Alternative Therapies for Premenstrual Syndrome
Curing Premenstrual Tension Naturally
Is Moodiness, Pain and Bloating Paralyzing Your Life In the Days Leading Up to Your Period? Just what is premenstrual tension also known as PMS anyway and why does it cause most women so much misery?
When considering which natural substances to use for nourishing a woman's sexual vitality, the traditional focus is on herbal products that help to modulate female hormones. Yet, there are natural medicines that enhance blood flow, and these are also critical to a woman's optimal sexual satisfaction. These latter substances are discussed in the section about nutrients that are supportive for both genders. Female-specific herbs include dong quai (Angelica sinensis), black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), chaste tree (Vitex agnus castus), and wild yam (Dios-corea villosa). Each of these herbs has the ability to modulate and amplify, as needed, the body's hormonal balance. They have all been used traditionally to address the signs and symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and menopause. (See Chapter 16 on female hormones.) Beyond herbal medicine, some good holistic approaches can maximize well-being and optimize sexual functioning. Some common lifestyle-improvement tips include...
It can be processed into a number of fermented and non-fermented food products. Research into phytochemicals has shown that soybean contains phytoestrogens, and so may help in managing irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal hot flushes and post-menopausal problems such as osteoporosis, fatigue and vaginal dryness (Holt, 1998 Connie, 1999). It may also help guard against cancers, including prostate cancer.
Progesterone is commonly prescribed to treat menopausal symptoms, abnormal uterine bleeding, premenstrual syndrome, endometrial hyperplasia, and infertility. Progesterone causes uterine smooth-muscle relaxation.57 Low levels of progesterone can cause a relative estrogen excess excessive estrogen is implicated in endometriosis. Thus, a clinical trial of progesterone therapy in conjunction with immunologic and inflammatory modulation of the internal biochemical milieu appears to be a rational approach to treating endometriosis.
Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) is an important coenzyme in the biosynthesis of several important neurotransmitters, including GABA, dopamine, and serotonin, all of which may be affected in anxiety. Pyridoxine deficiency causes an increased sympathetic discharge and hypertension in animals that have been suggested to reflect a decrease in production of GABA, dopamine, and serotonin. In addition, supplementing pyridoxine in these animals lowered their blood pressure.6 In another study, the use of magnesium and pyridoxine on anxiety-related premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms was investigated. Researchers showed that women who were supplemented 200 mg of magnesium with 50mg of pyridoxine daily experienced significant reductions in anxiety-related PMS symptoms, including irritability, nervous tension, and generalized anxiety.7