9 Non-Medicinal Ways to Cure Cramps

Relieve menstrual discomfort and pain when dealing with your period.

9 Non-Medicinal Ways to Cure Cramps

Primary menstural cramps occur when prostaglandin, a hormone-like chemical in the body causes contractions that cut off the oxygen supply to muscle tissues.

Secondary menstrual cramps are cramps that are a change from the normal periods a woman has had her whole life. These could be a sign of something more serious (such as infections, endometriosis, or scarring) and warrant a visit to your doctor.


Instead of relying on over-the-counter medications for relief, try these alternative ways to cure your cramps. For more lifestyle tips and solutions for your health concerns, download the official Dr. Oz app!

Watch: Understanding Menstrual Cramps

Apply Heat

Use a heating pad, hot water bottle, or heat patch on your lower abdomen to improve blood flow and ease menstrual cramps. Some people found that using these methods were just as effective as using over-the-counter medicines containing ibuprofen.

Watch: Natural Pain Killers That Work

How to Safely Make Lifestyle Changes With Type 2 Diabetes

Gain control of your disease while still protecting your heart

If you're overweight or obese and have type 2 diabetes, a new study reveals how to make lifestyle changes that will help you safely gain control of your disease and still protect your heart.

Researchers published a study in Diabetes Care that took a second — and more in-depth — look at data from the NIH's Look AHEAD study. They found that for 85% of people in that study, lifestyle interventions that triggered weight loss and increased physical activity reduced potential cardiovascular problems. Such lifestyle interventions also help reduce the risks for diabetes, dementia and some cancers and strengthen the immune system.

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