For many women, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a burden that can
greatly affect their quality of life, impacting their ability to perform
regular daily activities, affecting their workplace performance and
often making it difficult for them to cope with the demands of
everyday life. Unfortunately PMS is often viewed as an unpleasant,
but unavoidable, consequence of being a woman. It does not have
to be so! Women do not have to live with the monthly annoyance and
inconvenience of PMS. If you, or someone you know, is affected by
PMS, the good news is that Natural Medicines can help!
What is PMS?
PMS is the name given to a collection of physical and emotional
symptoms related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. The symptoms of
PMS occur in the days or weeks before a period and usually resolve
once the period has started. Some women experience mild symptoms
for just a day or two before their periods, whereas others can feel
physically uncomfortable and emotionally strung out for up to two
weeks every month! The most common symptoms of PMS include:
Is all this just part of being a woman, something
you have to accept and learn to live with?
The answer is no! Ask us today about how to take
control of your PMS symptoms.
What Causes PMS?
While the exact cause of PMS is unknown, there are many factors
that have been found to contribute to this pattern of dysfunction.
Imbalances in the female reproductive hormones, oestrogen and
progesterone, in the two weeks before a period are the most likely
cause, however, other hormones can also play a part. Nutritional
deficiencies in vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium and essential fatty
acids are also known to increase the severity of PMS symptoms.
What Can I Take to Help Reduce PMS Symptoms?
Listed below are some of the natural solutions available to restore
hormonal balance and correct nutritional deficiencies to reduce the
symptoms of PMS:
• Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus castus) – This herb has been extensively
researched for its ability to reduce premenstrual breast pain
and swelling, regulate the menstrual cycle, reduce period pain,
irritability, mood swings and abdominal bloating. Chaste tree
works by helping to rebalance oestrogen and progesterone levels.
• Dong Quai (Angelica polymorpha) – This herb has been used
for centuries in traditional Chinese herbal medicine to help to
regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce period pain.
• Vitamin B6 – This important nutrient may assist in the treatment
of PMS by reducing anxiety, moodiness, irritability, sugar cravings,
breast tenderness and abdominal bloating.
• Magnesium – This vital mineral is required for stress management,
energy production and maintenance of healthy moods. Magnesium
deficiency is associated with PMS symptoms, particularly irritability,
depression, confusion, headaches and muscle aches.
• Calcium – Research shows that women with low calcium levels
have higher rates of PMS. Calcium is the most abundant mineral
in the body and if levels are inadequate, this can cause PMS
symptoms of water retention, food cravings, muscle aches and
• Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids – Omega-3 essential fatty acids
are the healthy fats that come from food sources such as fish oil.
These healthy fats can help manage pain, inflammation and PMS
Ask us today about which of these Natural
Medicines are best for helping you manage your
Finally, stress, poor food choices and lack of exercise can also
contribute to the emotional and physical symptoms of PMS. By
helping to rebalance your hormones, address nutritional deficiencies
and address factors such as stress and diet, we can help PMS become
a thing of the past!