Sometimes a bad case of abdominal cramps can seem like the worst situation in the world for men and women alike. Whether you are suffering from indigestion, diarrhea, pregnancy aches, constipation or menstrual cramps during your period in the early morning or at night, their resulted symptoms can cause mild to severe pain and a highly uncomfortable experience.
What Causes Abdominal Pain?
Abdominal pain has many potential causes and is not entirely understood in some cases. More sudden symptom onset could suggests an organ condition that should be addressed by a medical professional.
In general, abdominal pain is brought about by a few specific conditions:
- Digestive issues that cause bloating or burning sensations in your intestines such as irritable bowel syndrome can make your abdominal section ache.
- Distended (out of place or stretched) organs can lead to painful complications in your abdominal area as well.
- Low or impeded blood flow to an organ in the area can cause abdominal pain, as can general inflammation of an organ in your stomach region.
While the causes of left / right side, upper or lower abdominal cramps are multiple, most forms of common treatment point to one or two sources of medication bought from a drugstore. For seriously painful cases of abdominal muscle cramps or lower back pain you should always consult your doctor (like constant intercourse pain during sex), but most of the time you can opt for natural medicine to get rid of abdominal cramping symptoms.
There are numerous ingredients that you can find in your own home or that you can purchase from a local store to alleviate even the most severe abdominal cramps. Just by eating certain foods you can say good bye to gas, running muscle cramps, nausea, bloating, ovulation pain, hurtful bowel movement, abdominal cramps during pregnancy and more. How, you ask? We are more than happy to share the amazing tips and tricks with you, through these 12 home remedies for abdominal cramps. Before you run out to the pharmacy, stop and check out our recommendations below and, after you read this article, you can also take a look at our list of super foods for improving digestion for extra support.
1. Hot Water
One of the oldest tricks in the book for putting a stop to lower abdominal cramping is simply by using a hot compress. What you have to do is take a bottle or compress and fill it up with hot water (just make sure it is not too hot and your skin can stand it) and curl up in your bed or on the couch with it pressed on your stomach. Another heat-based alternative for low abdominal cramping relief is to take a heating pad and keep it close to your tummy. There really is nothing more to it than that and you will be pleased to feel your pain going away in no time.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Severe abdominal cramping can also be treated with the help of apple cider vinegar. It works by helping out your digestive system and alleviating symptoms like bloating or gas. Take one glass of lukewarm water and add 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar. Mix it well and drink it while the water is still warm. If the taste is too much, you can always add an extra tablespoon of organic honey to help drink it up. You should repeat this remedy one time every couple of hours and you will soon see any lower or upper abdominal cramps disappear.
If you want to get rid of low abdominal cramping and ease digestion, sometimes gnawing on fennel seeds does the trick. Before we get into details, we want to clearly state that this home remedy is not recommended for pregnant woman. If you are not carrying a baby, you can take one teaspoon of fennel seeds and chew them after you eat dinner. You also have the option of taking fennel supplements, but really the easiest way to get rid of a cramp is by munching on raw fennel.
4. Baking Soda
Abdominal cramps can be tamed with the help of a simple household ingredient: baking soda. This is a wonderful alternative to going out and buying some commercial antacid. Not only will it save you a trip to the store, but it is also a perfectly safe and healthy way to get rid of abdominal cramps. You should get one or two teaspoons of baking soda and mix them in a small glass of water (make sure it’s warm). Drink up and see how your pain floats away!
Among roots that are reliable for making your tummy feel better, ginger deserves a good place on the podium. This home remedy works by easing the digestion process and, as a result, making the pain in your abdomen go away. You can brew a pot of fresh ginger tea to make the most of its anti-inflammatory properties. If you cannot find any sources for fresh ginger in your area, you can always buy some ginger tea or even some ginger supplements if you are not fond of the slightly spicy taste.
6. Aloe Vera
We all know by now that aloe vera is amazing for treating all sorts of conditions and illnesses. The good news for us is that this plant is equally potent for treating abdominal cramps. The juice of Mother Nature’s wonder woman plant can help calm down the pain you experience and aid your digestion. All you have to do is drink some aloe vera juice, by either buying it directly or by making it yourself by using the gel extract from aloe vera leaves. This home remedy is particularly recommended for those suffering from constipation, but also bloating or gas.
7. Rice Water
This home remedy works for multiple purposes. Aside from getting rid of your abdominal cramps, you will also have a main side dish prepared for dinner. Thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, rice water is a fine choice for battling stomach pains from various causes. You need to get around half of a cup of white rice and two small glasses of water and slowly boil them in a pot on your stove. Do not wait for the rice to be fully cooked, but when it starts softening take it off of the stove. Cover the pan and let it set for a couple of minutes. Remove the rice by draining and set it aside for your desired meal, while you drink the remaining water while it is still warm. If the taste bothers you, take a bit of raw honey and mix it in.
8. Plain Yogurt
Plain yogurt has been a popular home remedy for abdominal cramps for quite some time. We can understand why, as it has proven its benefits in many cases. Even more so, yogurt with bacteria (live cultures) helps you alleviate pain caused by indigestion. Make sure that the yogurt you consume is plain, without any added bits of fruit or chocolate. You can either enjoy the yogurt simple, or you can make your own concoction with coriander, cardamom and a bit of salt. No matter what method you choose, you can drink it multiple times throughout the day for relief.
If abdominal muscle pain is what you are going through, then peppermint can help you out, under the form of tea. You can either buy some peppermint teabags or make some at home with dried or fresh peppermint leaves (we really recommend the latter choice). Whichever way you go, make sure that you drink the peppermint tea while it’s still hot. Add a little bit of local honey for taste and enjoy a delicious remedy that will warm you up and help you get rid of abdominal cramps for good. If you are not in the mood for making tea, you can take some peppermint and gnaw on it or opt for some peppermint supplements to help the pain go away.
Toast is an easy way to combat abdominal cramps without needing to leave the house (we know how much pain you are in and that is probably the last thing you would want to do). The trick with this home remedy is that you actually let the toast burn, as the charcoal result is effective for your cramps. If you feel like you drank just a bit too much last night and your stomach hurts, you can munch on some burned toast to get back on your feet.
11. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has numerous health benefits that can help you out in many situations. For example, in our case, a steaming mug of chamomile tea will aid you in stopping abdominal cramps for persisting. In addition to this, drinking some chamomile tea before going to sleep will help you get a good night’s rest if you are having insomnia issues. Like in the other cases described above, you can always purchase chamomile teabags from almost any store, but its best if you could find some dried chamomile to brew yourself. After trying this home remedy, you will find both your abdomen and your mind relaxed.
Last but not least, lemon remains one of the most trusted home remedies for warding off stomach cramps. You can add a bit of lemon to most of the solutions described in this list, or you can choose to make some plain, light lemon tea that will take up just a few minutes of your time. Take one half of a lemon and extract the juice into a cup of hot water. Add some raw honey if you would like and take small sips while your pain goes away.
Alice grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in California, though she likes to visit home frequently. She graduated from a marketing specialist degree and worked at the core of outreach teams for more than 5 years.