Chinese herbs for relieving menstrual pains

Posted by Puteri | 10/27/2007 08:50:00 PM | | 4 comments »

HONG KONG - A study involving nearly 3,500 women in several countries suggests that Chinese herbs might be more effective in relieving menstrual cramps than drugs, acupuncture or heat compression.

Australia-based researchers said herbs not only relieved pain, but reduced the recurrence of the condition over three months, according to the Cochrane Library journal.

“All available measures of effectiveness confirmed the overall superiority of Chinese herbal medicine to placebo, no treatment, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), OCPs (oral contraceptive pill), acupuncture and heat compression,” said lead author Xiaoshu Zhu from the Centre for Complementary Medicine Research at the University of Western Sydney.

Full story here.

I have always prefered a more natural alternative to drugs, if the natural alternative is proven effective.

Some of the Chinese herbs used in the concoction were Chinese angelica root (danggui), Szechuan lovage root (chuanxiong), red peony root (chishao), white peony root (baishao), Chinese motherwort (yimucao), fennel fruit (huixiang), nut-grass rhizome (xiangfu), liquorice root (gancao) and cinnamon bark (rougui).

Left, liquorice root, and right, red peony root.

I wonder if these herbs and others were put in a tablet form, it will be as effective? Hope some day there will be seach an herbal tablet available so women all over the world can have a safe alternative to pain killing drugs.


  1. pat // 7:32 PM, October 28, 2007  

    menstrual cramps ulih di relieve ngena ginger...baka org beranak,minum ai ginger kena ngangat ke buyan.

  2. Puteri // 7:53 PM, October 28, 2007  

    Amat ulih melega kah? Enti aku amat pedis cramps ubat pain killer bisa baru bisi effect. Nya pen mina 4 jam aja, udah nya pedis balit.

  3. pat // 6:24 PM, October 30, 2007  

    aku nyangka aja meh laban kitai beranak pun lega ngena ginger..

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