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AYURVEDIC HEALTH REMEDIES

PAINFUL MENSTRUATION & MENSTRUAL CRAMPS (Dysmenorrhea dysmenorhea)

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AYURVEDA PERSPECTIVE ON PAINFUL MENSTRUATION & MENSTRUAL CRAMPS

Menstruation is a time of cleansing and rejuvenation in a women's reproductive cycle. However, for many women, menstruation comes with fatigue, cramping, and irritability.

Type of Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps before your period may be due to restricted blood flow to the uterus as hormone levels drop, a Vata condition, causing lactic acid buildup in the muscle. In this case, nurturing, sweet foods and those that promote increase of female sex hormones can mitigate cramps.

Once your period begins, the release of inflammatory prostaglandins stimulate contractions of the uterus, which can be intense and painful. This type of menstrual cramp is associated with aggravated Pitta dosha. You may have a squeezing, vice-grip like sensation in the lower abdomen. The flow of menses may be heavy. In this case avoid all caffeine, alcohol, and other inflammatory foods. Alteratives and liver support may help normalize the blood in this case.

Kapha type menstrual cramps may be due to menstrual clots passing through the narrow opening of the cervix, causing scraping or abrasive pain. In this case warming up the uterus, thinning the blood, and increasing blood flow with herbs like turmeric, manjistha and asafoetida can reduce clotting. Start these herbs the day before your period begins.

Colic, or asynchronous contractions of the uterus, may occur if Toxins (ama) is present. This type of pain will be characterized by spasms. Anxiety, indigestion, constipation, bloating, and the presence of Candida or other pathogens that irritate the uterus lining can also create colic and confusion of the uterus. Antispasmodic herbs like cramp bark or asafoetida can help in this case.

Productive cramps may simply be too strong. These will feel similar to labor, with a bearing down sensation.

Back pain, hip pain, and pain from other organs may be exacerbated during menstruation, making it difficult to assess the exact cause or nature of the discomfort.

Tips for Healthy Menstruation

Generally, antispasmodics may ease cramping, and analgesics reduce pain.

Regardless of the cause, a cleansing yet nourishing diet should be followed during menses. Include foods that rebuild blood and restore electrolytes, including iron rich foods such as red meat, kale, or raisins, depending on you dosha. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and refined flours during your menses.

A combination of triphala, turmeric, and black pepper in aloe vera juice is commonly recommended as it encourages cleansing and flushing of blood throughout the uterus. However, this formula is not appropriate for heavier menses, where an astringent hemostatic may be necessary. Check with your doctor before changing your health and wellness routine.

Belly breathing, and gentle contraction and release of pelvic floor muscles will assist menstruation. Child's pose and pigeon pose are ideal yoga postures. Rest and reduce activities during this important time of your reproductive cycle. You'll soon emerge renewed!

Disclaimer: 'Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps' could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.

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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.

Balance Your Body with Diet, Herbs, & Lifestyles Having These Biocharacteristics

Everything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using biocharacteristics (gunas). Biocharacteristics are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps', you should select foods with the following biocharacteristics. Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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SALTY

ABOUT SALTY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Salty refers to anything with salt, or high mineral content.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Analgesic

ANALGESIC

Pain reliever, reduces pain without eliminating sensation. Also known as anodyne.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Blood Tonic

BLOOD-TONIC

An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.

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Rebuild Electrolytes

REBUILD-ELECTROLYTES

Substances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.

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Rebuilds Fluids

REBUILDS-FLUIDS

Herbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.

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Uterine Tonic

UTERINE-TONIC

An herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.

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Muscle Relaxant

MUSCLE-RELAXANT

Herbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.

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Antispasmodic

ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

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Ojas

OJAS

Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.

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Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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HOW TO ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE #2

PAINFUL MENSTRUATION & MENSTRUAL CRAMPS IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE #2 - AFFECTING BLOOD & EMOTIONS

Affecting Blood: Initially, imbalances are localized, often in the digestive tract. As an imbalance grows, it starts to affect your body systemically, via the blood. If you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances are starting to spread, have entered the bloodstream, and are now systemic. Pay particular attention to the biocharacteristics, tastes, and doshas out of balance systemically, so you know how to strengthen your body as a whole, and reduce physical stress on your organs. At this stage of imbalance you will begin to experience generalized discomfort, imbalanced emotions, and may develop sensitivities to temperature. It may take several weeks of strict adherence to a specific remedial diet to clear blood level imbalances. Blood cleansing herbs may reduce symptoms. A several day cleanse may shorten the recovery time.

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AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTS

According to Ayurveda, one or more of the following doshas and biocharacteristics may aggravate 'Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps'. If you have an excess of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them. Click on the biocharacteristic to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be reduced.

Symptoms Tell A Story

The first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances. Symptoms show you where your body is weakened. Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself. Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & biocharacteristics. If you notice a biocharacteristic or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
BIOCHARACTERISTICFOODS TO AVOIDDO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?
VATA
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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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TOXIC

ABOUT TOXIC BIOCHARACTERISTIC

A substance that causes toxicity in the body, or that harms the body.

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SEE A DIET WHICH REMOVES THESE CAUSES

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RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITS

The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.

Biocharacteristics of 13,471 People Reporting Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps

On average the biocharacteristics of people reporting Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps were less aggravated than 66% of other symptoms. From the 13,471 people who reported Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps in this research study of 74,671 individuals, average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:

BIOCHARACTERISTIC

AVG CLIENT LEVEL %

%CASES (#)

#IMBALANCE

Sour
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70.2%
27.9% (3,759)
7,528 have Sour constitution
Heavy
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65.5%
33.5% (4,513)
9,738 have Heavy constitution
Cold Aggravates
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63.3%
26.1% (3,517)
8,107 have Cold constitution
Gooey
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61.8%
22.2% (2,990)
7,069 have Gooey constitution
Pitta
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58.3%
35.0% (4,711)
10,540 have Pitta constitution
Kapha
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56.4%
36.2% (4,871)
12,745 have Kapha constitution
Oily
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51.6%
29.6% (3,994)
9,587 have Oily constitution
Hot
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48.0%
22.5% (3,031)
7,949 have Hot constitution
Sweet
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47.2%
30.5% (4,108)
9,650 have Sweet constitution
Difficult
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46.4%
34.2% (4,613)
8,532 have Difficult constitution
Pungent
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46.0%
20.3% (2,733)
6,802 have Pungent constitution
Vata Aggravates
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45.6%
34.7% (4,680)
11,554 have Vata constitution
Light
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44.8%
25.3% (3,407)
9,391 have Light constitution
Bitter
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41.3%
25.3% (3,402)
8,626 have Bitter constitution
Astringent
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41.3%
20.2% (2,723)
8,068 have Astringent constitution
Salty
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38.6%
26.4% (3,558)
7,179 have Salty constitution
Toxic Aggravates
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36.7%
30.0% (4,045)
7,099 have Toxic constitution
Dry
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35.9%
26.7% (3,595)
9,009 have Dry constitution

Risk Factors of Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps

Below you will see general risk factors as well as the greatest risk factors, i.e. those who were also more likely to report Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps. Overall, 21.59% of people surveyed in this research study reported Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps.

SYMPTOM (Cases)

Cases With Both

% Reporting This

Increase from 21.59%

Review These Common Risk Factors

Feel underweight (2358)
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818
34.7%
60% more often
Feel overweight (25362)
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9083
35.8%
70% more often
Hyperactive, quick (19615)
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3939
20.1%
10% less often
Fatigue / tired (16721)
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7994
47.8%
120% more often
Male (1336)
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27
Small number of cases
2%
90% less often
Female (26227)
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11362
43.3%
100% more often
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Abdominal swelling during menses (8840)
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6639
75.1%
250% more often
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (227)
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169
74.4%
240% more often
Heavy Period (11000)
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7810
71%
230% more often
Long menstrual cycle (5479)
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3871
70.7%
230% more often
Pale menstrual blood (461)
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302
65.5%
200% more often
Clots in menstrual blood (14383)
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9389
65.3%
200% more often
Endometriosis (2421)
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1549
64%
200% more often
Dark menstrual blood (13313)
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8461
63.6%
190% more often
Irregular Menstrual Cycle (7576)
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4668
61.6%
190% more often
Self Mutilation (1881)
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1157
61.5%
180% more often
Yellow vaginal discharge (1950)
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1174
60.2%
180% more often
Tender breasts near menses (12814)
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7666
59.8%
180% more often
Bright red menstrual blood (13714)
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8089
59%
170% more often
Vaginal discharge (11456)
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6730
58.7%
170% more often
Acne - painful (1966)
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1153
58.6%
170% more often
Strep Throat (1657)
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970
58.5%
170% more often
Pretend Eating / Playing with Food (461)
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268
58.1%
170% more often
Nipple Fissures / Candida / Skin Problems (827)
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474
57.3%
170% more often
Can't afford to buy food (1909)
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1094
57.3%
170% more often
Fainting (2169)
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1241
57.2%
160% more often
White vaginal discharge (9653)
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5526
57.2%
160% more often
Kidney Infection (1649)
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931
56.5%
160% more often
Insufficient Breast Milk (1651)
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918
55.6%
160% more often
Manic / giddy (2385)
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1321
55.4%
160% more often
Guarding area of pain (886)
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489
55.2%
160% more often
Bladder / Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) (5020)
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2754
54.9%
150% more often
Dilated Pupil (518)
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284
54.8%
150% more often
Chronic Peeling Skin (1173)
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643
54.8%
150% more often
Hormonal cycle affects symptoms (13181)
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7219
54.8%
150% more often
Pain relieved by doubling over (2537)
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1371
54%
150% more often
Psychiatric Treatment (3639)
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1965
54%
150% more often
Trauma-induced overeating (1603)
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865
54%
150% more often
Blood or pus in mucus (462)
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249
53.9%
150% more often
Uterine Fibroids (2888)
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1550
53.7%
150% more often
Illegal Drugs (marijuana, cocaine, etc) (3536)
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1898
53.7%
150% more often
Convulsions (156)
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83
53.2%
150% more often
Acne - cystic (3310)
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1760
53.2%
150% more often
Shaky / Jitters (4508)
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2397
53.2%
150% more often
Stole food or money to buy food (1041)
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553
53.1%
150% more often
Panic Attacks / Anxiety Attack (10072)
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5336
53%
150% more often
Ear pain/infection (5405)
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2857
52.9%
150% more often
Tense or Aching jaw (5411)
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2864
52.9%
150% more often
Excessive sleep (5994)
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3165
52.8%
140% more often
Hirsutism / Female Facial Hair on Chin (1304)
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689
52.8%
140% more often
Green mucus (1730)
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914
52.8%
140% more often
Burning sense of shame (3769)
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1989
52.8%
140% more often
Blisters (609)
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321
52.7%
140% more often
Oppressed / disempowered (3669)
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1934
52.7%
140% more often
Tight clothing / belts (3919)
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2065
52.7%
140% more often
Cloudy urine (3984)
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2095
52.6%
140% more often
Eat when abdomen painful (2767)
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1456
52.6%
140% more often
Skin problems on buttocks (3512)
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1842
52.4%
140% more often
Self-loathing (6841)
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3582
52.4%
140% more often
Pain upper back (6439)
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3374
52.4%
140% more often
Chest Pain (2589)
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1355
52.3%
140% more often
Croup (176)
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92
52.3%
140% more often
Acne - general (6199)
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3238
52.2%
140% more often
Swollen lymph nodes (2365)
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1231
52.1%
140% more often
Tense chest (3234)
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1683
52%
140% more often
Pain sudden onset (3992)
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2069
51.8%
140% more often
Cysts (3366)
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1743
51.8%
140% more often
Homesick (2646)
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1371
51.8%
140% more often
Dirty clothes on floor (8183)
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4239
51.8%
140% more often
Weakness / Debility (3964)
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2055
51.8%
140% more often
Diuretics to lose weight (2085)
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1079
51.8%
140% more often
Abdominal pain continuous (1145)
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592
51.7%
140% more often
Sweaty palms (3063)
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1583
51.7%
140% more often
Angry when someone eats my food (7138)
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3691
51.7%
140% more often
Migraines (8013)
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4134
51.6%
140% more often
Acne - whitehead (5066)
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2615
51.6%
140% more often
House hot (2856)
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1475
51.6%
140% more often
Yellow mucus (3355)
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1727
51.5%
140% more often
Difficulty waking up (9687)
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4981
51.4%
140% more often
Skin problems on chin (7972)
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4094
51.4%
140% more often
House dark (3837)
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1971
51.4%
140% more often
Acne - scars (4861)
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2490
51.2%
140% more often
3+ Address changes 10 years (8546)
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4374
51.2%
140% more often
Panic about size, shape or weight (6563)
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3358
51.2%
140% more often
Sore throat (4943)
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2524
51.1%
140% more often
Acne - blackhead (7316)
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3741
51.1%
140% more often
Pressure / popping ears (7211)
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3685
51.1%
140% more often
Sharp abdominal pain (5537)
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2824
51%
140% more often
Flat rash (526)
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268
51%
140% more often
Distress when sweets unavailable (4006)
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2039
50.9%
140% more often
Sore eye muscles (2328)
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1184
50.9%
140% more often
Body dysmorphia / Distorted self-image (5887)
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2998
50.9%
140% more often
Clammy Skin (2812)
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1425
50.7%
130% more often
House cold (5730)
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2905
50.7%
130% more often
Dizzy / Light-headed (11401)
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5768
50.6%
130% more often
Past physical trauma (5997)
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3033
50.6%
130% more often
Frequent motion sickness (5275)
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2669
50.6%
130% more often
Hunched / Rounded shoulders / Excessive upper back curve (4193)
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2123
50.6%
130% more often
Intestinal colic / spasm / cramping (5234)
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2645
50.5%
130% more often
Sinus pain in cheeks (4378)
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2211
50.5%
130% more often
Past sexual trauma (8088)
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4083
50.5%
130% more often

Complications of Those Reporting Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps

In this research study, people who report Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps were likely to report the following:

REPORTS

CASES WITH BOTH

INCREASE

%

NORMALLY

Prolonged bleeding when cut (Poor clotting)
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573
+2.3 times
4%
1.74% (1,259 cases)
Slow, heavy digestion
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5829
+1.9 times
43%
22.89% (21,898 cases)
Abdominal swelling during menses
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6639
+1.9 times
49%
26.48% (8,840 cases)
Heavy Period
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7810
+1.8 times
58%
32.64% (11,000 cases)
Nipple Fissures / Candida / Skin Problems
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474
+1.8 times
4%
2.28% (827 cases)
Long menstrual cycle
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3871
+1.7 times
29%
16.59% (5,479 cases)
Self Mutilation
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1157
+1.7 times
9%
5.17% (1,881 cases)
Guarding area of pain
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489
+1.7 times
4%
2.38% (886 cases)
Restricting Food Intake
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6361
+1.7 times
47%
28.12% (15,613 cases)
Clots in menstrual blood
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9389
+1.6 times
70%
43.15% (14,383 cases)
Acne - painful
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1153
+1.6 times
9%
5.56% (1,966 cases)
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Pain relieved by doubling over
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1371
+1.6 times
10%
6.2% (2,537 cases)
Dark menstrual blood
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8461
+1.6 times
63%
39.12% (13,313 cases)
Seizures
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227
+1.6 times
2%
1.25% (452 cases)
Tongue deviates to right/left
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216
+1.6 times
2%
1.26% (484 cases)
Exercising as punishment
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993
+1.6 times
7%
4.43% (2,175 cases)
Kidney Infection
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931
+1.6 times
7%
4.49% (1,649 cases)
Purging Food
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1418
+1.6 times
11%
7.06% (2,856 cases)
Irregular Menstrual Cycle
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4668
+1.6 times
35%
22.5% (7,576 cases)
Yellow vaginal discharge
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1174
+1.5 times
9%
5.87% (1,950 cases)
Tongue frothy on edges
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367
+1.5 times
3%
1.96% (739 cases)
Hirsutism / Female Facial Hair on Chin
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689
+1.5 times
5%
3.29% (1,304 cases)
Clammy Skin
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1425
+1.5 times
11%
7.24% (2,812 cases)
Endometriosis
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1549
+1.5 times
11%
7.26% (2,421 cases)
Pain sudden onset
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2069
+1.5 times
15%
9.9% (3,992 cases)
Frequent Nausea
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2500
+1.5 times
19%
12.57% (5,021 cases)
Sharp abdominal pain
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2824
+1.5 times
21%
13.92% (5,537 cases)
Sore eye muscles
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1184
+1.5 times
9%
5.97% (2,328 cases)
Intestinal colic / spasm / cramping
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2645
+1.5 times
20%
13.28% (5,234 cases)
Bloody stools
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473
+1.5 times
4%
2.66% (1,021 cases)
Food Poisoning
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512
+1.5 times
4%
2.68% (1,032 cases)
Migraines
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4134
+1.5 times
31%
20.82% (8,013 cases)
Vaginal discharge
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6730
+1.5 times
50%
33.73% (11,456 cases)
Anorexia, past or current
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1931
+1.5 times
14%
9.45% (4,050 cases)
Manic / giddy
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1321
+1.5 times
10%
6.75% (2,385 cases)
Recurrent Vomiting
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406
+1.5 times
3%
2.03% (817 cases)
Strep Throat
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970
+1.5 times
7%
4.74% (1,657 cases)
Insufficient Breast Milk
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918
+1.5 times
7%
4.74% (1,651 cases)
Tender breasts near menses
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7666
+1.5 times
57%
38.61% (12,814 cases)
Bright red menstrual blood
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8089
+1.5 times
60%
40.84% (13,714 cases)
Artificial sweeteners
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3400
+1.5 times
25%
17.04% (8,589 cases)
Dizzy / Light-headed
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5768
+1.5 times
43%
29.32% (11,401 cases)
Fainting
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1241
+1.5 times
9%
6.15% (2,169 cases)
Exercising after eating too much
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1106
+1.5 times
8%
5.47% (2,548 cases)
Location of abdominal pain moves
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2675
+1.5 times
20%
13.68% (5,432 cases)
Poor diet
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4850
+1.5 times
36%
24.63% (11,384 cases)
Swollen lymph nodes - neck
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2628
+1.5 times
20%
13.69% (5,244 cases)
Pain relieved by heat
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1875
+1.5 times
14%
9.59% (3,723 cases)
Hormonal cycle affects symptoms
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7219
+1.5 times
54%
37.05% (13,181 cases)
Tense muscles when stressed
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4230
+1.5 times
31%
21.33% (9,005 cases)
Tooth ache
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1462
+1.5 times
11%
7.57% (2,997 cases)
Fatty fried food
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4987
+1.5 times
37%
25.49% (11,744 cases)
Dilated Pupil
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284
+1.4 times
2%
1.38% (518 cases)
Ringworm
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345
+1.4 times
3%
2.07% (712 cases)
Frequent Nose Bleeds
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756
+1.4 times
6%
4.14% (1,500 cases)
Exercise aggravates symptoms
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2116
+1.4 times
16%
11.1% (5,106 cases)
Chewing and spitting food
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610
+1.4 times
5%
3.47% (1,294 cases)
White vaginal discharge
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5526
+1.4 times
41%
28.48% (9,653 cases)
Yellow bump on eye
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229
+1.4 times
2%
1.39% (535 cases)
Chest Pain
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1355
+1.4 times
10%
6.96% (2,589 cases)
Compulsive exercising
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778
+1.4 times
6%
4.18% (1,909 cases)
Anemia
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3080
+1.4 times
23%
16.04% (6,770 cases)
Tonsil Stones
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1125
+1.4 times
8%
5.58% (2,415 cases)
Joint pain after eating
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356
+1.4 times
3%
2.1% (712 cases)
Overwhelmed by responsibilities
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7984
+1.4 times
59%
41.32% (19,304 cases)
Skin problems on buttocks
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1842
+1.4 times
14%
9.82% (3,512 cases)
Bulimia, past or current
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1574
+1.4 times
12%
8.43% (3,506 cases)
Can't afford to buy food
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1094
+1.4 times
8%
5.63% (1,909 cases)
Vomiting
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578
+1.4 times
4%
2.82% (1,149 cases)
Red dots on tongue
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1698
+1.4 times
13%
9.25% (3,391 cases)
Sweaty palms
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1583
+1.4 times
12%
8.54% (3,063 cases)
Ear pain/infection
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2857
+1.4 times
21%
14.98% (5,405 cases)
Smoking to suppress appetite
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1926
+1.4 times
14%
9.99% (3,891 cases)
Frequent Hiccup
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1232
+1.4 times
9%
6.43% (2,477 cases)
Swollen lymph nodes
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1231
+1.4 times
9%
6.44% (2,365 cases)
Dark Yellow Urine
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4929
+1.4 times
37%
26.48% (10,665 cases)
Headache
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7768
+1.4 times
58%
41.51% (16,436 cases)
Tension in eyes
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1556
+1.4 times
12%
8.6% (3,219 cases)
Conflict makes me restless
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9820
+1.4 times
73%
52.33% (43,701 cases)
Pain upper back
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3374
+1.4 times
25%
17.94% (6,439 cases)
Pain lower back
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8348
+1.4 times
62%
44.53% (19,881 cases)
Cysts
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1743
+1.4 times
13%
9.34% (3,366 cases)
Shortness of Breath
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3041
+1.4 times
23%
16.54% (6,434 cases)
Panic Attacks / Anxiety Attack
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5336
+1.4 times
40%
28.77% (10,072 cases)
Ulcerative Colitis
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204
+1.4 times
2%
1.44% (568 cases)
Bluish nail-beds
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1087
+1.4 times
8%
5.76% (2,239 cases)
Goiter
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218
+1.4 times
2%
1.44% (482 cases)
Pale menstrual blood
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302
+1.4 times
2%
1.44% (461 cases)
Strong hunger
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7409
+1.4 times
55%
39.61% (31,540 cases)
Hives
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1204
+1.4 times
9%
6.49% (2,397 cases)
Burning sense of shame
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1989
+1.4 times
15%
10.82% (3,769 cases)
Hunched / Rounded shoulders / Excessive upper back curve
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2123
+1.4 times
16%
11.55% (4,193 cases)
Tense or Aching jaw
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2864
+1.4 times
21%
15.16% (5,411 cases)
Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces
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1830
+1.4 times
14%
10.11% (3,898 cases)
Candida / Yeast Infection / Thrush
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3554
+1.4 times
26%
18.78% (7,286 cases)
Difficulty expectorating
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649
+1.4 times
5%
3.62% (1,399 cases)
Acne - cystic
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1760
+1.4 times
13%
9.42% (3,310 cases)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
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1973
+1.4 times
15%
10.87% (4,107 cases)
Gallbladder Inflammation
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499
+1.4 times
4%
2.9% (1,070 cases)
House hot
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1475
+1.4 times
11%
7.99% (2,856 cases)
Illegal Drugs (marijuana, cocaine, etc)
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1898
+1.4 times
14%
10.18% (3,536 cases)

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HOW AYURVEDA WORKS

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WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?

Ayurveda strengthens the body while opposing disorders. It takes a holistic, systemic approach that looks at the whole body. Ayurveda shows how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using diet, lifestyle adjustments, and herbs. It shows a person how to optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing.

HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?

Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of biocharaceristics (gunas). For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.

On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalanced biocharacteristics. By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.

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To get started on your Ayurvedic journey, we first recommend that your find your body type by taking our free quiz. In Ayurveda, every solution is based on your unique body type, so by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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