It's not just an old wives tale -- chamomile really can help to relax smooth muscle. The gut is full of smooth muscle, and relaxing those muscles will not only help alleviate premenstrual syndrome (PMS) pain, but might also help with other pain in the abdomen. Over and above the benefits of the chamomile itself, just the act of holding a cup of tea and inhaling its fragrance is soothing. There are stress relieving benefits even to the simple ritual of making a cup of tea.
EPO is used to treat several conditions, including PMS. Some women find that EPO is helpful in reducing their PMS symptoms. The recommended dosage is typically 1500 mg a day. EPO is generally safe to use, but check with your physician to make sure that it won't interfere with your treatment plan.
3. Yoga Mat
Remember, you don't have to do an hour of yoga every day to see results. Even a little bit of exercise can have a positive effect on your health. Start small, and work your way up by adding more exercise every few days or every week.
4. Heating Pad
Be careful with heat, though -- don't use it with topical muscle pain relievers (Icy Hot or Ben-Gay) or fall asleep with it on. There are a variety of heating pads on the market, so you should be able to find one that meets your needs and your budget.
People with IBD tend to be deficient in calcium, and often need supplementation. Check with your physician about how much calcium you need to meet your needs.