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Home Remedies For Cramping

Home Remedies For Cramping

  1.  Drink plenty of fluids and oral re-hydration solutions as electrolyte loss  and dehydrationare the most common causes of muscle cramps. Drinking liquids like caffeinated drinks or alcoholic drinks does not constitute towards your fluid intake as these are diuretics and will actually have the opposite effect on your system.
  2. Stretching your muscles gently with light exercise like riding a stationary bicycle for a few minutes before going to bed can help loosen up and strengthen the muscles. This would greatly limit the occurrence or severity of night leg cramps.
  1. Anise-Pimpinella anisum
  • An important infant and child remedy for colic and general cramping.
  • Antispasmodic and carminative, eases nausea, indigestion, bloating.
  • Safe, gentle, tasty; can work via the breast milk. Improves appetite.
  1. Caraway-Carum carvi
  • Similar to fennel and anise, relieves intestinal colic or cramps associated with gas,
  • bloating, digestive upset, nausea and indigestion.
  • Gentle enough for children, also good for menstrual cramping.
  1. Catnip-Nepeta cataria
  • Relieves intestinal spasm and gas, diarrhea; mild relaxing effect.
  • Relieves upset stomach, indigestion. Safe in children and the elderly.
  • Is especially effective for intestinal or gastric upset of a nervous origin.
  • Gentle and calming; sedates anxiety, reduces fever, eases headaches.
  1. Multi-vitamin and mineral supplements may help, but should only be taken after consulting with a nutritionist or doctor for the appropriate dosage. Calcium, potassium,and magnesium deficiencies are often the cause for night leg cramps.
  1. Chamomile-Matricaria recutita
  • Effective antispasmodic and colic remedy, soothes indigestion; anti- inflammatory and Encyclopedia of Home remedies for better life Author: Dr Izharul Hasan Page 119 antiseptic. Calms irritability, restlessness, insomnia.
  • Antidotes effects on nursing child of coffee or drug use by mother.
  1. Cramp Bark-Viburnum opulus
  • Stronger antispasmodic than black haw; relieves painful cramping in abdomen, stomach, uterus or bladder. Relieves back pain, neuralgia.
  • Effective for menstrual cramps, false labor pains. Helps with leg cramps.
  1. Dill-Anethum graveolens
  • Relieves intestinal spasms, cramps, infantile colic and indigestion.
  • Dispels gas and calms and improves the digestion; antibacterial action.
  • Increases breast milk, which carries antispasmodic effects to the infant.
  1. Fennel-Foeniculum vulgare
  • Stimulates digestion, relieves colic, flatulence, bloating and distension.
  • Like anise and caraway, also used in coughs, as an antispasmodic and expectorant. Increases breast milk; has a reputation as a longevity herb.
  1. Kava Kava-Piper methysticum
  • Muscle relaxant and antispasmodic for internal organs and muscle tension. Sedative pain and cramp reliever, reduces sensitivity to pain.
  • Strongly reduces anxiety, relieves sleeplessness, is a mild antiseptic.
  1. Lemon Balm-Melissa officinalis
  • Eases cramps and spasms, gas and bloating, indigestion and colic pains, gastric acidity.Useful for problems related to stress and anxiety.
  • A good children’s herb; soothes anxiety, irritability, restlessness.
  1. Licorice-Glycyrrhiza glabra
  • Demulcent and anti-inflammatory, decreases the spasms of gastritis or intestinal distress, relieves stomach ulcers and body’s stress response.
  • Mild laxative, assists in the body’s clearing of poorly digested foods.
  1. Peppermint-Mentha piperta
  • Digestive antispasmodic; relieves colic, spasm, spastic constipation.
  • Carminative, dispels gas and distention, with pain-relieving action.
  • Stomachic, improves digestion, stimulates secretions and bile output.
  1. Valerian-Valeriana officinalis
  • A sedative and antispasmodic, relaxing intestinal cramps, muscle tension. Relieves spasms and pain related to anxiety and emotional upset.
  • For cramps with diarrhea, or after eating. Promotes restful sleep.
  1. Wild Yam-Dioscorea villosa
  • Important antispasmodic for cramps in any hollow organ; intestines, stomach or gall bladder spasm. For colic that is relieved by stretching.
  • Helps with gas and flatulence, belching, indigestion, upset from tea.
  1. Yarrow-Achillea millefolium
  • A digestive antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.
  • For cramping pains or stomachache, distension, or gas pain.
  • A sedative and tranquilizing herb that promotes tissue healing.