Pelvic pain is characterized by pain felt in the area beneath the belly button and between the hips. Pelvic pain is hard to diagnose; however, some pelvic pain may be due to conditions such as endometriosis, menstruation, irritable bowel syndrome or pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID. Some of these conditions may be treated with medications such as antibiotics, hormone treatments and pain relievers; however, herbs that have anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and calming properties may help ease pain associated with pelvic pain. Speak with your doctor before using alternative treatments for your health.
Pelvic pain symptoms and characteristics may vary with each person. However, some common symptoms may include intermittent pain that comes and goes, painful intercourse, pain when sitting, pelvic pain while having a bowel movement and a dull aching. In addition, severe cramps and pressure accompanied with a feeling of heaviness may occur.
The use of willow bark as a fever and pain reducer dates to 400 BC. In addition, willow bark has also been used to treat inflammation. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, willow bark contains a chemical called salicin, which is believed to have the similar affects of aspirin; however, willow bark may last longer in relieving pain than aspirin. If pelvic pain is due to menstruation, an herbal tea can be made by simmering 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes. Once the tea has steeped for half an hour, it may be drunk up to four times per day, as needed, for pelvic pain.
German chamomile has been used as an alternative remedy to treat conditions such as stomach ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease. In addition, it has also been used to treat stomach cramps, gas, diarrhea and colic. Chamomile contains antispasmodic properties that act as a relaxant to the smooth muscles such as those making up the intestines. Chamomile tea can be made by pouring 1 cup of boiling water over 2 to 3 heaping teaspoons of dried chamomile. Chamomile tea may be drunk up to four times per day between meals as needed for pain.
If you have allergies to aspirin, willow bark should not be taken. Women who may be pregnant or breastfeeding should consult their physician if they experience symptoms of pelvic pain, as it may indicate underlying health conditions. In addition, some herbs should not be taken in combination with some medications as it may lead to adverse reactions.