Dysmenorrhea, heavy menstrual periods, menstrual pain and painful periods.
Cyclical pain associated with menstruation. Primary dysmenorrhea, which appears in adolescence and tapers off or disappears by one's first pregnancy, is often due to nutritional factors or the liver's ability to efficiently eliminate estrogen. Dysmenorrhea is often linked to endometriosis, in which tissue from the uterine lining appears outside its normal location.
From a naturopathic perspective, dysmenorrhea is generally caused by a hormone imbalance, which can be treated by improving detoxification or supporting the body through nutrients that promote hormone balance.
Avoid soy and soy by-products. Eliminate simple sugars and processed foods. Avoid too many stimulants, such as caffeine. Do not drink more than 200 ml of coffee per day. Be sure to eat protein at every meal. Make sure your lunch and dinner consist of 50% to 60% vegetables. Opt for vegetables from the cabbage family (e.g. cauliflower, Chinese cabbage and Brussels sprouts) and their by-products, such as sauerkraut.
- DC 22 or DC 37
- DC 24
- DC 15
- DC 35
- Detoxification (use DC 26 & DC 13 together)