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Discovering Natural Remedies for PMS

[19 Jun 2011 | No Comments | | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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There are many treatments that a doctor may advise a woman to use to help with the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) including medications that can have nasty side effects. Many women opt instead of use natural remedies for PMS because they can then avoid these nasty side effects while still getting relief from the symptoms of PMS.

Natural remedies are those they can do at home and include diet improvements, exercise, relaxation and other techniques to reduce stress and the use of therapies and also herbal remedies.

Diet improvements include eating smaller, more frequent meals to avoid the bloating and sensation of fullness that can occur when a woman eats larger meals. She can also limit the intake of salt and salty foods in order to reduce bloating. If she eats foods that are high in carbohydrates, such as fruits and vegetables not only will she be healthier but also she will avoid constipation. Foods rich in calcium are excellent for all women but especially for those experiencing PMS symptoms. Her doctor may recommend taking a calcium and multivitamin supplement. She will also benefit from avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

Exercise is excellent for all women but for those with PMS it can mean that they will experience better moods, less fatigue and less depression. They should exercise at least 30 minutes 4 to 5 times each week. Physical activity such as going for a brisk walk, cycling, swimming or aerobic activity is all great ways to reduce PMS symptoms.

Relaxation techniques can reduce stress experienced by most women with PMS. Deep-breathing exercising can reduce headaches, relieve anxiety and improve sleep for those suffering from insomnia, a common PMS symptom.

Yoga and massage therapy are also great for learning how to relax and to relieve stress.

Natural remedies including taking vitamin and mineral supplements and herbal remedies to relieve symptoms of PMS.

Calcium (1,200 milligrams of dietary and supplemental calcium daily or taking chewable calcium carbonate found in over-the-counter preparations such as Tums, Rolaids, and other similar OTC tablets can reduce both physical and psychological symptoms of PMS.

Women with PMS can also take 400 mg of magnesium supplements daily to reduce fluid retention (bloating) and breast tenderness.

50 mg to 100 mg of vitamin B6 may help with some other PMS symptoms.

Vitamin E 400 international units daily can ease PMS symptoms of cramping and breast tenderness.

Herbal remedies include taking herbs such as black cohosh, ginger, dandelion, chasteberry, evening primrose oil and raspberry leaf.

Natural progesterone creams which are derived from wild yams and soybeans have been reported to be effective in treating PMS symptoms.

Yoga and other deep-breathing exercises have been found to be useful for women with PMS.

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