Natural remedies and herbal medicines provide fast and effective relief from the symptom of pre-menstrual syndrome. Pre-menstrual syndrome refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before a woman’s period. Symptoms often vary between women and resolve around the start of bleeding. Common symptoms include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, and mood changes. Natural remedies include herbs, supplements, dietary changes and other alternative treatments e.g. acupuncture, journaling and yoga.
Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) can leave you feeling bloated, achy, and your breasts tender. You will be tired and craving sweet food. Even worse you will have mood swings, leaving you tied, frustrated and depressed. Nine out of ten women of childbearing age suffer from pre-menstrual syndrome. Symptoms fall into two categories, emotional and physical.
Among the most common emotional symptoms are dramatic shifts in mood, irritability, worry, tension, fatigue, tearfulness and depression. Physical symptoms bloating and water retention, sore for tender breasts that may feels swollen or lumpy, weigh gain, headaches or migraines, cravings for sweet foods, constipation and feeling lightheadedness.
Natural remedies include herbs, supplements, diet and lifestyle changes. To start you will need to follow a hormone balancing diet and in particular take steps to balance your sugar. This will involve cutting refined sugar and refined carbohydrates, eliminating alcohol and eating smaller meals through out the day that includes nuts and seeds.
To combat your water retention or bloating, limit your intake of salt and fatty foods and during plenty of water and herbal teas.
Herbs (that I would prescribe for PMS);
Agnus Castus (Vitex agnus castus)
This hormonal wonder herb will help to stimulate and normalise the function of your pituitary gland.
Black cohosh has a calming effect on the nervous system and balancing effect on the hormones. This herb also can help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression and pre-menstrual headaches.
Dandelion is a great liver tonic and natural diuretic that helps to flush out excess fluids reliving bloating.
Dong Quai promotes normal hormone balance and prevents muscle spasms and cramping.
Skull cap is soothing to the nervous system leaving you feel relaxed and at ease.
Supplements to take include;
Vitamin B5 (50 mg daily)
Vitamin B5 is also found in Broccoli, Eggs, Liver, Mushrooms, Squash and sunflower seeds
Vitamin E (400 iu daily)
Magnesium (200 mg daily)
Zinc (25 mg daily)
Evening primrose oil (150 mg GLA daily)
Other natural treatments;
Homeopathy – Nat mur for tender breasts
Aromatherapy – Sage, fennel, Jasmine and Juniper all help
Journaling – Let go your problems to the pages of a journal
Mindfulness – focuses on the present moment, positive things and shifts the mind away from negativity
Yoga – a great way to find balance and healing in all our systems
Come off the pill -If your symptoms get worse wheel eon the pill then, consider stopping
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