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Dismenorrhoea (painful periods)

Dysmenorrhoea can be initiated by an inadequate calcium and magnesium supply (which is needed to flex and squeeze the womb wall muscles in order for menstruation to begin). The womb can also be burdened with old toxic and stagnant discharge as a result of poor monthly flow due to poor circulation and/or because of inadequate womb peristalsis. The resulting congestion can cause tremendous pain. Often, once a womb has expanded to hold a baby and gone through the huge peristalsis waves needed for childbirth, this problem diminishes. Some women can experience dysmenorrhoea for the first time after childbirth, due to the huge drop in magnesium and calcium levels associated with pregnancy and breast-feeding. These levels need to be replenished. Occasionally, a uterus is positioned in a way that makes menstruation difficult. This can be looked into should all else fail, but the uterus is normally individually aligned and will change alignment throughout one’s life. Older women (30-35years old) may suddenly develop an aching abdomen, legs and thighs, which may be caused by a congestive build-up.

Symptoms include sweating, fever, nausea, fainting and intense physical pain caused by muscle spasms. Fibroids, endometriosis, hypothyroidism and other problems should also be considered and then professionally explored if simple treatments are failing to alleviate the problems.


  • You must increase calcium and magnesium intake: include seaweeds like wakame and hijike, both from the kelp family, to ensure that your physical and nutritional needs are met.
  • Make sure that iron and folic acid intake is adequate, as an insufficiency can cause leg cramps and twitching.

    Natural Healing

  • Practise deep breathing at all times, but spend a concentrated 20 minutes doing belly breathing in a warm bath with a few drops of rosemary essential oil to really let go and relax.
  • Exercise regularly to increase circulation and decrease congestion.
  • Use a slant board or put your feet up as high as you can against a wall.
  • Put a muslin cloth, which has been soaked in chamomile essential oil and sunflower oil over the abdomen underneath a hot water bottle.
  • Liver, kidney and colon cleanses will be vital.


  • Herbs to increase calcium and magnesium include pau d’arco bark, oatstraw, nettle leaves, white willow bark, boneset herb, crampbark and Irish moss. See also ‘The Green Stuff’ vitamin & mineral food concentrate.
  • Useful herbs for spasm, pain relief and hormone balance include agnus castus, false unicorn root, squaw vine, dong quai, cramp bark, blue cohosh, black cohosh, nettles, sarsaparilla, blessed thistle, lobelia.
  • If you suspect congestion and stagnation in the uterus, use dong quai root and cayenne pepper capsules for general circulation.
  • Use general hormone balancers like agnus castus berries and sarsaparilla herb, false unicorn root and blessed thistle.

    Herbal Formulae Suggestions

  • Monthly Balance Formula and Pre- Menstrual formula at appropriate times of the month.
  • Liver cleanse & Support Formula to cleanse and decongest the liver.
  • If necessary Kidney Cleanse Formula and Colon Cleansing herbs for further cleansing
  • Nettle and Raspberry Leaf Tea or Pau d’arco bark Tea or Ache Away Tea for pain relief.
  • Agnus castus Berries Tincture
  • Crampbark Tincture
  • ‘The Green Stuff’ Vitamin & Mineral Food Concentrate for all your nutritional needs in one daily dose.

    Dysmenorrhoea represents ‘Anger at the Self. Hatred of the body or of women.’
    Affirmation – ‘I love my body. I love myself. I love all my cycles. All is well’.

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