Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is combination of physical, psychological, or emotional disturbances that occur during certain days of the menstrual cycle, usually, a few days before the menses. It affects up to 85% of the menstruating women and the severity of PMS symptoms varies from woman to woman.
- You may experience abdominal pain or bloating.
- Sore or tender breasts is also a sign of PMS.
- You may have food cravings.
- Constipation, diarrhea are also some of the symptoms of PMS.
- You may notice acne on your face.
- Fatigue, headaches are also indications of PMS.
- You may experience emotional/behavioural symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, sadness, mood-swings, crying spells, etc.
- Hormone changes; levels of progesterone and oestrogen rise and fall during menstrual cycle. Hormone changes contribute a lot to symptoms of PMS.
- Chemical changes in the brain: Hormone changes affect the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin. Fluctuations or reduction in serotonin levels cause mood changes, depression, and sadness.
- Poor diet; eating too much or too less contribute to PMS symptoms.
- External factors such as stress, depression, weight gain, lack of exercise, all make your PMS symptoms worse.
Home Remedies To Cure Premenstrual Syndrome
- Ginger is an excellent home remedy for PMS. It helps reduce the severity of premenstrual syndrome.
- Add one teaspoon of chopped ginger to a cup of boiling water. Leave it for 5 minutes, strain and drink 3-4 cups daily at least for a week before your menses.
Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy for reducing some of the PMS symptoms such as bloating, cramping, fatigue, headaches, etc.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and little organic honey to a glass of water. Drink this mixture twice a day.
- The omega-3 fatty acids of flax-seeds is very helpful for reducing PMS symptoms such as sore breasts, depression, anxiety, headaches, and more.
- Eat 1 tablespoon of powdered flax-seeds daily.
- You can also include flax-seeds in your daily diet.
- Chasteberry or vitex, help to regulate prolactin, a hormone that is believed to be contributed factor in PMS symptoms.
- Consume about 400 mg of standard extract of vitex daily.
- Alternatively, take 100 mg of vitex extract twice daily.
- Another option is, take 40 drops of vitex tincture daily.
Calcium/Magnesium rich foods
- Calcium helps balancing hormones and relieves PMS symptoms. Magnesium reduces symptoms like sore breasts, bloating, etc.
- Regularly consume calcium/magnesium rich foods such as beans, nuts, bananas, green leafy vegetables.