Herbs, Roots & Vitamins: An Alternative Approach To PMS

If you are
a PMS sufferer, you might like to consider an alternative or complementary treatment
to either replace or supplement your over-the-counter or prescription
medication. While it is difficult to prove the effectiveness of these natural remedies,
some women say alternative medicine has helped them to control their PMS and enjoy

How Do I Choose
A Natural PMS Remedy?

You may
have to shop around for a complementary PMS remedy that works for you. Your treatment
should depend on the type and severity of your symptoms. Remember that alternative
PMS treatments are not necessarily ‘better’ for you or more effective than
ordinary medicine. You should always consult a medical professional before
beginning any of the alternative treatments listed below.
This is especially
important if you take medication for an existing medical condition.

for PMS

  • Vitamin B6 – Studies have shown
    that vitamin B6 may ease general PMS symptoms. Medical experts recommend
    you never take more than 50 -100 mg per day.
  • Vitamin E – Research suggests
    that vitamin E reduces stomach cramps and breast tenderness associated
    with PMS. The recommended maximum dose is 400 IU (international units) per

for PMS

  • Calcium – Studies have found low
    calcium levels in women with PMS. Try increasing your calcium intake by
    eating more diary products and/or taking supplements. This may help you to
    combat cravings, bloating, pain, depression and mood swings.
  • Magnesium – Available as
    supplements and in foods such as broccoli, peanuts and some shellfish,
    magnesium is thought to ease weight gain, breast tenderness and bloating. However,
    magnesium can have unpleasant side affects and should not be combined with
    some medications. Medical professionals recommend you never take more than
    400 mg per day. 

Roots And Herbs
for PMS

  • Roots and herbs – Some women find
    that roots such as ginger and herbal remedies such as Evening Primrose
    Oil, chasteberry, black cohosh, raspberry leaf and dandelion alleviate
    premenstrual symptoms; however, this has not been scientifically proven.
  • St. John’s Wort – St. John’s Wort is traditionally used to
    treat mild to moderate depression and some women find it effective against
    mild PMS blues. It is not a recommended treatment for serious depression. It
    may also have side affects and can hinder the effectiveness of other
    drugs, including the contraceptive pill.

Is My
Alternative PMS Treatment Working?

Only ever
take one course of alternative treatment at a time. If you see no change in
your PMS symptoms after three months, go back and see your health care
provider. And remember, whether or not alternative treatments work out for you,
good communication between you and your doctor will nearly always lead to a solution.
Don’t give up and don’t suffer alone.

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