I tried this Ayurvedic remedy for menstrual cramps a while back and it worked like a charm. This remedy isn’t specific to any one dosha so it’s considered universal.  Roast one teaspoon of cumin seeds in an ungreased pan until they smell pungent (be careful not to burn them, it will only take a few minutes).  When cooled, chew them slowly and follow with one tablespoon of aloe vera juice.  That’s it, it’s that simple.


Cumin is a stimulant, antispasmodic, mildly antimicrobial, and carminitive (soothing to the gut wall, eases griping pains and reduces the production of gas in the digestive tract).  Cumin also stimulates agni (digestive fire). Cumin has a relaxing effect and its antispasmodic properties are useful for reducing menstrual cramps.

Aloe Vera juice is a wonderful tonic for the spleen, liver, blood and female reproductive system.  It helps to reduce Pitta. Make sure you get a good brand that’s meant for internal use- I use Lily of the desert whole leaf certified organic. Precaution: Do not use in pregnancy

The typical dose of Aloe Vera is 2 ounces in water once a day for the 10 days prior to your period. If your stools become loose, back off on the dose.

Of course, there are other reasons for menstrual cramps-diet, alignment, position of your uterus, etc.

I also find walking helps to reduce cramps.  Walking for uterine health.

Back pain with your menstrual cramps? This is my favorite Restorative Exercise™ for back menstrual pain.



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