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Inter. J. of Phytotherapy / Vol 5 / Issue 1 / 2015 / 33-36.

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NATURAL AND AYURVEDIC REMEDIES FOR ADOLESCENCE
DYSMENORRHEA
Anuradha D.
Assistant Professor & HOD, Dept of ATVA, DRBRKR GAC, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

ABSTRACT
Primary dysmenorrhea is common in adolescence; dysmenorrhea secondary to a cyst or inflammation or
other organic pathologic process is rare. During adolescence many girls find it difficult to assume, either
physiologically or psychologically, the new demands which the process of maturing into an adult female has put
upon them. It is therefore necessary to understand the endocrine and reproductive systems of this age group and also
their worries and conflicts. It is important to know that dysmenorrhea does not occur in the absence of ovulation and
that cramps can be evidence of underlying tension and worry. For most girls who have this complaint, a thorough
but thoughtful examination, reassurance, a careful explanation of the association between ovulation and
menstruation and a little attention to them, will suffice. Others who have the sort of worries and conflicts which
plague this age group should be given an opportunity to express their feelings and relieve their tension. In an
occasional adolescent, incapacitating menstrual cramps may be the somatic focus of a disorder which will require
psychiatric care. When both the physiologic and the psychologic characteristics of adolescents are kept in mind, the
physician can at least do much to insure these patients a more satisfactory adjustment to womanhood and perhaps
also to relieve their discomfort.

Key words: Dysmenorrhea, Adolescence, Treatment.

INTRODUCTION
Pathogenesis active, and vaginal examination is not normally required
It is thought to be due to a release of in this group of patients. Investigation of dysmenorrhoea
prostaglandins and leukotrienes in the menstrual fluid, is primarily aimed at ruling out underlying pathology and
which in turn produces vasoconstriction in the uterine may include any or all of the following as appropriate to
vessels, causing the uterine contractions which produce the individual.
the pain. The prostaglandin release may also be
responsible for gastrointestinal disturbance which may History
occur in association with dysmenorrhea [1-16]. Age at menarche, Cycle length, Whether the
cycle is regular, Duration of bleeding, Timing of pain in
Assessment relation to period, Smoking history, Whether the patient is
A presumptive diagnosis of primary sexually active, Contraceptive history, Any features
dysmenorrhoea may be made on history or abdominal suggestive of underlying pathology (eg vaginal discharge,
examination alone in young patients who are not sexually intermenstrual or postcoital bleeding, dyspareunia).

Corresponding Author:- Anuradha D Email: drardigumarthy@gmail.com

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Using asafetida gum fried in ghee and massage. Investigations Spinach. Thus it facilitates to the abdomen. stimulates menstruation. Abdominal and/or back menstruation.-Vaginal septum (rare). boil it in a cup of water. contributing to clary's Lifestyle changes . MRI scan.- Partially imperforate hymen (rare). Asoka (Saraca indica) Drink pineapple juice. time a stress use a few precious drops of jasmine oil to patients should therefore be informed of this relationship relieve uterine spasm and menstrual pain and bring a calm and assisted in any attempts to stop smoking. progesterone. Sprinkle cinnamon powder on food or correct irregular periods. so that the blood flow gets Bamboo acts as an emmenagogue which increased. Meditation and yoga are techniques useful to relieve the The uterus may be fixed or retroverted due to adhesions. A decoction of the herb can Dysmenorrhea. Blackberry. an estrogen-like chemical.longitudinal studies have looked at effectiveness in treating amenorrhea. leaves. The plant has a day.the uterus may be Fresh green vegetables. Filter it make the flow reduced. Its leaves are prescribed for this purpose. Warmth the female hormone. which in turn can relax the muscles. Yogurt. help reduce menstrual cramps. Examination Omega 3 fatty acids are also useful to reduce menstrual Abdominal/vaginal examinations are indicated if cramps. symptoms of Dysmenorrhea. J. Magnesium is useful to relieve menstrual cramps. Pineapple contains bromelain The bark of the asoka tree is given to women which is known for its muscle relaxant properties.if sexually active. Hence it bamboo is prescribed to promote and regulate the helps to relieve menstrual cramps. month can reduce the pains during menstruation and also Take a piece of ginger.generalised tenderness in the pelvic area. filter it and drink this water twice a day. Vaginal examination . mixed with goat’s milk and a spoonful of honey for a Herbal teas like – Mint. Sources – Nuts. A warm bath. specially cabbage and spinach. Take 17 to 18 Basil menstrual flow. Bloodwort (Achillea millefolium) The hot infusion of leaves of the bloodwort is Cinnamon is also useful to relieve pain of taken as an emmenagogue. clarity to mind. Ginger increases the flow of blood to pelvis and present. Transvaginal ultrasound. High Whatever your favorite herb or tea. enlarged and tender with a typical 'boggy' feel. Cervical smear. of Phytotherapy / Vol 5 / Issue 1 / 2015 / 33-36. Inter. Ginger has an antispasmodic action that relaxes the smooth muscles that cause menstrual cramps. when appropriate. Green leafy vegetable and whole grains.if uterine enlargement or adnexal mass is effect. Patients may be concerned about the possibility of underlying pathology and. Endometriosis . camomile or mint. Lying in the supine position etc. Self-help techniques Useful some Ayurvedic Herbs Anecdotally. try adding a teaspoon vaginal swab. boil in water. Management Do not use ginger. sclareol. raw carrots and in the reproductive tract. however if you are experiencing heavy General measures bleeding as it will make it worse.regular. nodules may be palpable in the uterosacral ligaments. chlamydial swabs. intake of Bamboo (Bambusa bambos) a warm drink is helpful. broccoli. and pain risk factors for dysmenorrhoea and have found a clear with menstruation. cod liver oil. adominal pain. The herb also yields an oil while taking tea. When one feels congestion in the pelvic region. Aromatherapy can be very effective against menstrual reassurance and an explanation of the mechanism of pain and cramps. Laparoscopy helps relieve blockages that can cause cramps and and Laparotomy with biopsy. who experience extreme blood loss during menstruation Carrot and Beet root juice is advisable 2 to 3 times a due to leucorrhea or uterine fibroids. Peas. many women find the following Asafetida (Ferula fetida) measures to be helpful in relieving the symptoms of Asafetida is known to increase the secretion of dysmenorrhoea: Tea . Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)oil contains menstrual pain may be helpful. Pelvic of freshly grated ginger to enhance both flavor and ultrasound . Sources – Flax seed oil. and Chamomile. As a special treat to yourself during a association between smoking and dysmenorrhoea. cramps. sexually active: Adenomyosis . ~ 34 ~ . stimulating effect on the uterine wall and the mucus layer Take dietary fiber via Orange pulp. and drink it once a day or one can increase the amount of ginger in cooking. Regular consumption of the leaves of the Basil contains pain killing active compounds.

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