Natural Therapies for PMS
PMS refers to recurrent, cyclical physical and emotional symptoms that occur with the menstrual cycle. It is very common (up to 75% of women of reproductive age) and can be significantly distressing. It is not unusual for the symptoms to become more evident as women travel through their thirties.
The symptoms may include bloating, weight gain, fatigue, irritability, emotional lability, headaches, cramps and back ache to name a few.
There are many, many natural and alternative therapies which have been thought to be helpful in the relieving of premenstrual symptoms. Two large studies have looked into which of these therapies are actually effective.
The effective treatments include calcium, agnus castus (Ze440 20mg daily), and vitamin B6. Interestingly, evening primrose oil was not shown to be of benefit.
If these alternative therapies do not relieve symptoms, then there are prescription medications (combined oral contraceptive pill, low dose antidepressants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) which can also be of benefit.
The above information doesn’t take the place of a medical consultation so please seek further advice if you have further questions or any concerns