Relief from PMS
Herbs and Supplements to Ease a Woman's Monthly Cycle
PMS is short for premenstrual
syndrome. A syndrome isn't a disease; it is a collection of symptoms
with no distinct cause. So, both symptoms and therapy for a syndrome
like PMS will vary from one situation to the next. However, the
most typical symptoms of PMS are irritability, emotional instability,
insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, depression, headache, bloating, fluid
retention, sugar craving, and abdominal pain. Also, while specific
supplement needs will vary, Magnesium Complex, Vitamin B6, and
Super GLA will help a wide variety of PMS symptoms.
PMS is generally connected
with nutritional imbalances, toxicity, and hormonal imbalances.
While a certain degree of hormonal fluctuations and mood changes
is natural in women, serious symptoms are an indication of general
health problems, and are best treated with dietary and lifestyle
changes, supplements and herbs, instead of drugs.
The specific supplements
and changes needed will vary depending on the type of PMS symptoms
involved. There are four main types of PMS --A, C, D and H. The
following is some basic information about each type.
Type A PMS is associated
with anxiety. Symptoms include nervous tension, irritability,
mood swings and anxiousness. In this type, estrogen levels are
high, while progesterone levels are low. This is often due to
congestion in the liver, which is responsible for breaking down
Helps for PMS Type
A include reducing consumption of fats and diary foods, and using
liver cleansing herbs to clear congestion from the liver. Liver
formulas helpful here include Enviro-Detox and Blood Build. Because
progesterone levels are low, Pro-G-Yam cream may also be beneficial.
The basic PMS supplements-B6, magnesium, and Super GLA-are also
combines magnesium, B6 and other nutrients helpful for PMS with
a Chinese herb formula that eases PMS symptoms. It is taken during
the last ten days of the period (the ten days prior to menses)
and is particularly helpful for PMS Type A.
Type C PMS is associated
with food cravings, especially cravings for chocolate and sugar.
This type is linked with hypoglycemia and may involve symptoms
such as headache, fatigue, dizziness, heart palpitations. Prostaglandin
production is low in this type.
Remedies for hypoglycemia
are helpful for PMS Type C. These include licorice root, Super
Algae, or HY-A, which help stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce
sugar cravings. Cravings for chocolate often indicate magnesium
deficiency and essential fatty acid deficiencies, so be sure to
use Magnesium Complex and Super GLA. It is also helpful to avoid
Type D PMS is associated
with depression. This type of PMS is caused by the opposite problem
as the A type--estrogen is low and progesterone is high. Magnesium
levels tend to be very low in with this type. Heavy metal toxicity
from lead may be another factor. Symptoms include depression,
crying, forgetfulness, confusion and insomnia.
Magnesium Complex is
critical with this type of PMS. Black cohosh is very helpful.
Other sources of phytoestrogens such as Phyo-Soy and Breast Assured
may be helpful, too. The essential oil of clary sage is also useful
because it raises estrogen levels. Nutri-Calm, an antistress vitamin
supplement in an herbal base, can support the nerves and supply
essential B-vitamins. Chinese Mood Elevator can be helpful for
easing depression and feelings of sadness, while the amino acid
L-tyrosine can help to lift the mood by helping to increase the
levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
The final type of PMS
is the H type. This is associated with hyper-hydration or fluid
retention, caused by elevated levels of the hormone aldosterone.
Symptoms include abdominal distention, breast tenderness, swollen
hands and feet, and weight gain.
Diuretics, such as
Kidney Activator or ]P-X are helpful for easing fluid retention.
Vitamin E and Super GLA are also helpful for this type PMS. Magnesium
and phytoestrogenic substances like black cohosh and Phyto-Soy
may be helpful.
It is possible to obtain relief from PMS symptoms with natural
remedies. For help in selecting the supplements that are right
for you, consult a qualified herb specialist.
The Complete Woman’s Herbal by Anne Mclntyre
Herbal Remedies for Women by Amanda McQuade Crawford
Balancing Hormones Naturally by kate Neil and Patrick
Hormone Replacmemt Therapy: Yes or No? by Berry Karnen.
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