Research shows that all-natural herbal formulas, like Relieve, were almost twice as effective for treating menstrual pain as pharmaceutical treatments, all without the significant adverse effects.
Pain during your period can be equivalent to the pain felt during a heart attack — no one should "just have to deal" with that kind of pain. Whether it's lost days at work, or days where you're just not your strong, radiant, normal self, it's time to take control of your life with better periods.
- Fennel Seed: In several randomized, placebo controlled trials, fennel seed was found to be as effective as NSAIDs for treating menstrual pain — all without the potential side effects.
- Ginger Root: Ginger was found not just to reduce the severity and duration of menstrual pain, but to improve PMS symptoms like headache, gastrointestinal disturbances, nausea, and aches and pains.
- Curcuma: Contains highly anti-inflammatory compound curcumin that helps reduce chronic pain and spasm.
- Motherwort: Known for its antispasmodic and relaxing effect on the uterus, it also helps relax tension and irritability.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon effectively reduced pain compared to placebo in a study on severe menstrual pain. It also decreased the volume of menstrual blood and nausea during the period.
- Corydalis: Corydalis is one of the most frequently used herbs in traditional formulas for menstrual relief. Its primary active ingredient has been shown to effective reduce inflammatory pain.
- Frankincense and Myrrh: A traditional combination that's been demonstrated to be anti-inflammatory and relieve menstrual pain.
- Our Proprietary Blend: Relieve is carefully balanced formula created by master herbalists to be safe, effective, and easy to take.
Made the right way, because it's the only way we know how.
Our all natural herbal tinctures are convenient, easy to take, and effective. A small 1oz bottle slips conveniently into your purse, so, unlike pills, it's easy to take on the go. Start taking Relieve at the first sign that you're starting your period for maximum benefit. All of our formulas are proudly produced in the USA following current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) standards.
Don't stress. We did the research, so you don't have to.
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Research shows traditional herbal medicine to be especially effective for common menstrual complaints. An industry leading Cochrane Systematic Review of 39 randomized control trials, including more than 3,400 women found that herbal formulas, like the ones in Viv's line, were almost twice as effective for treating menstrual pain as pharmaceutical treatments like over the counter painkillers or birth control pills, all without significant adverse effects. Formulas like ours outperformed other natural treatments like acupuncture or using heating pads.
You'll note that many of the ingredients below were compared to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If you've had period pain, you've probably tried NSAIDs — they include aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, and mefenamic acid — as the most common treatment for period pain, they're somewhere between 45% and 53% effective. However, a recent review of NSAID use for dysmenorrhea (painful periods) concluded that "women using them need to be aware of the substantial risk of adverse effects." Common adverse effects of NSAIDs include: stomach problems (bleeding, ulcer, upset stomach), high blood pressure, fluid retention and swelling, kidney problems, heart problems, and rashes.
At Viv, we believe in pain relief, without the potential for severe side effects. Many of the herbs we've included in Relieve were demonstrated to be as effective as NSAIDs, but without the potential side effects. This isn't just a collection of herbs that have been shown to be effective for treating period pain, it's a carefully curated formula that we've perfected over 20 years of clinical practice.
- A 2012 study found that fennel seed was more effective than a placebo for controlling severe menstrual pain. On average, women started the study with 6/10 menstrual pain, and five hours after taking fennel seed rated their pain just a 1/10.
- Fennel seed isn't just better for cramps than placebo pills, it held it's own against a potent pharmaceutical pain killer (similar to ibuprofen, but requiring a prescription). In a study of severe menstrual pain in high school students, fennel seed was found to treat pain as well, or better than, mefenamic acid, a preferred NSAID for treating menstrual pain. However, there were no reports of side effects in the fennel seed group, while possible side effects of mefenamic acid include nausea, diarrhea, rashes, autoimmune anemia, and kidney toxicity. A later study confirmed these results.
- Fennel seed has also been shown to relieve nausea and fatigue associated with menstrual bleeding, decrease the duration of the period, and improve overall feelings of well-being when taken over several cycles.
- In a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial, university students were given either cinnamon, ibuprofen, or a placebo to address severe menstrual pain. Cinnamon was demonstrated to have a pain relieving effect compared to placebo, but was slightly less effective than ibuprofen. Pain the cinnamon group was reduced from a 7/10 to less than 2/10 during the course of treatment.
- In addition to effectively reducing pain when compared to placebo, in a separate trial, cinnamon also reduced the volume of menstrual bleeding, as well as nausea and vomiting during the period.
- A double-blind, placebo controlled trial found that, when administered for two days prior to the period, and three days during, ginger reduced both the severity and the duration of menstrual pain.
- The pain reduction wasn't just superior to placebo. Subsequent studies found that pain relief from ginger was equivalent to both ibuprofen and mefenamic acid. Because ginger produced no adverse effects, the researchers concluded that it be used as an alternative treatment to pharmaceutical interventions.
- PMS: Researchers found that ginger was effective for relieving a number of different PMS symptoms including: abdominal and low back pain, headache, gastrointestinal disturbances, nausea, and joint and muscle pain.
- Blood Volume: Ginger doesn't only reduce menstrual cramping, but the amount of menstrual bleeding as well. In a study with 93 young women, overall bleeding volume decreased significantly with the use of ginger. The researchers concluded, "ginger can be known as a highly effective treatment for menstrual blood loss and the promotion of the quality of life of young women. It is cheap, easy to use, and has fewer side-effects than other chemical and invasive approaches."
- Corydalis is one of the most frequently prescribed herbs for menstrual pain in Traditional Chinese Medicine. One study found that corydalis was included in over 30% of formulas given for menstrual pain.
- The primary active component of corydalis, dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB), has been shown to reduce both inflammatory pain, and pain produced by damage to the nervous system. A member of the poppy family, corydalis has a similar, though considerably weaker effect than morphine, and doesn't raise concerns for tolerance or dependence.
Frankincense and Myrrh
- This pair might sound familiar. Frankincense and Myrrh are traditionally remembered as one of the gifts delivered by the wisemen — most probably to Mary — as this pair is used in traditional medicine to combat inflammation and pain related to menstruation and childbirth.
- Modern research has also confirmed that these two herbs have anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain reducing) properties. In animal studies, frankincense and myrrh were found to be highly anti-inflammatory and worked in combination to relieve menstrual pain.
- New research is also helping us understand how these two ingredients work together to relieve pain.
Curcuma Wenyujin Root
Curcuma Wenyujin is one of a number of plants in the turmeric family. Common to all these plants is a chemical constituent called curcumin. This particular component has been demonstrated to reduce inflammation and effective in reducing chronic pain.
The curcuma family is also particularly adept at decreasing menstrual pain. Specifically, curcuma has been shown to reduce uterine contraction and spasm — the very actions that cause your worst cramps. Curcuma has also has a blood thinning action, similar to aspirin, but much milder.
Our Proprietary Blend
Viv's formulas are the result of years of clinical practice by board-certified herbalists. Our formulas are based on traditional blends, where herbs are chosen to work synergistically. In addition to herbs above that have been research validated to address menstrual cramping, our proprietary blend includes the following herbs that were carefully chosen to potentiate and harmonize the overall formula.
- Motherwort has an antispasmodic and relaxing effect on the uterus. It also reduces tension, anxiety, irritability before and during the period.
- Lindera root is traditionally used in treating pain in the low abdomen, and is considered especially good for menstrual pain. It is commonly used to reduce bleeding.
- Nutgrass rhizome and lindera root are frequently used together and complement each other's effect. Nutgrass rhizome has analgesic and sedative, and uterine relaxant effects.
- Costus root was chosen for this formula as it improves the digestibility and helps harmonize the formula as a whole. It is traditionally used to treat digestive disorders associated with menstruation, including bloating, abdominal fullness, pain, poor appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Himalayan teasel root is traditionally indicated for controlling irregular uterine bleeding.