10 Yoga poses to combat Menstrual cramps

At the time of the month, many women suffer from menstrual pain – or to give it its medical name, dysmenorrhea (pronounced dis–men–o–ree–a). The pain can be a dull throbbing or sharp cramping in the lower abdomen that occur just before and during your periods.

Causes:

1. Uterus contractions cause much of the pain felt during the menstrual cycle because the contractions inhibit blood flow to the lining of the uterus. Abdominal cramps, low-back pain and leg discomfort are common symptoms.

2. It is believed to occur due to increased activity of the hormone prostaglandin.

3. Problems in women such as fibroids, endometriosis, sexually transmitted disease, stress and anxiety, etc. It is recommended that women suffering from menstrual cramps should take home remedies or herbal remedies to get rid of menstrual cramp

Popping painkillers during periods helps suppress the pain but is not a permanent solution. Also, the body gets used to such painkillers and may require you to increase the dosage with time, possibly inviting further problems. Also, it may not always be feasible to use hot-water bag every time your periods trouble you. Adoption of wholesome and nutritious food can help reduce the pain. Yoga, a time-tested natural technique is one of the rare side-effect free options available out there that can make your periods pain-free. Yoga strengthens the body physically and aids in alleviating pain caused due to menstrual cramps. It also calms the mind and empowers you to put up a stronger resistance against giving in to the pain.

These simple yoga poses for menstrual cramps work effectively to limit the pain from distracting your routine life:

1. Dhanurasana

2. Balasana

3. Pachimuttasana

4. Arching Piegion

5. Ustrasana

6. Vrajasana

7. Reclining spine twist

8. One armed Camel

9. Bhujanga Asana

10. Pasasana

** Acupuncture, acupressure, Ayurveda medicine and other relaxation therapies are recommended treatments.

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