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Premenstrual Syndrome Home Remedy
PMS Symptoms | Causes of PMS | PMS Prevention | PMS Remedies | Comments

Signs and Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Many women have mild symptoms related to menstruation, such as cramps and breast tenderness. These symptoms are considered a normal part of the menstrual cycle. A diagnosis of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is defined as a distinct clinical entity characterized by a cluster of physical and psychological symptoms limited to 3-14 days preceding menstruation and relieved by onset of the menses. However, PMS can cause temporary yet excruciating symptoms that are severe enough to disrupt a woman’s life.

Many physical and psychological symptoms have been attributed to PMS. Symptoms vary greatly from woman to woman. A generally stressful life and problematic relationships may be related to the intensity of physical symptoms which include physical changes such as breast swelling, water retention, bloating, weight gain, and acne; mood and behavior changes such as irritability, depression, difficulty concentrating, decreased sex drive, and aggression; painful symptoms such as headaches, breast tenderness, and muscle aches; and other symptoms such as food cravings, lack of energy, and sleep disturbances.

Causes of Premenstrual Syndrome

PMS is a combination of symptoms that occur before the onset of menstruation and subside just when the menstrual flow occurs. The cause is unknown, yet there has been a tendency to link the disorder with endocrine imbalances such as hyperprolactinemia, estrogen excess, and alteration in the estrogen-to-progesterone ratio. A theory suggests that these imbalances affect serotonin levels in the body, which directly affect the way we move, feel, behave and even think. Serotonin sustains your interest in and energy for emotional, cognitive and behavioral processes. A rise or fall in the level of serotonin has a serious side effect in the body. Other hormones may also be involved. Estrogen stimulates anxiety and nervous tension while increased progesterone levels may produce depression. Dietary factors may also play a role because carbohydrates may affect serotonin. Other causes of PMS include:

  • Drop in progesterone just before menstruation
  • Vitamin B-complex deficiency may lead to estrogen excess causing an abnormal ratio between estrogen and progesterone
  • Poor renal (kidney) clearance leading to water retention or hypoglycemia, causing a surge of adrenalin and low calcium levels and interference with serotonin synthesis
  • Biogenic amine neurons are abnormally affected by changes in hormones
  • Abnormal prostaglandin activity

How to Prevent PMS

  • Eat small meals every 3 to 4 hours. Include plenty of whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. Limit fats and sweets, and reduce salt to help limit bloating.
  • Eliminate tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine. This may help relieve some symptoms.
  • Exercise regularly to help minimize PMS symptoms.
  • Reduce your stress level as much as possible. Try yoga or other relaxation techniques.
  • Try taking calcium (1,200 mg daily), magnesium (400 mg daily), or Vitamin B6 (no more than 100mg daily). These may improve your mood, reduce fluid retention and pain, and help with other PMS symptoms.

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for PMS Treatment

Chasteberry as a PMS Treatment

Chasteberry is the fruit of the Chaste Tree, and it is one of the most popular herbs for premenstrual syndrome in Europe. A study published in the British Medical Journal involving 178 women with PMS found that chaste tree berry significantly reduced PMS symptoms over three menstrual cycles. Women who are taking chasteberry showed significant improvements in irritability, depression, headaches, and breast tenderness. A common dosage is a 60mg Chasteberry extract capsule once per day.

PMS Relief with Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil contains gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid. This acid is involved in the metabolism of prostaglandins that regulate pain and inflammation in the body. Therefore, for treating PMS symptoms including cramps, moodiness, and breast tenderness, you can try taking one 1300mg Evening Primrose capsule daily.

Premenstrual Syndrome Treatment with Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba has been found to have estrogenic activity, which makes it a potential PMS remedy. Some women have found that it helps to reduce reduce premenstrual water retention and breast pain/tenderness. A simple PMS herbal remedy is to take 60mg of Ginkgo Biloba twice daily one week before your next period.

Chamomile as a Premenstrual Syndrome Treatment

Chamomile is an herb which is known for its anti-anxiety, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antispasmodic properties. For these reasons, it is often an effective natural treatment for PMS, particularly stomach cramps and moodiness. Simple chamomile tea bags can be found in many grocery stores and supermarkets. However, you should avoid chamomile if you are currently taking blood thinners such as warfarin.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Romi on Aug 27 2013 11:52:20
Did any body use chaste berry for PMS? I drink Chamomile tea and helps to some extent. Any other ideas?

Posted by ammu on Mar 16 2013 11:18:45
they are really very good tips for related patients

Posted by MICH on Feb 18 2013 05:40:37
The past few months have been chronic, i can hardly walk, with the craps, yet alone talk with the tension in the muscles..tried yogurt today, but im lactose in tolerant so it doesnt help much...i cant even be myself and its upsetting coz im normal a cheerful person..will try the evening primrose and calcium tablets..

Posted by MICH on Feb 18 2013 05:40:36
The past few months have been chronic, i can hardly walk, with the craps, yet alone talk with the tension in the muscles..tried yogurt today, but im lactose in tolerant so it doesnt help much...i cant even be myself and its upsetting coz im normal a cheerful person..will try the evening primrose and calcium tablets..

Posted by Roe on Apr 19 2012 21:59:41
PMS is really sucky. I feel like crap and I don't know why, that is, until I cramp up and go evil-brain. Then you better watch out. -_- I should try this Camomile stuff. Seems legit. Usually to get rid of PMS I jump on people and run screaming down the halls. ^-^ Hugs help too.

Posted by Me on Apr 23 2010 22:51:06
Homeopathic PMS remedy capsule? What is that? I've never heard of it. But if it works, I wan't some! 1-800-homeopathy is that it?

Posted by seme on Mar 07 2010 10:36:12
I am the quenn of painful PMS and have been diagnosed with chronic dysmennoreah (excruciating , labor-like cramps). Its has disrupted my life since the age of 13. I'm 23 years old now and I still occasionally suffer. I have tried many natural remedies (some work, some don't). Nevertheless, anything is better than surgery, drugs, and painkillers. Doctors won't take the time to figure out the cause or natural answers___---bc they make profits from pharmeceutical companies when prescribing medication to us. I relax, place a heating pad on my abdomen and drink chamomile tea, and dissolve (4) homeopathic PMS remedy capsules under my tougue. 1-800-homeopathy for natural remedies for anything!!

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