What is premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of emotional and physical symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms occur one to two weeks before a menstrual period starts. The most common symptoms are depression, mood swings, anxiety, loss of concentration, fatigue, food cravings, trouble sleeping, headaches, breast tenderness, water retention, acne flare-ups, constipation or diarrhea and more. The symptoms vary from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle. For some women, the symptoms may be mild or moderate, and for others they are severe enough to affect their daily routines and activities. For most women, PMS symptoms disappear as soon as the menstrual period begins.
What are the causes of Premenstrual Syndrome?
Hormone changes play an important role in PMS. Chemical changes in the brain, depression, stress and improper eating habits can aggravate PMS.
How does Chinese medicine treat Premenstrual Syndrome?
In the Chinese medical perspective, energy flow through the liver and kidneys is the main factor that affects menstrual periods. Therefore, we need to soothe the liver and support the kidney system to ensure that they are in balance. In doing so, your hormone levels and other chemicals in your body will be in balance as well. Chinese herbal medicine for PMS helps to harmonize the kidney and liver systems in order to balance the hormones. It also soothes your mind to allow you to better deal with anxiety, depression, and to improve your sleep.
For how long do I need to take the PMS formula to see results?
If you start taking the Formula at the end of one period, most people will see results in the next period cycle, though it may take 1 to 2 months to get rid of PMS completely.
Nutrition tips for Premenstrual Syndrome:
To manage menstrual pain:
Cut down your intake of fat by reducing consumption of meat, whole milk, full-fat cheese, butter and egg yolks. The saturated fat in these foods contains a type of prostaglandin that triggers muscle contraction, and this will make your menstrual cramps worse.
Eat more fish, nuts and seeds. Some fish such as salmon, trout and mackerel, and certain nuts and seeds like flax, sunflower, sesame, pumpkin and walnuts contain certain fatty acids that can help to relax the muscles and reduce menstrual pain.
Eat low-fat yogurt since it contains high levels of calcium. High intake of calcium and vitamin D will not only reduce the severity of menstrual cramp symptoms, but will prevent them from developing in the first place.
To manage mood swings:
Depression is often associated with a low level of serotonin. Eating foods that are rich in carbohydrates can help to raise your levels of serotonin, thereby alleviating the depression. Foods rich in carbohydrates include
wheat, whole grains, lean protein, dairy products, fruits and vegetables.
To reduce bloating and water retention:
Decreasing the amount of salt in the diet can help to offset bloating and fluid retention. Try to also minimize your intake of sugar since excess refined sugar consumption can increase insulin production which may aggravate bloating.
To improve your quality of sleep:
Increase your intake of magnesium-rich food, such as salmon, halibut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, black beans and spinach. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine during the day and avoid them during the evening.