Menstruation brings many challenges for women. For some people, the symptoms are very mild or even not there at all. In others, the symptoms can be gut wrenching and enough to reduce a woman to a mess on the floor.
The biggest problem with menstruation is not the bleeding itself, but the premenstrual syndrome: mood swings, irritability, back pain, bloating, body ache, and gastric symptoms, to name a few.
While women experience menstruation every month as a natural part of their bodily function, it does not mean there is no need for medical attention. The goal of treatment is not to prevent menstruation but to reduce the symptoms.
NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are often used for this purpose. Other than medication, other household treatments may be effective, such as hot bottle on the stomach. Among them, the one treatment that has the most scientific backup is turmeric.
Turmeric is a popular spice with a beautiful yellow color. It gets this color from the rich curcuminoids in it. Curcuminoids are natural antioxidants present in turmeric. The most prominent curcuminoid is Curcumin. This ingredient has multiple usages in the pharmaceutical field. Here are a few way turmeric can ease menstrual symptoms.
The premenstrual syndrome includes a number of physical and emotional symptoms that happens before menstruation. Women can feel irritation, mood swings, depression, rage or have a headache, bloating, muscle ache, back pain, and some flu-like symptoms. In a clinical study where women were given turmeric before menstruation, a reduction in PMS was reported. It is explained that the curcumin acting as an anti-inflammatory reduces the pain from PMS by inhibiting COX and LOX enzymes – two enzymes that are associated with pain perception – and prostaglandins – the pain hormone. Curcumin also prevents immune cells from migrating to the reproductive organ to reduce inflammation.
Act as an anti-spasmodic agent
Cramps or abdominal pain the most common complaints with menstruation. Besides acting as an anti-inflammatory agent to reduce pain, curcumin also prevents muscle spasming and contractions in the uterus and intestine.
Reduce mood swings and depression associated with menstruation
Curcumin has anti-depressant properties that can control brain chemicals to alleviate moods. This has been proven by a study in animals. In human, it influences a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) involved in PMS symptoms.
Reduce bloating and other gastric symptoms
Unlike other NSAIDs, turmeric can reduce pain without causing gastric symptoms. A few studies suggest that turmeric has a calming effect on digestive disorders. A few of the medicinal properties of curcumin include:
Protect against infections and toxic conditions
Menstruation makes your body more vulnerable to infection. Turmeric is an anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent that can prevent bacterial and fungal infection.
Turmeric can be used as a spice for cooking. Turmeric is also available in the form of capsules and tinctures. The prescribed dose is as follows:
−Standardized powder: 400-600mg 3 times a day
−Fluid extract with 1:1 concentration: 30-90 drops per day
−Tincture of 1:2 ratio: 15-30 drops 4 times a day
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Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: August 30, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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