Herbal & homeopathic remedies for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

General description & overview of Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)


The term ‘premenstrual syndrome’ (PMS), also known as premenstrual tension (PMT), is applied to a group of physical and emotional symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. Mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression are among the most common symptoms of PMS. These symptoms generally occur a week before the period starts and end once it has begun. They can last for between 2 days and 2 weeks (the latter coinciding with the start of ovulation) and affect 40 percent of women.

Herbal & homeopathic products for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Anger-Soothe™

Natural anger management remedy to help you control temper problems and emotional outbursts.

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Dong Quai™

Promotes a healthy reproductive system, premenstrual, menstrual and menopausal health.

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Femalite™

Maintain normal emotional and hormonal balance during PMS.

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Premenstrual syndrome is a tricky condition to identify, partly because it has such a wide variety of signs and symptoms. What ties these seemingly unrelated problems together is that they affect you only in the days before your monthly period.

An estimated three of every four menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome. These problems are more likely to trouble women between their late 20s and early 40s, and they tend to recur in a predictable pattern. Yet the physical and emotional changes you experience with premenstrual syndrome may be particularly intense in some months and only slightly noticeable in others.

Just because PMS affects millions of women to one degree or another, it is not something anyone should be indifferent about. Some of its symptoms, like depression, irritability and anxiety, can be very distressing indeed. Same goes for some physical symptoms like nausea, vomiting, swollen breasts and headaches.

In recent years, much has been learned about premenstrual syndrome. Treatments and lifestyle adjustments can help you reduce or manage the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.


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Symptoms of Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)


There are about 150 physical & emotional symptoms that can occur separately or together.

The most common signs and symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome include:

Emotional and behavioral symptoms

  • Unpredictable moods and irritability or anger/aggression – mood might swing from euphoria to depression

  • Tension or anxiety

  • Crying spells, tearfulness

  • Appetite changes and food cravings

  • Libido problems

  • Trouble falling asleep (insomnia) or hypersomnia (sleeping for unusually long periods)

  • Social withdrawal, nervousness

  • Lack of concentration, memory disorders

Physical signs and symptoms

  • Tender, swollen breasts

  • A general feeling of bloated ness, with swollen feet & hands and vascular disorders

  • Joint or muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Urinary disorders

  • Weight gain from fluid retention

  • A boated abdomen that cab be merely uncomfortable or extremely painful

  • Acne flare-ups

  • Constipation or diarrhea

Any of these problems can develop alone or in combination as the body undergoes the changes that lead to menstruation.

Although the list of potential signs and symptoms is long, most women with premenstrual syndrome experience only a few of these problems.

But a small proportion of women with premenstrual syndrome have disabling symptoms every month. This form of PMS has its own psychiatric designation — premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome with symptoms including severe depression, feelings of hopelessness, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, difficulty concentrating, irritability and tension. A number of women with severe PMS may have an underlying psychiatric disorder.


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Causes of Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

No single cause has yet been identified to explain this wide range of symptoms, but several factors may contribute to the condition. Cyclic changes in hormones seem to be an important cause, because signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome change with hormonal fluctuations and also disappear with pregnancy and menopause. These hormones travel to and influence all parts of the body, including the brain.

Once a month, about 2 weeks before the menstrual period, the opposing hormones – estrogen and progesterone – begin to amass. These female hormones, which regulate the menstrual cycle and affect the central nervous system, normally work in tandem. But when they try to outdo each other, trouble starts.

In case of the luckier lot, these hormones strike a peaceful balance whereas in the not so fortunate ones, one takes the lead from the other. When estrogen levels soar, you are left feeling anxious and irritable. When progesterone dominates, depression and fatigue sets in.

It also appears that PMS is the result of the increased permeability of the capillaries, which causes the swelling of the tissues of the breasts, abdomen and brain.

Chemical changes in the brain also may be involved. Fluctuations of serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that is thought to play a crucial role in mood states could trigger the symptoms. Insufficient amounts of serotonin may contribute to premenstrual depression, as well as to fatigue, food cravings and sleep problems.

Some women with severe premenstrual syndrome have undiagnosed depression, though depression alone does not cause all of the symptoms. Stress also may aggravate some of the symptoms, but alone it isn't a cause.

Some PMS symptoms have been linked to nutritional deficiencies like low levels of vitamins and minerals. Other possible contributors to PMS include eating a lot of salty foods, which may cause fluid retention, and drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages, which may cause mood and energy level disturbances.

Lastly, the problem could be inherited genetically.

Tests and diagnosis

There are no unique physical findings or laboratory tests to positively diagnose premenstrual syndrome. Your doctor may attribute a particular symptom to PMS if it's part of your predictable premenstrual pattern. To establish a pattern, your physician may ask you to keep a record of your signs and symptoms on a calendar or in a diary for at least two menstrual cycles. Note the day that you first noticed your PMS symptoms, as well as the day they disappeared. Also be sure to mark the day your period started and ended. Alternatively, completing a questionnaire on the first day of your period describing your symptoms during the prior two weeks can help your doctor know whether you would benefit from further evaluation.


Herbal supplements for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). If you've had no luck managing your premenstrual syndrome with lifestyle changes, and signs and symptoms of PMS are seriously preventing you from leading a normal life, see your doctor.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

There are a wide variety of treatments and lifestyle changes that can alleviate and manage the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. These include:

Over-the-counter Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen. Prescription medicines such as oral contraceptives, antidepressants, diuretics or beta-blockers.

While these treatments can be beneficial, these medications are strong, and may have side effects. Some may also be addictive.

Natural and holistic treatments can be very effective in treating the physical and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and providing relief. Natural remedies have been used traditionally for many years to combat PMS symptoms and restore hormonal balance. These treatments usually work best in combination with a health program that is tailored to the individual’s needs.

Herbal and homeopathic remedies are completely safe, and non addictive – without the side effects of prescription drugs. These remedies contain ingredients such as Fennel, Pulsatilla and Melissa which help to naturally reduce the effects of premenstrual syndrome and support health. Don Quai is also a very effective Chinese herb which helps to restore hormonal balance and promote female reproductive health – thereby reducing the occurrence of pre-menstrual symptoms. Consult an herbalist or homeopath about a treatment that suits you.

Lifestyle changes can go a long way to improving the symptoms of PMS. These include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. Acupuncture and Chiropractic therapy can also be effective in lessening the troublesome symptoms of PMS.

   

Herbal & homeopathic products for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Anger-Soothe for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Anger-Soothe™

Natural anger management remedy to help you control temper problems and emotional outbursts.

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Dong Quai for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Dong Quai™

Promotes a healthy reproductive system, premenstrual, menstrual and menopausal health.

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Femalite for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Femalite™

Maintain normal emotional and hormonal balance during PMS.

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Dietary recommendations in Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Poor nutrition may not cause PMS but poor eating habits can definitely bring in more trouble.

 
  • Increase your fiber intake (fresh and dried vegetables, fruit, whole cereals). Eat fewer foods with refined sugars (sweets and soft drinks) and more foods containing slow-release glucose, such as wholemeal bread, Basmati rice and pasta. Fiber helps the body clear out excess estrogens.

  • Reduce your intake of animal fats, such as full-fat dairy products, and replace with ones that are monounsaturated or polyunsaturated (sunflower, corn, safflower and olive oils). The lactose in dairy products can block your body’s absorption of magnesium, which helps regulate estrogen levels and increases its excretion.

  • Eat less animal protein andmore vegetable protein of various types. Animal fats contribute to the high estrogen levels that may contribute to PMS.

  • Reduce your consumption of stimulants such as cigarettes, coffee and tea. Caffeine present in some of these has also shown to contribute to painful breast tenderness, anxiety, and irritability.

  • Calcium - Consuming 1,200 milligrams (mg) of dietary and supplemental calcium daily, such as chewable calcium carbonate (Tums, Rolaids, others), may reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS. Regular, long-term use of calcium carbonate also reduces your risk of osteoporosis. Calcium helps prevent premenstrual cramps and pain.

  • Magnesium - Taking 400 mg of supplemental magnesium daily may help to reduce fluid retention, breast tenderness and bloating in women with premenstrual syndrome. Magnesium also helps the body absorb calcium and control premenstrual food cravings and stabilizes mood.

  • Vitamin B-6 - A daily dose of 50 to 100 mg of vitamin B-6 may help some women with troublesome PMS symptoms like mood swings, fluid retention, breast tenderness, bloating, sugar craving and fatigue.


Homeopathic medicines for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Cut down on salt for seven to ten days before the onset of your period to offset water retention.

  • Vitamin E - This strong antioxidant, taken in 400 international units daily, may ease PMS symptoms by reducing the production of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that cause cramps and breast tenderness.

  • And finally, the dreaded word – food cravings. Women crave for large sized chocolates and ice-creams during PMS as they are driven to it by the reaction of progesterone on their brains. When a woman is about to have a period, the high levels of progesterone released seem to affect those areas of the brain responsible for carbohydrate cravings. But after such a ‘sugar fix’ or carbohydrate rich food consumption, they experience headaches, palpitations or fatigue. Try and satisfy your desire with dark chocolate, which has less sugar and fat than milk chocolate.


Dos and don'ts (precautions) in Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

You can manage or sometimes reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome by making changes in the way you eat, exercise and approach daily life. Try these approaches:

Incorporate exercise into your regular routine

Engage in at least 30 minutes of brisk walking, cycling, swimming or other aerobic activity most days of the week. Women with PMS who jogged an average of about 12 miles a week for six months were reported to experience a reduction in breast tenderness, fluid retention, depression, and stress. Try to exercise to the point of perspiration. Regular daily exercise increases your blood flow (which in turn will reduce the level of free-circulating estrogen in the system), can help improve your overall health and alleviate symptoms such as fatigue (it increases your brain’s production of endorphins, natural opiates) and a depressed mood.

Reduce stress

  • Get plenty of sleep.

  • Practice progressive muscle relaxation or deep-breathing exercises to help reduce headaches, anxiety or trouble sleeping (insomnia).

  • Try yoga or massage as ways to relax and relieve stress.


Herbal & homeopathic cures for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Dip yourself in a mineral bath to relax muscles from head to toe. Add 1 cup of sea salt and a cup of baking soda to warm bath water. Soak yourself in it for around 20-25 minutes.

Record your symptoms for a few months

Keep a record to identify the triggers and timing of your symptoms. This will allow you to intervene with strategies that may help to lessen them.

Natural progesterone creams

These are derived from wild yams and soybeans. Some women report that these creams relieve symptoms. No scientific studies prove their effectiveness.

Stay away from diuretics

As a temporary antibloating measure, diuretics are commonly used by many PMS sufferers. But a lot of such over-the-counter diuretics draw valuable minerals out of your system along with water. Beter stay away fro alcohol & salt instead.

Have sex!!

The aching muscles and sluggish circulation that usually accompanies PMS can be relieved by having sex with orgasm. The stimulation will help move blood and other fluids away from congested organs.

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Herbal & homeopathic products for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Anger-Soothe™

Natural anger management remedy to help you control temper problems and emotional outbursts.

Product Details

Dong Quai™

Promotes a healthy reproductive system, premenstrual, menstrual and menopausal health.

Product Details

Femalite™

Maintain normal emotional and hormonal balance during PMS.

Product Details