Menstrual Cramps Aid: Ginger Tea

Playing Drs. Rx: Ginger Tea for Menstrual Cramps?

Is a cup of tea the secret to helping with menstrual cramps? The Doctors discuss how sipping ginger tea could ease your monthly pains.

According to a recent study in The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, ginger is reportedly as effective as ibuprofen in relieving the pains associated with periods.

One possible way to use the ginger is in a tea form, which The Doctors share a recipe for:

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Ginger Tea

  • Steep 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger in water for 15 minutes
  • Strain the water
  • Add honey (if desired)
  • Add lemon (if desired)
  • Add cinnamon (if desired)

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says this recipe is great, regardless of the journal's claims that it can replace ibuprofen.

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“Always worry about supplements, but [not] fresh ginger… it’s also [good for] anti-nausea,” he adds.

Brew a pot of ginger tea and let us know if it helps ease your pains.