It is estimated that as many as 80% of all women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) at some point or other. There are so many different symptoms that it can be a difficult condition to deal with, however it is most certainly a physical problem, not a psychological one as it has often been dismissed as. Many women suffer severe symptoms, which interfere with their everyday life, and some are even debilitating.
If you suffer from cramps, bloating, acne, backache, sore breasts, food cravings, depression, anxiety, mood swings, tension, fatigue, dizzy spells, water retention or outbursts of anger or even violence, these are all symptoms of PMS.
Causes of premenstrual syndrome can include hormone imbalances (too much oestrogen and insufficient progesterone), fluctuation of hormones, unsuitable diet, unstable blood sugar levels, food allergies and malabsorption of nutrients in the gut, nutritional deficiencies (particularly calcium), and an inability to metabolize fatty acids.
DIET & LIFESTYLE:
- Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain cereals and breads, beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds, with steamed or broiled white meats and fish. Include foods that are high in complex carbohydrates and fibre.
- Eat high-protein snacks in between meals.
- Consume 6-8 glasses of filtered or bottled water a day and drink fresh, raw juices and herbal teas.
- Avoid salt, red meats, processed food, junk food and the over consumption of dairy products. If you cannot achieve this then at least cut them out one week before your symptoms usually begin.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugar in any form, again particularly the week before.
- Exercise - getting regular exercise is very important. It increases the amount of oxygen in the blood which helps eliminate toxins, increase nutrient absorption and stabilize hormone levels. Although sometimes it can feel like the last thing you want to do even just walking half a mile a day can dramatically help to reduce symptoms.
Essential Oils - 'FeminEase' is a special combination of roman chamomile, clary sage, sweet marjoram and geranium to help relieve muscle spasm and cramps. The individual oils of Geranium and Rosemary can greatly relieve the physical symptoms of pre-menstrual tension incuding the bloating and water retension. If you feel irritable and depressed then consider Clary Sage, Neroli and Rose. Massage by adding a few drops to a base oil or add to your bath - see Essential Oils.
Homeopathy - take Nat mur 30c if you are depressed and withdrawn before your period, if you crave salt, get headaches, are low and weepy, and you are worse for sympathy and attention, and towards the end of your period; take Belladonna 30c for pains that are violent and throbbing, periods may come early, with profuse, hot bright red blood and pain, often with a throbbing headache - symptoms get worse for sunlight, draughts, touch, motion, noise and light; use Sepia 30c for PMS with mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, for mood swings that shift significantly as menstruation is due, with tenseness and stress, and feeling flat and overwhelmed - there may be erratic blood sugar levels and you feel worse for emotional demands and long gaps between meals, and better for aerobic exercise and regular snacking; or try Lachesis 30c for PMS that builds steadily from mid cycle to onset of a period, with severe mood swings as your period gets nearer, sleep disturbances, much cramp and if you feel better once menstruation starts; Mag Phos 30c is also helpful for pain relief - see Homeopathy for all these remedies. See the Homeopathic Kits for sets containing a range of different remedies.
Take one dose every half an hour or an hour depending on the severity, and then three or four doses a day as required. If your symptoms match two different remedies alternate them.
NB. It is important to touch the pills as little as possible, ideally tipping them into the lid and then directly into the mouth, and also to avoid eating and drinking at the same time as taking the remedy.
The stronger the symptoms the stronger the potency required, so if you are unsure, if any of these remedies are not working, or you feel you need a higher potency contact a professional homeopath.
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NB. This information is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are unsure as to the suitability of any of the products or recommendations with regard to your condition please consult your doctor. If your doctor does not approve of complementary medicine it may be helpful to find one who does.