Natural & Herbal Remedies for PMS PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME

Practitioner treatment is recommended for this condition.

PMS is a combination of troublesome symptoms that some women experience before the onset of each period. These include: nervous tension, irritability, anger, low mood, sore breasts, bloated stomach, lack of concentration, and cravings for sugar and chocolate. There are many herbs that can help, but they need to be matched carefully to your individual symptoms.

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Treatment options

• Take evening primrose oil in capsules. Adults: 3g daily from mid-cycle to the onset of your period.

• Take calming herbs such as valerian, chamomile (for precautions see post 114) or lemon balm, either singly or in combination (see post 13, on the nervous system, for dosages). Take the herbs from mid-cycle to the onset of your period, and throughout the period itself.

• If you suffer from water retention (sore breasts, bloating) take dandelion leaf tea daily, starting 10 days before your period and stopping with the onset of your period. Adults: 2 cups a day.

Teenagers (11-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the teenager – see post 6.

Prolapse

Uterine prolapse in its early stages and of recent origin can be improved with a simple herbal measure. There should normally be a rapid improvement within days or a couple of weeks, but to maintain the level of improvement reached you may have to continue the treatment for many months.

• Drink shepherd’s purse tea on a daily basis (for precautions see post 140). Adults only: 2-3 cups a day.

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