Natural Remedies for PMS
Your hormones play a much larger role in your life than you may think, especially for women during their menstruation. As Claudia Welch once stated, “Hormones are the ever present servants of our mental and physical balance.” And women, know this better than anyone. It is estimated that up to 75% of women are affected by PMS during their childbearing years. PMS is directly affected by your hormones, more specifically hormone imbalances. Luckily, there are some natural remedies for PMS. But what is this condition and how can you regulate it?
To understand PMS you have to first understand your hormones and how they play a role in triggering PMS symptoms. PMS stands for premenstrual syndrome. This refers to a wide variety of symptoms that women may experience starting at the second half of their cycle including anxiety, hormonal acne, bloating, breast tenderness, food cravings, nausea, and weight gain. Abdominal cramping and heavy bleeding can normally occur during menses. There are so many factors that can cause these symptoms to show up, or even worsen over time for women. However, hormone imbalances take the driver’s seat in the onset of these physical expressions.
Estrogen is the yin of hormones, meaning it is the balancing and nourishing sex hormone. Progesterone is the yang within the yin of hormones. This means it is the energizing hormone that produces the stress hormones to trigger sex hormones. If you can imagine these two hormones working synergistically, you will notice that one cannot function without the other. That means that if one or even both are out of sync, these hormones will throw off the entire qi (energy force) of one’s body.
Knowing how to balance your hormones will help balance out your life. There are certain herbs that can be taken to help assist, alongside proper nutrition and stress relief rituals like acupuncture.
When taking supplements and herbs for PMS, you want to make sure you are easing these traditional medicines into your system, so you do not shock your body into creating any adverse reactions. One great herb that has been shown to help alleviate PMS symptoms is Dang Gui. This special herb helps to balance out hormones and regulate PMS symptoms. It contains a compound called phytoestrogens, which help balance out estrogens within the body to avoid the rollercoaster of hormones that can cause irritability, anxiety, depression, and many other symptoms. This is also a great herb for hormonal acne, another symptom of PMS.
Another very popular herb that is used in traditional Chinese medicine for PMS is Chai Hu. It reacts directly on the gallbladder and liver channels to release the blocked energy through this part of the body. It helps alleviate symptoms of dry throat, nausea, irritability, and menstrual cramps.
Tao Ren is also widely used in these healing practices. It helps activate blood circulation and eliminate blood stasis. It’s commonly used to treat amenorrhea, menstrual pain, as well as postpartum abdominal pain.
Trusting your provider and what supplements/herbs they are recommending to you is vital when taking care of your health. When supplementing with herbs, if they do not come from a trusted source, you could end up doing more damage to your body than good. Robert Youngs’ Women’s Harmony and Women’s Relief use ingredients that are of the highest quality non-GMO ingredients and are sourced from trusted places around the world.
We find that when Women’s Harmony or an herbal formula like Jia Wei Xiao Yao is taken for 2-3 months, the level of PMS cramps and pain decrease by about 40% each month and pain decreases from as high as a 9/10 down to a 1 or 2/10. The period also becomes more regular.. This means that hormonal balance has been achieved. At that point, we slowly decrease dose size until they are off of the herbs.
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