Herbal Formulas to Treat Menstrual Cramps vs. NSAIDs
According to recent medical studies, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and herbal formulas can provide more effective relief from painful menstrual cramps than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. So, if you are searching for an alternative treatment for menstrual cramps, then you may find relief in one of several Chinese herbal formulas which practitioners regularly prescribe for their patients. You can read the details of the clinical finding by following this link.
For many practitioners of TCM such has acupuncturists and herbalists, the findings are not surprising. We have been using Chinese herbal formulas with our patients with a high degree of success. Although skeptics cite the lack of clinical studies as a way to discredit herbal treatments, our patients experience the many benefits this ancient medical practice offers. Menstrual cramp pain is just one of many conditions practitioners treat on a regular basis.
Plants and Herbs in Modern Pharmaceutical Drugs
It is estimated that upwards to 7,000 modern medical compounds are derived from plants and according to the WHO, 25% of pharmaceutical drugs used in the US are derived from plants. Although the Western medical community often labels the use of herbs as an alternative medicine, the prevalence of plant based compounds in the modern pharmacopoeia demonstrates herbs are more of a common medical practice rather than an alternative method.
Herbal Medicine as Primary Health Care
In many parts of the world, herbal medicine is used as a component of primary heath care. Pharmaceutical products remain out of reach to many due to high costs. Chinese medicine has a deep history in determining which herbal formulas are useful. So it is not surprising that herbs are an effective treatment for menstrual cramps. Unlike NSAIDs, the use of herbs generally address blockages in microcirculation, nourish blood deficiency and move blood which has stagnated. Some herbs are even prescribed to address the psychological aspects that increase menstrual pain since body and mind are not separate in the Chinese medical approach. So by addressing a wider variety of root causes, it is not surprising the herbal formulas out-perform NSAIDs.
If you are suffering from painful menstrual cramps and have not found the relief you are looking for from over the counter medications or pharmaceuticals, we encourage you to fill out our free online consultation form. Alina, our licensed TCM practitioner, will gladly point you to one of our menstrual cramp formulas or create a Personalized Formula for you that is best suited to your individual constitution. If you do not have the time to fill out our consultation form, you can try one of our commonly prescribed Menstrual Cramp Relief Formulas in our Women’s Health category.