That time of the month when your body hurts because you’re about to begin menses . . .

Premenstrual Syndrome

PMS is probably the most common condition that I will be discussing here. I just had to include it.

I think that at least most people can relate to the crazy feelings that seem to occur around the same time every month. The cramping, the nausea, fatigue, headaches and lets not forget that acne. Most people would think that it’s just a part of being a woman and that it’s a normal part of the “I am woman, hear me roar” rhetoric but it’s not. It is actually uncomfortable and I’m putting it lightly. Some women half to lie in bed under the influence of pain kilers for the days leading up to the start of their menstrual cycle. I am here to tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. You can greatly decrease the symptoms associated wth PMS through diet, supplementation and the use of botanicals! Spoiler alert, it’s mostly diet but well get to that later.

Premenstrual syndrome is a condition that is characterized by decreased energy, tension, irritability, depression, headache, decreased sex drive, breast pain, back pain, abdominal bloating and water retention (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012). Symptoms usually occur in the late luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and dissipate at the beginning of menses. Premenstrual syndrome effects 40% of women (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012). There are several allopathic therapies for premenstrual syndrome including the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as motrin and advil for the pain that is associated the condition. However, there are many supplementation and botanical protocls that can be used to alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

For further reading . . .

Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.





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