remedies for dysmenorrhoea

Dysmenorrhoea is pain during menstruation usually in the abdomen and the pelvic region. Sometimes it may be accompanied with excessive bleeding and vaginal discahrge and in some cases may be the usual flow. As difficult as this may be, these natural remedies for dysmenorrhoea soothe the muscles and can make you feel much better.

Natural remedies for dysmenorrhoea

Pain during menstruation is unbearable for many and natural remedies can help to alleviate the pain. All of these remedies are simple to follow and have no side effects. These remedies can be followed by women across ages. The first fenugreek seed remedy also works for simple stomach ache.

Fenugreek seeds

Method 1:

  1. Soak fenugreek seeds in water for around 3 – 4 hours.
  2. Drink the water and chew on the soaked seeds. If you are not comfortable with the bitter taste, you can also swallow the seeds.

Method 2:

  1. Take a tall glass of buttermilk.
  2. Add some chopped cilantro (coriander) leaves to the buttermilk.
  3. Take one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds and swallow them using buttermilk.
  4. Drink the remaining buttermilk.

This provides instant relief from cramps and pain.


Collage von Gewuerzen isoliert auf weissem Hintergrund / collage of spices isolated on white background
Collage von Gewuerzen isoliert auf weissem Hintergrund / collage of spices isolated on white background

Sesame oil

Sesame or gingely oil that is made from sesame seeds has properties that can cool your body and can provide relief from abdomiinal pain. In ayurveda and in Indian cooking, this oil finds a special mention for its ability to heal and cure many ailments.

Drink half a tablespoon of sesame oil in its raw form.

Some might feel nauseous and for those, it is better to skip this remedy. But most often this remedy agrees with everyone.


Aloe juice

Aloe vera is a plant that must be a part of every kitchen garden. This plant has a variety of benefits that are hard to ignore. The plant can grow even in harsh conditions and needs very little maintenance.


  1. Take some fresh aloe vera gel.
  2. Blend the gel along with water and two teaspoons of lemon juice.
  3. Add a teaspoon honey to the juice and stir.
  4. Drink this for relief from pain.

This remedy is not suitable for those suffering from common cold or have a sinusits condition since aloe vera may aggravate it for some.

Parsley tea


  1. In a vessel, boil two cups of water.
  2. Add a bunch of chopped parsley leaves to the boiling water.
  3. Allow it to boil well for a few more minutes.
  4. Once you feel the leaves have boiled well in the water, switch off.
  5. Strain well to get the extract.
  6. Add a teaspoon of honey, stir and drink.

You can drink this tea twice a day.


Fig remedy

Use dried figs for this remedy.


  1. Soak 2 dried figs in honey overnight.
  2. Eat the soaked figs the next morning.

This remedy is a good source of iron for the body and also reduces pain during periods.

Dried figs

Cold towel pack


  1. Dip a towel in ice cold water.
  2. Lie flat on your stomach.
  3. Place the ice dipped towel on your stomach for five to ten minutes.

This does not cure the problem but in case of severe pain, it provides soothing relief.

Cucumber juice

Cucumber is an excellent coolant and can bring down the body heat well. Buy good cucumbers which aren’t bitter – the ones which are smaller and thinner usually taste better.


  1. Wash and peel one cucumber.
  2. Blend along with fresh cumin seeds and a pinch of salt.
  3. Strain well to get the extract.
  4. Add a lot of water to the strained juice and drink.

You can drink this in the morning on an empty stomach. If you are using refrigerated cucumbers, leave it outside for a while to bring it to room temperature. You do not want to sneezing with a pain to fight!


If you are not able to get cucumber, you could go for watermelon instead which will give you similar results.

Ginger tea


  1. Wash and peel a one inch ginger piece.
  2. Cut the ginger into thin slices.
  3. Boil water in a vessel.
  4. Add the ginger slices to the boiling water and allow it to boil for another five minutes.
  5. Switch off and allow the ginger to steep in a bit longer.
  6. When warm, squeeze a lemon, add a drop of honey and drink.

Ginger tea

Other tips

You need energy to handle the pain and the bleeding. Foods rich in vitamin B1 help by giving you lot of the required energy. Eat foods rich in vitamin B1 such as cereals, rice, sunflower seeds, fish and nuts.

Drinking lot of water not only helps you to be hydrated, but it also helps to reduce abdominal pain to a alrge extent. Water has properties that soothe and calm the system and therby helps to reduce pain. Water can also reduce the body heat and can keep you cool. Aloe water can also be consumed to cool the water.

Mild exercise is good to keep the muscles flexible and can give you some relief. Do mild stretching, back and abdominal exercises. If you have the daily habit of walking or jogging or any other fitness regime, you can follow that during these days as well, but it is advisable to reduce the intensity.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.