Natural Medicine for PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is characterised by irritability, anxiety, emotional lability, depression, odema, breast pain and headaches, occurring during the 7 to 10 days before and usually ending a few hours after onset of menses. Diagnosis is clinical, often based on patient’s daily recording of symptoms. Treatment is symptomatic and includes diet and counselling.

Generally a patient will have at least four of the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or self-depreciation
  • A tense (on edge) feeling or anxiety
  • Emotional lability with frequent tearfulness
  • Irritability or anger that persists, leading to increased interpersonal conflicts
  • Loss of interest in daily activities, possibly causing withdrawal
  • Decreased concentration
  • Fatigue, lethargy, or lack of energy
  • Changes in eating habits, including binging
  • Insomnia or hyperinsomnia
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed or out of control
  • Physical symptoms associated with PMS

Causes of PMS

PMS appears to be caused by multiple endocrine factors (Eg hypoglycemia – low blood sugar, alterations in carbohydrate metabolism, hyperprolactinemia, fluctuations in levels of circulating oestrogen and progesterone, abnormal responses to oestrogen and progesterone, excessive aldosterone or ADH). Oestrogen and progesterone can cause transitory fluid retention, as can excess aldosterone or ADH.


Natural Help with PMS


Treatment of PMS involves a multiple modality approach – using diet, lifestyle, nutritional support, homeopathy and herbal medicine to support of the liver, balancing the fluctuations in hormones and balance blood sugar levels.

Reducing stress through relaxation methods such as yoga, meditation and adequate sleep will be helpful to reduce symptoms. Exercise is also an excellent start to alleviate irritability, anxiety, and insomnia.

Dietary changes such as increasing protein, decreasing sugar, and taking vitamin B complex (especially pyridoxine, a form of vitamin B6) or Mg supplements may also help. Consuming foods high in Ca and vitamin D and, if needed, Ca and vitamin D supplements may help prevent PMS.

As we are all individuals and each case is extremely different, these suggestions are only very basic treatment suggestions. Please call to make an appointment for your individual treatment plan.

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