When it comes to dealing with painful period or dysmenorrhea, many women often use over-the-counter medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Unfortunately, some failed to find relief from this approach – especially when experiencing severe cramping and discomfort during periods (1).
At present many of us want to look for an alternative or complementary treatments to address this problem. Results of a study showed that fennel may be helpful when it come to this health issue.
Fennel is an aromatic plant which is used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Both its seeds and oil are used in making medicine.
According to clinical trials, fennel tea contains compounds which have estrogen-like qualities that maybe useful in managing painful periods, regulating hormones, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, and PCOS (2).
In a 2002 study, girls suffering from menstrual pain had reported major improvement in the condition after having taken fennel extract (3).
Furthermore, an experiment participated by 60 girls with complaints of dysmenorrhea also showed promising results. The girls were divided into two groups. In the study group a capsule of 30 mg fennel extract, four times a day for three days from start of their menstrual period and in placebo a capsule containing wheat flour in same dose was administered. At the end of the study, the fennel group shown more effective results than placebo in pain relief. Researchers speculate that fennel can be an effective herbal drug for menstrual pain (4).
There were studies suggesting that menstrual pain may be caused by excessive contraction of the uterine muscles that leads to blood reduction. When it comes to this, fennel works by relaxing these muscles thus healing the symptoms (5).
Steps In Making Fennel Tea
Fill the kettle with 1 cup water and let it boil vigorously. Place 1 ½ teaspoon of crushed fennel seed in a teapot and pour the boiled water. Cover the pot and let the tea steep until you get the required flavour. Strain it into a teacup and sip it slowly. It can be sweetened with honey or give it a minty flavour.
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