Why risk using some pain killer that has deadly side effects? The natural alternatives are usually not just safer but at least as effective.
The new researchers have revealed that the cinnamon powder is very effective at reducing the symptoms of painful menstrual periods or primary dysmenorrhea in the college age students.
In the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research is published that the comparative effect of ibuprofen and cinnamon for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea – a randomized double-blind clinical trial. The Iranian researchers calculated the effect of either 400 mg of the drug ibuprofen, 420 mg of the cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), or a starch placebo, in 3 groups of 38 females. Both pain duration and intensity were monitored in all of the groups, and the results were reported like this:
The mean durations of pain and a mean pain severity score in Cinnamon and Ibuprofen were less than the placebo group respectively p<0.001. Four hours after the intervention there were no statistically important differences between the placebo and Cinnamon group p>0.05.
About 8 hours after the intervention, the mean pain severity in the group of cinnamon was importantly lower than the placebo group p<0.001. At different time intervals the mean pain severity in the group of Ibuprofen were importantly less than the placebo and Cinnamon groups p<0.001.
So, the researchers concluded that the cinnamon can be regarded as an effective and safe treatment for primary dysmenorrhea. It is recommended more researchers to study the efficacy of the Cinnamon on the reduction of menstrual bleeding.
Why do we think that the cinnamon is better than ibuprofen? If we consider the well-known dangers of the ibuprofen, which is calculated to kill several thousand people a year just from the cardiovascular side effects, the potential role of the cinnamon like a natural alternative to the drug is extremely promising. Unlike ibuprofen, the cinnamon is not known to have that cardiotoxic properties, but it is known to have both blood sugar lowering and blood pressure lowering properties, both that might confer protection against the heart disease.