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Painful Periods? Consider Adding Ginger to Your Routine

gingerIf you’re like many women who experience painful periods that can be tough to endure—if not downright debilitating—you want effective relief. That relief may be as close as your pantry. We’re talking about zingy and aromatic ginger that packs a powerful punch in easing menstrual pain.

While over-the-counter pharmaceuticals are often the go-to solution, many women are turning to natural remedies to alleviate their discomfort. In particular, ginger is gaining attention and popularity. Its potential for easing pain and inflammation is becoming better understood.

Ginger has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its various health benefits. Among its many properties, ginger is particularly appreciated for its potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) effects. The primary active compounds responsible for these effects are gingerol and shogaol.

4 Ways It Helps

Ginger works to relieve painful periods in a few different ways:

Anti-inflammatory action – the active components in ginger inhibit the production of inflammatory molecules, which are linked to pain. By reducing inflammation in the uterine lining and muscles of the uterus, this spice may help decrease the severity of menstrual cramps.

Muscle relaxation – ginger is believed to have muscle relaxant properties, which can ease uterine contractions and subsequently reduce the intensity of period cramps.

Pain perception – this spice may influence the way the body perceives pain by interacting with pain receptors in the nervous system. This action can lead to reduced pain sensations.

Blood flow regulation - some studies suggest ginger can improve blood circulation, potentially aiding in better nutrient and oxygen supply to the uterine tissues and reducing pain.

While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanism of ginger’s effects on painful periods, it does show some promise in reducing menstrual cramps and may be a valuable natural remedy.

How to Take It

Consuming ginger in tea or capsule form, adding it to meals, or applying it topically, are all ways in which it can be utilised for its benefits. As with any treatment, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before incorporating it into your routine, especially if you have existing medical conditions or are taking medications.

If you are interested in learning more, book a free 15-minute consultation with Dr. Tina Canto, ND. She can address many women’s health issues including painful periods.

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