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Can Fennel and Ginger Ease Menstrual Cramps?

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  • Research suggests fennel and ginger are as effective as NSAID pain-relieving medications when it comes to addressing PMS symptoms such as menstrual cramps
  • Although NSAIDs and oral contraceptive pills are common PMS treatments, they may not be acceptable as long-term therapies due to their potential side effects
  • Ginger has been called out as an effective therapy for heavy menstrual bleeding, whereas fennel was shown to be useful in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea
  • Acupuncture, aromatherapy, heat and the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) have also been shown to be effective treatments for PMS

By Dr. Mercola

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) describes a collection of symptoms known to occur a few days prior to a woman's monthly menstrual cycle. Although symptoms vary widely in both severity and type, a few of the most common ones include acne, bloating, cramping, headaches, irritability, pain, sleep issues and swollen or tender breasts. Hormone fluctuations occurring during your menstrual cycle are thought to be the primary cause of PMS, while chemical changes in your brain may also play a role.

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