Some women feel anxious, sad, irritable or experience some aches and pains before their menstrual period arrives. This is the so-called premenstrual syndrome . Let’s get to know it better and see what are the remedies that work to relieve the symptoms.
The PMS has been named in the sixties, when it was considered an ‘imaginary illness’ . Today, several studies have confirmed the existence of this problem that makes about 10% of women suffer a lot in the phase preceding the arrival of the period, 70-75% have problems of a certain importance and only 20% practically not if notices it.
- WHAT IS PREMESTRUAL SYNDROME
- Symptoms that may appear
- PREMESTRUAL SYNDROME: WHY
- NATURAL REMEDIES THAT WORK
- Chaste tree
- Rubus idaeus
- Hot salt packs
- PREMESTRUAL SYNDROME: WHAT TO EAT
- PREMESTRUAL SYNDROME: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND ALTERNATIVE TECHNIQUES
- PREMESTRUAL SYNDROME AND MEN
WHAT IS PREMESTRUAL SYNDROME
With premenstrual syndrome we mean a period of the woman (precisely before the arrival of the menstrual cycle) in which it is possible to experience a series of symptoms both physical and psychological . Generally they begin to show about 7-10 days before the arrival of menstruation, gradually relieving themselves until they disappear when the period appears.
In most cases these are bearable symptoms that can be kept at bay with some natural remedies . In rare situations, PMS becomes such a big problem that it interferes with normal activities.
Symptoms that may appear
During PMS, a woman may experience typical symptoms: back pain, abdominal pain, weakness, migraine, bloating and cramps . Many times the emotional sphere is also affected, so you can find yourself struggling with irritability, nervous hunger but also anxiety and depression.
Other common PMS symptoms are: tightness in the breasts , dizziness, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, crying fits and swollen ankles.
In summary, possible symptoms of PMS are:
- Back pain
- Abdominal pains
- Nervous hunger
- Breast tension
- Diarrheaor constipation
- Crisis of tears
- Swollen ankles
PREMESTRUAL SYNDROME: WHY
According to new research, the work of scholars from the National Institutes Of Health in the United States, the cause of some premenstrual disorders is due to DNA. In fact, it would be a malfunction of the genes that control the response to female sex hormones: estrogen and progesterone.
At the moment, researchers have identified the cause of one of the rarest forms of PMS, called PMS . This affects a range of women ranging from 2% to 5% and is considered a severe form of PMS that occurs in the second half of the cycle.
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According to Rossella Nappi, gynecologist, endocrinologist and sexologist at the Obstetrics and Gynecological Clinic of the San Matteo Polyclinic in Pavia:
“Every woman“ feels ”, more or less, the hormonal fluctuations in the second phase of the cycle, when the progesterone that helps to welcome a new life into the uterus decreases because a pregnancy has not begun. The hypothesis is that from this “failure” premenstrual syndrome is triggered: the quantities of brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, involved in mood, gratification, alertness, change and, depending on the sensitivity threshold, of each woman to these alterations there are more or less intense symptoms “.
Therefore premenstrual syndrome exists and should not be underestimated because it can have a very negative impact on the well-being of the woman and on her daily activities.
NATURAL REMEDIES THAT WORK
Some natural remedies really work in case of PMS even if depending on the symptoms to be countered and the type of more or less abundant and painful menstruation that those who have it, it would be advisable to choose one rather than another (get advice from an expert).
We are often deficient in magnesium , a fundamental mineral as it helps relax the muscles and help the nervous sphere, among other things. If you suffer from PMS it may be helpful to take supplements based on this mineral salt for a shorter or longer period of time (also in this case it is good to ask for advice from an expert).
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The Calendula has an action sfiammante and decongestant , also it helps the blood flow that often when you suffer from premenstrual syndrome is, at least partially blocked. You can prepare a marigold herbal tea perhaps combined with two other herbs among those that we recommend immediately below. Alternatively, the mother tincture can be taken.
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Agnocasto is a plant typically linked to the female sphere , therefore also indicated to regularize the cycle and relieve discomfort and pain that may be felt in the previous phase.
Yarrow is another plant that can remove inflammation and reduce the sense of swelling that often appears during PMS. This, as well as the other herbs and plants that help the woman before the cycle, should actually be used starting from ovulation and until the arrival of menstruation regularly for a period ranging from 3 to 6 months.
If the premenstrual syndrome involves severe pain in the breast, you can take, as advised by the herbalist Beatrice Ciarletti, the glycerine macerate of Rubus idaeus 50 drops twice a day.
If the main ailments mainly concern the sphere of mood, a plant like St. John’s wort perfect for treating depression and mood swings can help. However, it has several side effects to consider, so get advice from an expert who will evaluate whether it is the right remedy for you or not.
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Hot salt packs
Making hot salt packs in the kidney area can help both poor flow and muscle relaxation thus alleviating the discomfort associated with PMS.
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hot water bottle
As an alternative to salt packs, the classic hot water bottle can also work as it helps relieve abdominal cramps.