Menstrual cramps in adolescent girls can be quite incapacitating and it results in a lot of loss of school hours. In our Ayurvedic tradition there are many excellent concoctions for the same and these grandmother remedies are very efficacious and do have a scientific basis.
A brew of the following is quite effective and unnecessary allopathic medications can often be avoided.
Basil leaves (Tulsi) can relieve some of the normal pain associated with menstruation because it contains caffeic acid, which has an analgesic, or pain-killing effect.
This has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties and can be mixed with Basil leaves and heated in water to form a brew.
This was another sure shot cramp cure. This spice is said to promote better circulation to the ovaries. Crush fennel seeds into a powder. Add to 1 cup boiling water, keep for five minutes, strain, and drink hot.
This is a cramp reliever, and as an added bonus it sometimes can make irregular periods regular. It can be added to the brew however, put 1/2 teaspoon in 1 cup boiling water, and drink three times a day.
Either peppermint or wintergreen can relieve cramps. Steep into a tea and drink a cup or two a day. Mint in a candy form can also be useful.
Add a tablespoon or two of powdered mustard to the brew and this definitely helps relieve the cramps.
Finally a word of friendly caution, please consult a Gynecologist if the symptoms do not come down in a few days.