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Treating PMS the Herbal Way

Treating PMS the Herbal Way

Women deal with PMS or premenstrual syndrome. They are physical and psychological symptoms that usually show up about one or two weeks before a woman gets her period. It could last until the monthly menstrual cycle ends. Some of the most common symptoms are headache, mood swings, and cramps. Every woman differs. Some suffer a lot of symptoms, some only a few, and others none at all. The cause of PMS is still not found out but many medical experts believe that it has something to do with changes in hormonal levels inside the body. In advocating women’s health care, we have come up with some of the remedies for PMS readily found in nature.

Chasteberry is one of the most preferred by scientists for treating breast pains brought about by PMS. It is a shrub that grows in Southern Europe and Central Asia. There is a theory that chasteberry suppresses the release of prolactin which is a hormone that has something to do with the production of breast milk that causes breast pain. Women who have been treated with chasteberry report the reduction of breast pain, thus reinforcing the theory. There is another finding that if chasteberry is combined with St. John’s wort, it could suppress the levels of depression, anxiety and cravings.

Evening primrose oil is also believed to attend to breast pain though this belief lacks supporting evidences.

Gingko biloba is also utilized for treatment of breast tenderness and neuropsychological symptoms. St. Johns’ wort deals with depression. Dandelion leaf takes care of bloating.

The only problem among herbal treatment is the insufficiency of rigorous researches. Because of this, the effectiveness of such herbal treatments still is not well established.

However, not because they are natural remedies mean that they do not have side effects. Here are some points to remember. First, chasteberry may interfere with the intake of birth control pills, antipsychotic drugs, and estrogen supplements. It is best to first consult with your trusted health care provider before trying chasteberry especially when you are taking at least one of the aforementioned meds. Next, evening primrose oil may cause more bleeding most especially for people who intake blood thinners. Dandelion leaf may induce an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to ragweed. It could also interfere with drug lithium and some forms of antibiotics. St. John’s wort also interferes with a variety of medicines like birth control pills. It is strongly recommended to consult with your physician before taking this herbal remedy if you are also taking other prescriptions.

Before diving into using a natural remedy, it is still best to first talk with your health care provider. Though these are readily available in nature and do not require any form of prescription from the doctor, using them without enough knowledge may cause greater troubles. Your doctor must be provided with a complete and detailed picture of what you are going to take to be able to guide you in taking care of your health. It is always better safe than sorry.

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