starts tasting wonderful. Its warming nature balances the painful condition during menstruation. You can take its benefits by using its leaves, seeds, or powder. Take one teaspoon of this herb put it in a glass of water. Soak these seeds for the night. In the morning boil this water for five minutes. Strain the mixture and drink this hot water.
Use powder of this herb in preparing your cuisines. The leaves of the herb can be used in a vegetable form.
7. Hibiscus (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis)
The flower of this plant has many medicinal properties. You can prepare a home remedy with its flowers to get relief from all types of menstrual disorders. Take 6 to 12 grams of hibiscus flowers. Dry them & make a powder of these flowers. Use one teaspoon of this powder with Kanji (rice gruel) twice daily. This remedy will manage your painful menses.
8. Kesar (Crocus Sativus)
The style and stigmas of the Kesar flowers are used as a spice. Not only as a spice but it also used for medicinal purposes. If the menses are paining, take the fourth part of one gram of Kesar. Put it in a glass of hot milk. Drink this Kesar milk two to three times a day during painful menses condition. It will certainly provide relief.
There are many more herbal remedies present on this planet, but all are immaculate & amazing home remedies that a female should use in a regular way, to stay healthy even in those menstrual days.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an Expert Ayurveda Consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.