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Causes and Symptoms: The pain of dysmenorrhoea resembles that of colic; there is vomiting and the patient feels a sense of weakness. Where pain precedes the menstrual flow it is a sign of irritation in the ovaries and there is pain in the groin also. Another cause of it may be the inflammation of the various internal organs like the womb, the ovaries or the fallopian tubes. If there are spasms of pain, the cause may be of nervous origin.

If there is inflammation of the uterus, it is called metritis and the following remedies should be given. They would also deal effectively with painful menstruation.

Remedies: Ten tolas of juice of green leaves of Black Nightshade (Mako) and leaves of Chicory (Kasni) should be placed on fire and when it coagulates, it should be strained and drunk after mixing two tolas of Gur with it.

Two tolas of the leaves of the following eight herbs are boiled in water: (i) Sambhalu (Indian Wild Pepper); (ii) Sahinjana (Horse Radish); (iii) Bakayan (Indian Lilac); (iv) Kasni (Wild Chicory); (v) Mako (Black Nightshade); (vi) Khatmi (Marsh Mallow); (vii) Narma Kapas (Cotton Plant); and (viii) Soya (Dill). When the leaves are cooked and the water has evaporated, they should be fried in Sesame Oil like any vegetable and tied to the lower abdomen like a poultice. It will deal effectively with inflammation.

A very helpful remedy for the pain of dysmenorrhoea is a decoction of 18 gm of root of Cotton Tree, Telia Geru (6 gm), leaves of Rose Bush (6 gm), Root of Chulai (6 gm), Gur (24 gm) boiled in 750 ml of water till one eighth is left. The decoction should be taken for three days continuously. Hashish taken in 30 mg doses twice daily helps relieve the pain. Alternatively, 120 mg of the drug may be kept in the vagina to find relief.


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