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Talvikki Wyntersong

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Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« on: September 05, 2011, 02:08:06 pm »
Yes.  Menstruation is a gift.  But it's bloody painful. (pun... hah...)

I get horrible cramps when it comes around, and before I pop some pills I'm determined to try something natural this time.

Right now I have two moonstones in each pocket (charged from the last Full Moon) and I just drank some natural fruit tea.  The tea helped for a while but now I'm back in the regular pain again.

Perhaps a different tea would work?  A tea with specific properties?  Maybe some other practical use of moonstones...  I tried placing them on my abdomen and envisioning a pink/white healing light... It help while I was doing that but as soon as I stopped, the pain came back.

I'm not sure...  Any suggestions for -natural- remedies?  Is there anything that works other than pills, pills, and more pills?

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2011, 02:16:34 pm »
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Yes.  Menstruation is a gift.  


Umm, well.... not necessarily. ;)

You could try to get yourself some Pulsatilla pratensis - it's a homeopathic remedy relating to everything in that area. You can get it in a dilution from D6-D12 (don't know tho' if the US dilutions are the same as the one in Germany.) You better ask someone dealing with homeopathics.

To be honest, I am all for pills, pills, pills as soon as I'm in pain. ;)
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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2011, 02:21:29 pm »
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Umm, well.... not necessarily. ;)

You could try to get yourself some Pulsatilla pratensis - it's a homeopathic remedy relating to everything in that area. You can get it in a dilution from D6-D12 (don't know tho' if the US dilutions are the same as the one in Germany.) You better ask someone dealing with homeopathics.

To be honest, I am all for pills, pills, pills as soon as I'm in pain. ;)


Well, it's a gift to me because I plan on having children soon. ;) haha

I've never heard of that. I could definately look into it.

And it's not that pills, pills, pills are all bad or anything.  lol Just seeing if there's anything out there that people -actually- use and it helps.

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2011, 02:25:56 pm »
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Well, it's a gift to me because I plan on having children soon.

 
I've heard that it might becomes better after that. ;)

Pulsatilla is a very common homeopathic remedy for menstruation problems.
As a young girl, even the 'normal' doctor described them for me once.
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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2011, 02:29:20 pm »
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I get horrible cramps when it comes around, and before I pop some pills I'm determined to try something natural this time.

Honestly, if you're in a lot of pain, the kind that interferes with normal daily functions, you might want to speak with your gynecologist. S/he might be able to help.

Personally, I'm a fan of pills, pills, pills. Teas and such never, ever, worked for me.
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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2011, 02:34:55 pm »
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Personally, I'm a fan of pills, pills, pills. Teas and such never, ever, worked for me.

 
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I sometimes get the 'but you are a witch!' look, if I mention this.
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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2011, 02:47:00 pm »
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*nods*
I sometimes get the 'but you are a witch!' look, if I mention this.


Haha, me too! I guess I'm just not that kind of witch. I've never been good at recommending herbs for healing/health issues.

My sister used to swear by Valerian root tea. Yuck! I can't get past the smell.:p

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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2011, 02:49:11 pm »
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My sister used to swear by Valerian root tea. Yuck! I can't get past the smell.:p


As tea? :yikes:
No. Way.

Sometimes I take capsules, and even some of them stink. *ugh*
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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2011, 03:01:19 pm »
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As tea? :yikes:
No. Way.


I know! Gross, huh? But she said it worked...

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2011, 03:05:41 pm »
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I'm not sure...  Any suggestions for -natural- remedies?  Is there anything that works other than pills, pills, and more pills?

~Talvi

 
In my house  it's  hot baths', heating  pad, a bottle or three  of  mydol, lots  of chocolate and the boys  usually hide form the three of us  girls that  week. Sorry I haven't  got much more for you!
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2011, 03:38:52 pm »
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In my house  it's  hot baths', heating  pad, a bottle or three  of  mydol, lots  of chocolate and the boys  usually hide form the three of us  girls that  week. Sorry I haven't  got much more for you!

 
That's how it was for Daughter (not me, I was one of those women for whom menstruation wasn't much more than a minor annoyance) until she was old enough to be put on BCPs to regulate her. Her periods were not only incredibly painful, they were also highly irregular; the irritation of never knowing when/if she was going to have one was almost worse than the pain. Since she's been on the Pill, though, she's able to almost tell to the minute when it will arrive, she has no discomfort, and it lasts only three days. MUCH improved.

Obviously we're in the "pills are good things when indicated" camp.
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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2011, 03:47:40 pm »
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That's how it was for Daughter (not me, I was one of those women for whom menstruation wasn't much more than a minor annoyance) until she was old enough to be put on BCPs to regulate her. Her periods were not only incredibly painful, they were also highly irregular; the irritation of never knowing when/if she was going to have one was almost worse than the pain. Since she's been on the Pill, though, she's able to almost tell to the minute when it will arrive, she has no discomfort, and it lasts only three days. MUCH improved.

Obviously we're in the "pills are good things when indicated" camp.


Hm... I've been really considering the BCP for over a year.  Right now, though, not sure how it'd work out.  My periods come within 5-7 days of the last one... so, sometimes I'm a week late and it's "normal" although it freaks me out.

Yeah I always get very painful periods...  so far I have done -nothing- today but eat and shower.  I have to go to work later on and that's when I just gotta bite my lip and do my best. I might have some Mydol laying around but I usually just take Motrin because it's all we have...

I heard that since I started when I was 10 (quite young), that's why my cramps might be so bad. ugh.

Well, I've been trying my best today to not pop a pill yet, but I'm definately going to now!

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2011, 03:50:31 pm »
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Honestly, if you're in a lot of pain, the kind that interferes with normal daily functions, you might want to speak with your gynecologist. S/he might be able to help.

 
Well, for the first two days I can barely get up and do anything... Then after that it gets better.  More annoying than painful for the rest of it.

And I don't have a gynecologist... :/ -sigh-

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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2011, 03:56:18 pm »
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I'm not sure...  Any suggestions for -natural- remedies?  Is there anything that works other than pills, pills, and more pills?
~Talvi

 
Here's the thing: the reason herbs work is that they have chemicals that affect our bodies. I also prefer herbal options when I can, but I know enough about herbalism to know that it's a lot more complicated than "this herb works for everyone". (Also, generally, herbal approaches require consistency of use - some things are 'every day for a period of time', some are 'every day for the two weeks before your period', some things are 'as soon as you feel the first sign of a cramp, no matter how inconvenient it is to stop and make tea right then, or it won't work effectively'.)

So, to figure out a herbal option, you'd have to do some research - and ideally, work with someone with substantial experience with herbs, who could help you narrow down options, navigate contraindications, things like that. For example, painful cramps can have a whole bunch of different causes: what will work best for lack of muscle tone in the uterus (hence, pain when it contracts) is different than stagnant fluids in your body is different than an imbalance in other hormones.

(And, of course, you may need to avoid specific herbs because of other medical conditions, allergies, or if you're, say, looking at getting pregnant in the near future. Some very common herbs can have these issues - for example, a number of people are allergic or sensitive to chamomile, which is in a whole lot of herbal tea blends designed for general drinking, because it's related to ragweed.)

For learning more, one of my favorite forums is Susun Weed's (http://www.healingwiseforum.com/) - I don't fully agree with some of her approaches, but there's a lot of good information in the forum about many different issues. (I am not a trained herbalist, but I've done a year of fairly intensive classes, plus ongoing work with a herbalist for treatment, so I've got a fairly good sense of my own tendencies, plus some ideas for common things like colds, etc. and Opinions about a lot of stuff.)

Anyway, there, you'll find a lot of suggestions for nourishing infusions (on the theory that better nourishment helps a lot of small problems get better). One herb that some people find useful - though it shouldn't be used day in-day out for long periods of time - is red raspberry, which is a classic uterine tonic. But that may or may not actually help *you* - as above, it depends a lot on what's underlying the cramping.
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Re: Remedies for dealing with womanly gifts
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2011, 03:59:59 pm »
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Hm... I've been really considering the BCP for over a year.  Right now, though, not sure how it'd work out.  My periods come within 5-7 days of the last one... so, sometimes I'm a week late and it's "normal" although it freaks me out.


When I was in my late teens I got the BCP because of the pains.
The cramps were so bad, I had even severe circulatory problems from it.
So I second what Starglade wrote, it really helps.

And now that I am no longer taking them, the time in the month is sometimes annoying, but not nearly as painful as it once was.

Maybe you should consider that option again.
Being totally out of order for two days really sucks.
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