Solutions for menstrual issues and the pain surrounding them. These are important issues, yes I.
Instead of a bean or rice bag, I use either a hot water heating pad or an electrical one that my Kingman gave to me. Funny because I always prefer the non electric but now I have the electric one it is really a lot easier for me when I am in pain, I don't have to go downstairs and heat the water.
Acupuncture! I cannot say enough about it. My beautiful wise acupuncturist has saved my life so many times over. She provided me with a tincture made from I think peach pit and some Chinese herbs, and it helps a lot with pain. And the needling itself really does work on varieties of ailments! I love my acupuncturist. She knows how to address both physical and emotional pain that comes with menstruation when a woman is wanting to have a child.
If you are not trying to have a baby, the emotions that go along with a moontime are not so bad, maybe some women have a shorter fuse. But it can be truly devastating for a woman suffering infertility. It's an anguish that all too many of us know. And it's not easy to survive it sometimes. I try and put on a really random funny show that will distract me - absolutely nothing including a baby. Hug my fluffy dog. Cry if I have to.
Olive branch you said it is not a time for sorrow, but if sorrow is what a woman feels then she must have the space to feel it. Tears are prayers, if a woman cries for her sorrow one day she will cry for her joy also. This is life and there is no reason to pretend there are no sad times in life.
Motherwort is an herb that can be taken short term to reduce depression especially these issues of PMS, post partum depression, etc. I have taken it after one of my pregancy losses, and I do think it helped a lot, in comparison to the other losses. I take it in tincture form.
Ganja is an extremely effective herb for both pain and sadness that comes with moontime. Smoking, yes. CBD rub on the belly, yes. Tea, yes.
Willow bark can be found in tincture or capsule and this is a natural pain reliever and it thins the blood which can allow the menstruation to finish more easily and completely. Willow bark is what they make aspirin out of, it is just the whole plant form of that medicine.
Yoga can be very helpful. Do not do any inverted poses - we want the blood flowing down and out, not up and in. Back bends which make space in the abdomen and allow extreme blood flow to the area are so beneficial. Camel pose and wheel pose are my favorites.
Eating light during moontime has helped me a lot. Smoothies and soups - liquids. It means the intestines don't get bulked up, which causes pain as the intestines press against the uterus. Avoiding any inflammatory foods such as gluten or legumes during this time will also help reduce pain. Sister Iylah on Rastawifeline has a juice recipe for Womb Juice including I think carrots, beats, turmeric, ginger, and lemon. I don't think the carrots are vital in that recipe, I have had success using the same with apples instead, or oranges. The beets, turmeric and ginger are most important I think.
If a woman is having extreme pain or extreme bleeding or anything that is debilitating to her functioning in life, or having infertility - SEE A DOCTOR PLEASE. And don't let them just give you pain meds and send you home. Demand ultrasounds or tests to get to the root of your problem. These can be clues of larger issues and both individuals and doctors tend to ignore them because "periods are painful." But they really don't have to be.