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Dysmenorrhea Stack

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A woman's monthly cycle may include several days of pain and discomfort due to cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea. It may be caused by the hormone-like substances prostaglandins, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Dysmenorrhea includes symptoms of throbbing or cramping pain in the lower abdomen, dull, constant aching pain, and pain tht radiates to your lower back and thighs. Moreover, some women may also experience nausea, headache, loose stools, and dizziness. How do you find relief? According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

118 Potential Effects from this Stack

Effect OnScaleContributors
Blood Flow2 Vitamin E, Pycnogenol, Fish Oil
Memory2 Black Cohosh, Vitamin E, Ginger, Fish Oil
Lipid Peroxidation2 Vitamin E, Fish Oil
Insulin Sensitivity2 Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Magnesium
Immunity (aka Immune system)1 Vitamin E
Cognition1 Black Cohosh, Pycnogenol
Interferon Gamma1 Vitamin E
Cell Adhesion Factors (aka sCAM-11 Vitamin E, Fish Oil
Rate of Gastric Emptying1 Ginger
Dysmenorrhea1 Vitamin E
Endothelial Function1 Fish Oil
Prostate Cancer Risk1 Vitamin E
Photoprotection1 Fish Oil
Free Testosterone1 Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Magnesium
Serum Magnesium1 Magnesium
Sleep Quality1 Magnesium
Lean Mass1 Vitamin D, Fish Oil
Attention1 Pycnogenol, Fish Oil
Infant Birth Weight1 Fish Oil
Interleukin 41 Vitamin E
Total CholesterolNeutral Vitamin E
TriglyceridesNeutral Vitamin E, Magnesium
White Blood Cell CountNeutral Vitamin E
Serum T3Neutral Vitamin E
Breast Cancer RiskNeutral Vitamin E
Risk of StrokeNeutral Vitamin E
Apolipoprotein BNeutral Fish Oil
Bleeding TimeNeutral Vitamin E
EuphoricNeutral Vitamin E
Colon cancer riskNeutral Vitamin E
Postpartum DepressionNeutral Fish Oil
Verbal FluencyNeutral Vitamin E
Serum T4Neutral Vitamin E
Natural Killer Cell Content (aka NK cellNeutral Fish Oil
FatigueNeutral Fish Oil
VO2 MaxNeutral Fish Oil
C-Reactive ProteinNeutral Vitamin E
B cell countNeutral Fish Oil
Power OutputNeutral Vitamin D
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Clinical reports from Germany have suggested that vitex may help relieve different menstrual abnormalities associated with premenstrual syndrome, including dysmenorrhea.
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In a double-blind trial, women with dysmenorrhea received a placebo or a single administration of a large amount of vitamin D, which appeared to significantly diminish menstrual pain. This should only be done under doctor supervision.
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Vitamin B1 appears to relieve dysmenorrheal in cases of vitamin B1 deficiency. It is not known whether supplementing would relieve the condition in women who are not deficient.
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Vervain is a traditional herb for dysmenorrhea.
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Some practitioners report success using topical progesterone cream for dysmenorrhea.
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An herbal formulation known as toki-shakuyaku-san combines peony root with other herbs and has been found to reduce cramping and pain associated with dysmenorrhea.
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False unicorn was used in the Native American tradition for a large number of women's health conditions, including painful menstruation.
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Dong quai has been used either alone or in combination with other traditional Chinese medicine herbs to help relieve painful menstrual cramps.
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A constituent of corydalis called tetrahydropalmatine appears to heave pain-relieving and sedative effects. It has shown to be effective for painful menstruation.
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Muscles that are calcium-deficient tend to be hyperactive and therefore might be more likely to cramp. Calcium may help prevent menstrual cramps by maintaining normal muscle tone.
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Blue cohosh has been used traditionally for easing painful menstrual periods. Women of childbearing age using this herb should stop using it as soon as they become pregnant.
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Black cohosh has a history as a folk medicine for relieving menstrual cramps.
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400 to 600 IU of vitamin E a day for five days, beginning two days before menstruation. Taking vitamin E beginning two days before menstruation may help prevent severe pain.
200 mgVitamin B3 (Niacin) ,,,,,,
200 mg daily throughout menstrual cycle; for cramps: 100 mg every two to three hours. The niacin form of vitamin B3 has been reported to be effective in relieving menstrual cramps in 87% of a group of women supplementing with it throughout the menstrual cycle.
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60 mg per day. Preliminary research and double-blind research has reported that pycnogenol may reduce severe abdominal and back pain during menses.
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2 grams daily for one month; after that, 2 grams per day beginning eight days prior to menstruation and continuing for two days after the start . Women who took krill oil had improved abdominal pain and reported using fewer pain relievers for menstrual pain than those who took fish oil in one study.
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250 mg four times per day, beginning at the start of menstruation and continuing for three days. In a double-blind trial, ginger powder was as effective as anti-inflammatory medication (mefenamic acid and ibuprofen) in relieving symptoms of dysmenorrhea.
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A fish oil supplement containing EPA and DHA may help prevent menstrual syndromes.
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360 mg daily. Supplementing with magnesium may help keep uterine muscles relaxed.

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Potential Interactions
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) and magnesium work together in several different biochemical processes in the body. In patients who are deficient in both thiamine and magnesium, symptoms of thiamine deficiency may not respond to thiamine supplementation unless magnesium deficiency is also corrected. In addition, administration of large doses of thiamine can worsen magnesium deficiency. Magnesium supplementation should therefore be considered by people who are supplementing with thiamine.
  • Gaby AR. Magnesium. In Gaby AR, Nutritional Medicine. Concord, NH,, 2011; chapter 27
There is some evidence that magnesium may enhance calcium absorption.
  • Briscoe AM, Ragan C. Effect of magnesium on calcium metabolism in man. Am J Clin Nutr 1966;19:296-306.
Vitamin D’s most important role is maintaining blood levels of calcium. Therefore, many doctors recommend that those supplementing with calcium also supplement with 400–1,200 IU of vitamin D per day.
  • Norman AW. Intestinal calcium absorption: a vitamin D-hormone-mediated adaptive response. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;51:290-300.
Some evidence suggests that adding vitamin E to fish oil may prevent fish oil-induced increase in blood sugar levels.
  • Luostarinen R, Wallin R, Wibell L, et al. Vitamin E supplementation counteracts the fish oil-induced increase of blood glucose in humans. Nutr Res 1995; 15:953-68.

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