Acupuncture is recognized as safe and beneficial for many conditions, but it’s not a cure-all for everything — you should still be taking your medications. But while it may not eliminate your symptoms, it could still ease them. So it may be worth a try, especially when it comes to chronic pain.
Breakthrough pain is a type of pain that may occur in those who experience chronic pain. A sudden, intense spike of pain can happen after a sudden movement, coughing, or other activities. Some drugs can help control it, but they bring risks of their own. Find out more about coping with breakthrough pain.
Menstrual Cramps. If menstrual cramps are what you seek to relieve, give camomile a try, says Maureen Miller Pelletier, co-author of the book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Menopause." This pleasant, soothing herb has gentle sedative properties and relaxes smooth muscle, such as the muscle that lines the wall of your uterus.
A phantom period can be characterized by bloating and cramping with the absence of menstrual bleeding. Mood swings and enlarged breasts can also be a sign of a phantom period. These can also be symptoms of pregnancy, according to What to Expect. The craving for chocolate is also a premenstrual symptom that can occur during a phantom period, according to Project Aware.