What Is Premenstrual Syndrome?
Premenstrual syndrome is one of the most common health problems facing women. About one third of the female population experience some sort of PMS. This translates into a lot of missed days at school or work, severe stress on relationships, needless breakups and divorce, as well as a lot of needless suffering. I can’t tell you how many times I have been thanked by women for literally saving their marriage.
The symptoms of PMS begin ten to fourteen days prior to the start of menstruation and end in the first few days after the onset. There are more than 150 symptoms that have been associated with PMS. Listed below are some of the most typical:
irritability, anxiety, moodiness, anger, headaches, skin problems, vertigo, weight gain, bloating, joint pain, back pain, cramps, constipation, diarrhea, sugar craving, sore throat, vision problems, chocolate craving
What Is The Cause of PMS?
PMS is caused by both psychological and physiological imbalances. Psychologically, the primary cause is stress. Physiologically, the primary cause is an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone. Other secondary causes include poor diet, heredity, and lack of exercise.
From the point of view of Oriental medicine, the primary meridian and energy systems involved in most women with PMS are the Liver, Spleen and Kidneys.
What Are Some General Treatments for PMS?
Diet is the first and foremost factor that is within your control. Foods known to increase symptoms of PMS include the following: caffeine, milk, hard cheese, salt, chocolate, sugar, alcohol, beef, pork, lamb, and pickled foods.
Foods helpful in reducing the symptoms of PMS are the following: whole grains, brown rice, oatmeal, millet, pritiken-type breads with no added oils, salt or sugar; all vegetables, but especially beets, carrots, collard greens, mustard greens, and beet tops; fish, and all kinds of beans are your best sources of protein.
Certain vitamin supplements are also helpful depending on your particular needs. The two most important are vitamin B6 for bloating, water retention and magnesium for cramps and uterine pain. Vitamin C is important to combat stress as are all the B vitamins. A good, well-rounded multiple high in vitamin B is a good preventative.
If you suffer from cramps be sure to take twice as much magnesium as you do calcium. Also take evening primrose oil or black current seed oil.
How Can Homeopathy Help With PMS?
For menstrual cramps there are a number of different remedies. Colocynth type of cramps are relieved by doubling up, bending forward, applying pressure or warmth, as are Magnesium phosphoricum cramps.
Always stop taking the remedy if you feel worse or if the symptoms stop. When the symptoms decrease, also stop taking the remedy. If you keep taking the remedy after the symptoms stop, you will cause them to come back again. Note that often only one dose of the correct remedy in the correct potency is all you need. Be sure to follow all the other rules listed in the homeopathy section of this book.
For symptoms of fatigue or weakness, try Calcium carbonate. This remedy will be particulary helpful if you also have headaches, sweating and are cold in general. Also for fatigue is Sepia. For Sepia to be indicated usually you will also have low back pains, cramping in the lower abdomin, loss of interest in sex and an increase in anger and intolerance for others. Depression and moodiness is also common.
For excessive weeping, sadness, or over sensitiveness, a primary remedy is Pulsatilla. Other indications for Pulsatilla are a desire for company, a desire to be outside or to have windows open, nausea, giddiness, fainting, and unpredictable or changeable moods.
Chamomile is another remedy for excessive moodiness, with fault-finding and snapping over little things. It will also show symptoms of cramps that feel like labor pains.
The Lachesis personality may be angry and moody with ovarian pains that are worse on the left side. Dizziness and diarrhea, a dislike for tight clothing or anything tight around the neck are also characteristic of Lachesis.