Valerian: It is reported that Valerian herb (Valeriana officinalis) has been used for painful menstruation since the 10th century. Passion Flower: Passiflora incarnata or Passion Flower is another herb for painful menstruation, although it’s more popular for its calming and sedative-hypnotic effects. Hops: Humulus lupulus is an herb used for digestion and as a diuretic, too. It is likewise used to treat restlessness, nervousness, and impulsiveness. Reports say it also has analgesic effects.
Valerian, Passion Flower, and Hops are not your typical gamot sa dysmenorrhea, but reports say they also have antispasmodic effects that help relieve menstrual cramps⁴.
Interestingly, many teas and supplements that promote sleep contain all these three herbs.
Gamot sa Dysmenorrhea: Reminders
If you plan to take an over-the-counter medicine for dysmenorrhea, be sure to read about the drug first.
In case you have an underlying condition (pregnancy, heart disease, etc.), or are taking other medicines, talk to your doctor first before deciding on the drug. This step is essential to avoid interactions. Case in point: aspirin may interact with blood thinners, and some herbs may interact with many other drugs, including anti-depressants.
Finally, don’t forget that there are other home remedies for menstrual cramps. These include: