First I will start out with a deffinition, since not everyone is familiar with this disorder – but I think that every female should educate themselves on since it is closely related to the regular cramps they get every month.

Dysmenorrhea is painful menstruation and is the most common of all gynecologic complaints, and the leading cause of absenteeism of women from work, school, and other activities. More than one in every two women suffer from it each month, and about one in four are so badly affected that they have to take time off work or school.

Painful menstruation occurs with considerable frequency, particularly among adolescent females. Pain usually begins with, or just slightly before, the onset of the menstrual flow and lasts for periods of up to two days, seldom longer. This condition is associated with an increased production and concentration of prostaglandin ( an active principle obtained from the prostate gland and seminal vesicles; it is a pressor [increasing the activity of a function] a vasodilator [causing dilation of blood vessels] and stimulant to the intestinal and uterine muscles) in the endometrium ( the mucous membrane that lines the cavity of the uterus ) during the luteal and menstrual phases of the cycle. This results in hypercontractility of uterine muscle during a painful and difficult menstruation.

As with insomnia, there is actually an herbal medication (filled with Chinese herbs, mind you (that's a good thing btw)) that is available that helps to sooth this intense cramping called Jagulana F – or really the Chinese name of: Jiaogulan. Here's a small description of it and what it does:

Jagulana F is a totally herbal formula which was developed to provide a natural and effective means to assist with hormone balance in women. Jagulana F supports the female hormonal system while helping regulate body functions and reduce the effects of physical and psychological stresses. Jagulana F is recommended particularly for women who would like support for their hormonal balance. This includes help with maintaining positive mood levels before periods are due. The formulation: Jagulana F contains the extract of Wild Yam and Dong Quai, which have traditionally been used to help normalise and support menstruation. Jiaogulan and Dan Shen are adaptogens and help regulate body functions and promote a state of balance, and assist the body to cope with stress. They also have antioxidant effects and support cardiovascular function by assisting circulation and helping to maintain blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

You can purchase this product here

As usual, a regularly taken medication is simply a temporary fix – you should never accept that you have to take a form of medication (herbal or synthetic) for the rest of your life. I don't care what your doctor says, or what the the American Medical Association says – I know more than they do because I don't take bribes from Rx drug companies. Another thing that your doctor doesn't realise is that your menstruation should never be painful, and should never involve mood swings. Any "disease" that we have is simply the result of our diet and environment interacting with our body. It's dubbed "incurable" because the diet doesn't change and neither does the environment. If I were to go outside every day and eat tar, it would start to poison me. So I could go to the hospital, get cleaned up, shell out $10,000 and then I can go back outside and eat more tar and the cycle continues. Mike Adams described it really well in his article The Cure Con (link):

Think of it this way: if I told you to go run up a hill, you'd get to the top of that hill and you'd be breathing hard. Your face might be flushed. Your respiration would be rapid. Your heart rate would be high. It wouldn't be too difficult for me to find a doctor that might diagnose these symptoms as a "disease." We could even give it a name: Hyper-Respiratory Illness or HRI. And then we could easily get a drug company to come up with a drug to mask the symptoms of HRI — a chemical that would forcibly slow your heart and slow your breathing.

That drug company could claim to be doing "research" for HRI, and they could even sponsor a fundraising run to "find the cure for Hyper-Respiratory Illness." But none of this makes HRI a real disease. It isn't a disease, it's a result. It's the result of running up a hill.

Are you understanding my point? Never, ever accept that there is nothing that you can do to fix a medical problem. Is it bad to take these herbal remedies as if they are Rx drugs (ie – each day till you die)? Most likely not, but in the end it's killing your wallet. If you don't have the money to go to an Acupuncturist, or a Holistic Doctor – then it's ok to rely on these natural cures even if you have to depend on them for a while.

A good example of these environmental problems I am talking about can be found in an article by Mountain Rose Herbs:

TOXIC TAMPONS – IS CONVENIENCE WORTH THE RISK?

The issue of toxic tampons is not an old one and to our frightened dismay we have found that a large percentage of the general populous have forgotten the dangers involved with using mass marketed commercial tampons.

The hazards associated with these personal hygiene products, is neither benign nor hidden. It is quite obvious the perils women are faced with when forced to choose the toxic variety tampon. This is usually the result of mis-information, lack of viable sources, or just plain ignorance. Commercial tampons which have been whitened with Chlorine dioxide, generate harmful dioxins that are not only unhealthy in low level amounts from direct exposure they can also be catastrophically alarming when put into the body. Even low-level exposure of toxic dioxins can result in numerous cancers, reproductive debilitations, immune system breakdown, and skin lesions. One must also take into account that most commercial tampons are manufactured with mass produced rayon mixed with cotton blends. These synthetics can amplify breeding conditions for several known bacteria and have reportedly triggered allergic reactions in women. Another known carcinogen found in commercial tampons that is not often discussed is synthetic fragrance. While it appears to be a rather innocuous ingredient, it can silently pack a punch! Chemical perfume ingredients may cause rashes, minor sores, discomfort, and increased bleeding. While all of this is disheartening, fear not. There are several alternatives and methods for assisting women during that time of the month. The safer alternatives are described below with some helpful links.

Choose wise…choose safe…choose natural.

Use tampons that are certified organic or made with untreated 100% cotton.

Avoid chlorine-whitened tampons; stick with the natural choice and demand oxygen or hydrogen peroxide bleached tampons.

A great alterative is a natural or organic fiber reusable menstrual pad. They are very economical, washable, and last for years.

Steer clear of scented tampons or toiletries. You can almost be guaranteed they are scented with synthetic and often petroleum based chemical fragrances.

It is preferable that tampons come packaged in natural paper board and not polyethylene.

Now think about this. Would you take some chlorine or bleach and rub it against (or inside!) your vagina? Would you want cloth that has been soaked in this stuff to do the same? Of course not! But many do not realise that this is exactly what they have been doing every month for years now. The article mentioned Organic Tampons – you can actually purchase some from this store. If you would like to look around some more, just google for " organic tampons".

To be honest, it's tough researching this issue – it seems that most of its treatment relies upon professional treatment from an Acupuncturist (certified in Traditional Chinese Medicine – so a Medical Acupuncturist is not good enough), (Holistic) Nutritionist, and/or a Holistic/Naturopathic Doctor. Thankfully though, the great folks at What Really Works put together a great guide for nutritional and dietary information that will aide in the self-curing of this painful disease:

Females who suffer from cramping have been shown to produce greater levels of prostaglandins – the hormones secreted by the uterine lining – and this can be exacerbated by a diet that is rich in saturated fats from meat and dairy products. Many teens report massive relief when these foods are eliminated from the diet, along with high sugar and highly processed foods. Period pains will be made worse by any underlying digestive disorder, especially constipation, so a high fibre diet and a good quality probiotic will also help.

Evening primrose oil is rich in Gamma-Linoleic Acids (GLA) an anti-inflammatory prostaglandin that can counter the inflammatory hormones causing pain. Your daughter should take a supplement providing the equivalent of 250mg of GLA a day for three months and monitor the relief.

Nutritionists recommend Niacin (vitamin B3), which triggers a dilation of the blood vessels to improve blood flow to the contracting uterus. Give your daughter 50-100mg every day for five days only, starting with the first period pains. Niacin can cause flushing so look for a non-flushing form. (If flushing does occur, do not panic. It will pass after about 10 minutes). Vitamin B6 is important too. All the B vitamins work best when taken together so invest in a good vitamin B complex. A medium-sized banana provides a quarter of the amount of the daily dose of vitamin B6 most females need. The contraceptive pill increases the body's demand for this nutrient.

Underlying blood-sugar imbalances are exacerbated by pre-menstrual tension and will be made worse by yo-yo dieting and junk foods. To maintain even blood sugar levels, persuade your daughter to eat foods from the lower ranks of the GI Index, particularly during menstruation.

Hidden Candida (yeast) infections are also highly implicated in PMT and period pains and may be a root cause if your daughter has taken antibiotics in the past.

In their article, it is mentioned that all the B vitamins should be taken together, and you should purchase a B-Complex vitamin suppliment. While this is a good suggestion, I want to add that you shouldn't buy just any set of B-Complex vitamins from your grocery store shelf. These are produced by profiteering companies and like with unorganic foods – you aren't getting all the nutrition you should. I would reccomend searching for a B-Complex vitamin that is produced from a nature-loving, pro-organic company. Based upon some research I did, I would reccomend a product like New Chapter Vitamin B Complex, which you can purchase very cheap (as of this writing, based upon a Froogle search) at Whole Sale Herbs.com. However, something I would reccomend over a B-Complex vitamin is Chlorella! Chlorella is a micro-algae super-food that is:

Known as the "King of Alkaline forming foods." Chlorella has the highest source of chlorophyll, 60% protein, a complete balanced source of minerals and trace minerals. It contains all the B vitamins, vitamin, C, E and beta-carotene. Chlorella removes poisonous carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and has been around for more than two billion years.
(Josh's note: It is also proven to reverse Cancer!)

If you would like to learn more about this holy-herb, you can pick up a copy of Mike Adam's free e-book entitled: Super Foods For Maximum Health: Chlorella And Spirulina at his website Chlorella Factor. To purchase Chlorella, I would reccomend a company often mentioned by Mike Adams: Jenny Lee Naturals . On Mike's A-List he describes this superb chlorella:

kosher-certified, open cell wall chlorella sourced from Japan. They have chlorella capsules and chlorella powder. This is where I buy my chlorella and spirulina. I've been recommending them for over a year and still haven't found a better price on quality chlorella.
(Josh's note: Here is a direct link for the Chlorella capsules)

Chlorella is something that you should be intaking every day, honestly. Read the e-book and find out why!

On a final note, there are many other things you can do by yourself such as make herbal teas, aromatherapy, and more. Of course, you will need to find and purchase your own seperate herbs for this, but for those that wish to take this further route, you can read a very conclusive article by Peaceful Mind that deals entirely with this subject.

Well, this is the most conclusive and depthful research I have done so far, really. This was a tough one to find information on, but with patience I was able to find some nice resources on this – and I am always more than willing to help you with all of this. Dysmenorrhea is not something you should have to deal with, ever.

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