Spice for Period Pain

A recent study has found that a common culinary spice was just as effective as conventional pain killers for dysmenorrhoea.


In a double-blind comparative clinical trial 150 women (18 years old and over) with primary dysmenorrhoea (period pain) were divided into three groups receiving either 250 mg capsules of ginger (four times daily), 250 mg mefenamic acid or 400 mg ibuprofen capsules from the start of their period. The researchers found that all treatments were effective and that there were no significant differences between groups in severity of dysmenorrhoea, pain relief or satisfaction with the treatment. The study authors concluded that “ginger was as effective as mefenamic acid and ibuprofen in relieving pain in women with primary dysmenorrhoea.” Nutri News Mar 09

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