The problem of «premenstrual syndrome» is not new but it wasn’t really confessed by medicine for many years. But in spite of the opinion of doctors, half of the women in their reproductive years face the physical and emotional changes, which occur to them a few days before menstruation. Actually if the state a woman feels is really a PMS, all the symptoms should disappear in a few days after menstruation or during the menstruation itself. If they don’t disappear the reason of the problem may be hormones or something else, but not PMS.
Why thousands of women suffer from “premenstrual syndrome”? Actually it is because of chemical changes in their bodies, which occur in connection with coming menstruation. Levels of some hormones fall and levels of some other hormones increase.
As it was already mentioned half of the women or even more have first-hand knowledge about PMS. Some of them feel worse others not so bad but all of them would really want to get rid of these symptoms or at least to relieve them. Today a great amount of pills and supplements exist to help women to overcome this problem. They contain useful vitamins and, sometimes, hormones, and certainly they help and can be used. But not all of women want and can afford using chemicals for their health. So what should they do? For these cases so-called natural remedies are known. For centuries people were studying useful properties of nature around them, and thanks to that, today we have priceless knowledge about how to cope with our health problems with the help of herbs. Here you’ll see some right herbs which can help any woman to maintain stable mood and hormonal balance during premenstrual time.
First of all Chaste tree berry (sometimes known as vitex). It is most widely used in treating PMS syndrome and considered to be the most helpful one. It is an approved herb for PMS which shows its profitability again and again. Since ancient times it was used to cure lots of women’s problems. Vitex regulates blood flow which helps to relieve pain. It is a safe and effective treatment for PMS.
Another best helping herb is Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa). It acts as hormonal balancer. It also helps to relieve menstrual spasms.
Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is a great immune strengthener. It also regulates amount of sugar in blood. It helps to overcome weakness and to depression, calms down and relaxes women when they feel irritation or emotional immoderation. The herb also can help you to cope with sleeplessness.
Evening Primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) is derived from the flowers’ seeds and it is useful because of its containing of an essential fatty acid, called gamma linoleic acid (GLA). It helps to reduce PMS symptoms to those women who have shortage of GLA in their organisms. It is advised to use 3-4 grams of it per day, and it will be more useful if to use it over several menstrual cycles.
If lack of GLA is your main problem Star flower oil (Borago officinalis) has even higher content of it. It used the same as evening primrose oil but it is not so widespread.
Dong quai or angelica root (Angelica sinensis) is sometimes called “Women’s Ginseng” and has been always used in Chinese medicine as an overall tonic for women’s health. It helps women to get rid of premenstrual migraine and to cope with tiredness.
St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is considered to be a great antidepressant. It is also an excellent tranquilizer which helps to conquer depression and insomnia. There is a lot of hypericin in St John’s Wort flowers which has a mood elevating effect.
Certainly there are much more herbs and other natural sources that can help women to overcome the problems of premenstrual syndrome. If one natural remedy doesn’t help you, it is not a reason to give up at all. We all are different and if the thing helps to one person, it doesn’t mean that it will help to another in the same way. All of us are individuals and you should just try to find something that will be better for you.
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