Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the symptoms women experience one to two weeks before menstruation. Symptoms include mood swings, anxiety, headaches, bloating, cramps, sugar cravings, weight gain and more. If symptoms are severe, relationships, work life and general well-being all suffer, and women may seek medical treatment.

Treatment Beyond Drugs

You don’t have to suffer — and you don’t have to take harmful drugs. Conventional treatments for PMS include over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, birth control pills and prescription medications that have adverse side effects.

Are drugs necessary to relieve PMS symptoms? No! Natural or integrative PMS treatments are available. PMS symptoms can be dramatically relieved through dietary and lifestyle changes that counter the hormone imbalances responsible for PMS.

PMS and Hormone Imbalances

PMS is caused by monthly hormone imbalances — estrogen levels increase and progesterone levels decrease. Your hormone imbalance is aggravated by:

  • Processed sugars
  • Refined-carbohydrates
  • Hormone-containing dairy and meat products
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Lack of exercise
  • Estrogen-laden pesticides
  • Pollution

Natural PMS Treatments at Gentle Wellness Center

The following natural treatments have proven successful in relieving PMS symptoms. Consult your clinician for more information and specific dosages.

  • Improve Your Diet
    • Eliminate sugar, refined flour and processed foods
    • Avoid caffeine, dairy and alcohol
    • Increase dietary fiber (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans)
    • Eat foods that contain omega-3 fats
    • Eat organic foods
    • Don’t skip meals; eat evenly throughout the day
    • Consume protein at breakfast
    • Don’t eat within three hours of bedtime
  • Take Supplements
    • Multivitamin
    • Calcium citrate
    • Magnesium citrate or glycinate
    • Primrose oil
    • Omega-3 fats
    • Taurine
    • Herbs and phytonutrients such as Chasteberry, wild yam, dandelion root, Chinese herbs, flax seeds and isoflavones
  • Exercise Regularly
    • Participate in 30-minute sessions of aerobic exercise, 4 to 5 times a week
  • Reduce Stress
    • Talk to a counselor to learn stress management techniques
    • Enjoy a hot bath in the evening
    • Schedule massage therapy
    • Take a yoga class
    • Practice meditation
    • Try deep breathing
  • Alternative, Holistic Therapies
    • Use homeopathic remedies
    • Try acupuncture