With nature often at the forefront of modern medicine, is it worth using a pain killer with deadly side effects anymore? Natural alternatives are not only safer but often just as effective too.
The latest research into this topic has revealed that cinnamon powder is extremely effective at reducing the symptoms of painful periods (primary dysmenorrhea) in college age students.
An article recently published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, “Comparative effect of cinnamon and Ibuprofen for treatment of primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized double-blind clinical trial,” researchers from Iran have evaluated the effect of either 420 mg of cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), 400 mg of ibuprofen, or a starch placebo, in three groups of 38 females in each.
Both the symptoms of pain intensity and overall duration were monitored in all groups, with the results reported as follows:
“The mean pain severity score and mean duration of pain in Ibuprofen and Cinnamon were less than placebo group respectively (p< 0.001). Of 4 hours after the intervention, there were no statistically significant differences between the Cinnamon and placebo group (p> 0.05).
Of eight hours after the intervention, the mean pain severity in the cinnamon group was significantly lower than the placebo group (p< 0.001).
At various time intervals, the mean pain severity in the Ibuprofen group was significantly less than Cinnamon and placebo groups (p< 0.001).”
The researchers concluded that:
“Cinnamon can be regarded as a safe and effective treatment for primary dysmenorrhea. More researches are recommended to study the efficacy of Cinnamon on reducing menstrual bleeding.”
Using Cinnamon for Pain Relief
So what makes us consider cinnamon superior to ibuprofen? Considering the dangers of ibuprofen, which is estimated to kill several thousand consumers annually due to its cardiovascular side effects alone, cinnamon’s potential role as a natural alternative to this drug is looking very positive. Dissimilar to ibuprofen, cinnamon doesn’t come with any cardio-toxic properties. On the contrary, cinammon is known to lower both blood pressure and blood sugar levels; both of which may confer protection against cardiovascular disease.
As far as its role in menstrual bleeding is concerned, which is addressed in the conclusion above, a recent randomized clinical trial found that it actually reduced the severity of menstrual bleeding in women, making it a win-win as far as difficult or inconvenient menstruation symptoms go.
For more information about either cinnamon’s health benefits, or other natural interventions for painful periods, consult the further reading, including the numerous articles and database sections on Greenmedinfo.com.
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