Symptoms Causes and Natural remedies for premenstrual syndrome
There are over 150 symptoms linked to PMS, of which the most common include abdominal bloating, anxiety, acne, backache, breast swelling and tenderness,
swollen feet, depression, cramps, food cravings, fainting spells, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, insomnia, nervousness, impatience, drastic mood swings, angry outbursts
Other symptoms include sluggishness, lethargy, delusions, indecisiveness, dizziness, constipation, hemorrhoids, skin eruptions, and migraines.
Causes of Premenstrual syndrome
PMS affects many women during the one to two weeks prior to the onset of menstruation. It affects one-third to one-half of all American women between the ages of 20 and 50. As many as 75% have the problem at one time or another. About 5% are incapacitated by it, and about third report symptoms severe enough to interfere with their daily life.
Bearing children or being married seems to increase the likelihood. The problem is a major cause of divorce. Hormonal imbalance is part of the PMS problem. The liver regulates hormonal balance, by selectively filtering out of the blood and excreting unwanted excess hormones.
One of these is estradiol, a type of estrogen which causes problems. If not eliminated, it can build up in the body.
Part of the hormonal imbalance problem is that there is too much estrogen in the body and not enough progesterone. Fluid retention is the result. This affects the circulation and impedes oxygen and nutrient flow to the brain and female organs.
Additional causative factors are mentioned below.
Natural remedies for premenstrual syndrome
- Constipation is a primary reason why the liver cannot get rid of excess estradiol. Eat natural foods with sufficient bulk.
- Avoid processed and junk foods.
- Meals high in complex carbohydrates help one deal with stress. It is thought that they increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical which counteracts depression.
- An inadequate supply of B complex vitamins is another factor causing PMS. B vitamins and magnesium help the liver excrete unwanted estrogen.
- Fried foods block the absorption of magnesium.
- Eating chocolate, caffeine, sugar, and excess sodium is additional causative factors. Women who regularly consume caffeine are four times more likely to have severe PMS.
- Red meat and dairy products help produce a hormonal imbalance—exactly the kind in PMS, excessive estrogen, and inadequate progesterone.
- Another factor is unstable blood sugar levels. This can be caused by hypoglycemia or simply poor eating habits. Either way, eat complex carbohydrates and avoid the sugar foods.
- Food allergies are another related factor. Search out the offending foods and stop eating them
- It is important that you not eat foods which contain hormones! Many have been added to dairy products (via cows and chickens) and meat.
- Obtain a full supply of vitamin/mineral supplements.
- Adequate calcium intake during the monthly cycle is very important. Blood calcium drops 10 days before menstruation. A lack of it causes headaches, tension, nervousness, depression, insomnia.
- Magnesium and vitamin D help in calcium absorption. Adequate stomach acid is also needed.
- Do not use caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol.
- Fast for 1-3 days on fruit and vegetable juices before the period onset, to reduce problems.
- Regular outdoor exercise is important. Walk at least half a mile a day. This increases oxygen intake, which in turn aids in nutrient absorption and elimination of toxins.
- Here are herbs which may help reduce the pain of cramps: rosemary, black haw, cramp bark, red raspberry, kava kava, and Angelica.
- Selenium is an antioxidant and helps prevent menstrual cramps.
- Use warm sitz baths, heating pad, or hot water bottle for cramps. This draws the healing blood and relaxes muscles.
- Herbs helpful in treating PMS include Dong Quai, False Unicorn root, fennel seed, squaw vine, blessed thistle, and sarsaparilla root. They help balance the hormones.
- Some women with PMS are deficient in melatonin.
- Wild yam cream contains a natural form of the hormone, progesterone, and helps many women. Rub the cream into the skin on the chest, inner arms, thighs, and abdomen just after ovulation. The active ingredient is absorbed through the skin.
- Vitamin E has been found useful in the treatment of PMS, with most improvement were benign breast disease was a major problem. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps prevent inflammatory reactions to dietary fats. It is possible that Vitamin A and Zinc also aids in this function.
- Vitamin B6 (50-150 mg daily, especially during the 10 days preceding menstruation, helps relieve premenstrual edema, swellings, and soreness.
Discuss the problem with your spouse. This will help him understand the situation.