Suffering From PMS

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Q. My daughter appears to be suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), is there a test she could take and would the herb agnus castus be appropriate to try?

A. According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (rcog.org.uk), ‘Forty per cent of women experience PMS symptoms. Of those, five to eight per cent suffer severely. PMS encompasses psychological sympyoms such as depression, anxiety and irritability, with physical symptoms typically bloatedness and mastalgia [breast pain].’ Read More…

PMS – fragile

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Q: I’m in my mid-30s and generally healthy, but I feel very fragile before my periods. I either want to cry or snap someone’s head off, have food cravings and put on weight. My GP suggests taking the pill but I prefer natural medicine.

A: As many as 30 per cent of women can experience moderate to severe PMS, according to the National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (pms.org.uk). ‘The symptoms may be severe enough to affect their relationships and ability to cope with home life and work. It can feel like being on a hormonal rollercoaster and may even lead to depression,’ says nutritionist and women’s health expert Marilyn Glenville, author of Overcoming PMS The Natural Way (Piatkus, £8.99).

The term PMS (premenstrual syndrome) describes any symptoms that occur after ovulation and disappear as soon as the period arrives. Read More…

Coping With Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a condition which occurs between 7 and 14 days before menstruation. The symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome are thought to arise as a result of an imbalance in female hormones, mostly an excess of oestrogen in relation to progesterone. Typical symptoms include headaches, tender breasts, bloating, abdominal cramping, irritability and often a lack of energy. There are a number of remedies that are recommended to alleviate Premenstrual Syndrome and often the consumer is faced with having to take several supplements when this may not be necessary. I am going to outline a simple regimen which for the majority helps alleviate this concern.

Firstly, I would recommend the use of ChasteBerry Fruit by Swanson. This traditional herb, also known as Agnus Castus, acts on the pituitary gland to increase the secretion of luteinising hormone which leads to greater production of progesterone during the second half of the menstrual cycle. In this way, ChasteBerry Fruit exerts a balancing effect on the activity of the female sex hormones and hence alleviates many premenstrual symptoms. Read More…