Apart from the many other benefits that it has (better sleep, digestion and mood) acupuncture is also known to regulate blood flow and relax the nervous system which in turn helps calm those muscular contractions and relieves menstrual pain.
Contrary to what popular wisdom might have you think, exercise is great for your period. We understand that any physical activity might seem like a gargantuan task when you’re on your period but most kinds of exercises are said to ease the pain—among them are walking, running (the endorphins released during a run combat the pain), yoga and even dancing.
Use a heating pad
One trusted way of dealing with muscle spasms is the hot water bag.
A heating pad or hot water bottle is a simple yet affective way to relax those contracting muscles. Your cramps are caused by the constant contracting of your pelvic organs. The heat relaxes those muscles to provide some comfort.
Smelling it or applying lavender oil around your lower abdomen is known to work by reducing contractions that cause this pain. Furthermore, the sweet smell at lavender which in itself has soothing properties on the mind makes lavender oil a cheap and effective solution.
Consuming Aloe Vera gel
Consuming aloe vera gel with honey is also known to work wonders on menstrual cramps. It is said to ease the flow of blood and an easy flow implies lesser cramping and lesser pains.
Consuming apple cider vinegar
The potassium and calcium content in apple cider vinegar regulates blood flow, prevents anemia and thus relieves the cramped muscles. A spoonful of apple cider vinegar with a hot cup of water is known to have multiple health benefits.
Watch your diet
Cut down on the intake of caffeine, dairy and alcohol as they can cause bloating and can aggravate cramping.