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

Try Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an old Chinese healing practice where thin needles are inserted through the skin. This form of therapy may regulate the flow of vital energy throughout the body. Some studies suggest that acupuncture may help with menstrual pains by regulating blood flow. Consult a certified acupuncturist and your doctor to discuss if this treatment option might be right for you.

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Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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