Sambong Leaves Tea for Menstrual Cramps

First of all, I would like to say that this is not a paid or sponsored post. I am doing this for personal reasons. I am in search of a remedy to ease my menstrual pain. For the last few months, I have noticed that my periods are getting painful. I am planning to see an OB- GYN next year to have myself checked. But I need to be well rested when I start to see one. I thought I will be relaxing this Christmas, but in reality I can’t. There’s just so much to do, and it’s so hectic that I need to just unwind after all this is through.

I know I should not be relying on Ibuprofen to ease the pain, but it can’t be helped. My menstrual pain feels like the left side of my pelvis being pricked with something sharp, then a dull and heaviness felt afterwards. Sometimes, I can feel my uterus contracting and it’s just so painful. I can’t sleep at night when this happens too. Aside from that, I am also craving for something sweet like cookies, and hot chocolate drink.

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I have been trying to look for alternatives aside from Ibuprofen to ease my menstrual cramps. The following remedies helped like: warm compress, and eating a healthy diet. My family is starting to eat more fish, and brown and black rice. We get fish delivered to our house because there’s this couple who sells fresh fish on a daily basis.

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My mother suggested that I take Sambong tea from ABS Herbs Company. I did further research on Sambong and I found from an article by Dr. Haider called “13 Health Benefits of Sambong.” and he mentioned that it’s  in” helping in PMS”. With that in mind, I said to myself, ” Why not give it a try?”

Generally, Sambong tea is recommended for those with kidney concerns. It also has antioxidant properties. However, please consult a doctor especially if you’re having any illness whatsoever.  I won’t suggest Sambong tea for pregnant and breastfeeding women. For further information about ABS Herbs Sambong Tea, feel free to visit the online store and  ABS Herbs official website. 

I am having my period now, the second day to be exact, and it’s at this point when I feel the cramping the most. Aside from the cramping, I am having a slight headache too. After following directions from the label of ABS Herbs Sambong Tea, I drank it. There’s no bad aftertaste or anything. But I did notice a decrease in pelvic cramping afterwards. The headache slightly decreased too. I did not experience any adverse reaction to the tea because it says from the website medicalhealthguide.com that it may bring about an unwanted effect to people allergic to ragweed and its counterparts. Since this tea has a diuretic effect, it reminds the users to take 8 to 10 glasses of water.  I think I will continue to use this even when I am not having my period. I want to take advantage of the fact that sambong leaves have the antioxidant effect.

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Source:

Photo of Sambong leaves from Pinterest

Sambong Blumea balsamifera Herbal Tea from medicalhealthguide.com

13 Health Benefits of Sambong by Dr. Paul Haider

Photo of ABS Herbs Sambong tea

 

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Sunday and the Menstrual Blues

 

Hi everyone.  Hope you’re doing well.  Just an FYI, I am currently blogging Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. But due to some changes in my schedule, I have opted to write instead on a Sunday beginning today. My Saturdays are fully booked with activities so I have limited time to blog.

My Sunday right now is not so okay because of my painful menstruation. Prior to this, I was feeling cranky a few days earlier so forgive me for that. Every woman has this scheduled “monthly visitor” coming on a regular basis. It’s also called the red days. It’s best to prepare for this in advance. Lucky are those women whose periods are not painful. Some of my married women friends say that the pain diminishes when they got married to their husbands. I have yet to see that. But I know that they meant well.

Here in the Philippines, pads are the popular choice though tampons, the menstrual cup, and the washable pads are available already. Currently I am using this one by Charmee Feminine Pads Cottony. How I wish this pad was longer and a bit thick. I  usually get  three to four packs of these monthly and used two pads. One pack costs approximately 25 Philippine Pesos, but it may be even priced slightly higher. Aside from Charmee, I am also using Sofy and Jeunesse Anion pad.

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For painful episodes, I am taking Medicol Advance Ibuprofen in 400 mg usually only when needed.

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However, Buscopan has a new line called Buscopan Venus made specifically for dysmenorrhea. I bought only one because I haven’t tried it yet. Buscopan Venus so I only got one. It’s a bit expensive, and costs 29 Philippines Pesos per tab. On the other hand, the Medicol Advance Ibuprofen 400 mg only costs 10.50 Philippines Pesos. I will give my feedback about Buscopan Venus on next week’s blog post.

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I also plot down the dates I had my period in the Menstrual Calendar portion of my Belle de Jour Power Planner. It’s very important to track this information so that when you visit your OB- GYN, you can show the calendar to the doctor. There are also apps for your smart phone that can help you track your period. The one I am currently using is Period Diary. It’s available for Android and iOS platforms. I posted the links below. Click on the underlined words of Android or iOs:

Period Diary Android

Period Diary iOS

 

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Hope you can share with me what are some preparations you do before your menstruation arrives. Hope you’re all having a great day. Have a happy Sunday everyone!