PMS, short for premenstrual syndrome, refers to physical as well as emotional symptoms that most women experience a fortnight or a week before their menstrual periods start.
Mood swings, anger outbursts, cramps, irritability, etc. are the most common PMS symptoms and women tend to mistakenly treat them with various antidepressants, pain killers and birth control pills to no avail. One sure shot way to get rid of PMS symptoms is to use herbal remedies. Here are some of the best herbs that treat PMS from the scratch that too without any side effects.
Best Herbal Remedies For PMS
This particular herb has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a diuretic. Hence, it reduces excessive fluid from the body and alleviates bloating – a common PMS symptom. It regulates the liver so as to make it strong enough for clearing excess hormone and reducing high estrogen levels.
Also known as vitex, chasteberry has been in use since ancient times as a remedy for various women-related problems. Its active compounds affect the estrogen receptors as well as the feel-good neurotransmitter called dopamine.Hence, its regular intake helps in curing various PMS symptoms such as bloating, cramps, irritability, depression and breast tenderness. It also regularizes the menstrual cycle. However, expecting and lactating mothers should avoid its use.
Native to China, this particular herb has been in use for decades as a remedy for various PMS symptoms such as insomnia, mood swings, headache, menstrual cramps, etc. Dong quai is otherwise also known as ‘female tonic’. Its effectiveness gets doubled when used along with black cohosh.
Its strong anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties help in alleviating menstrual cramps. The active component in dong quai – coumarin – stimulate the central nervous system and ensure increased blood flow to the body parts. This way it relaxes the smooth uterine muscles and offer relief from menstrual cramps. It also contains phytoestrogens that balance the hormone level in the body and hence excessive estrogen in women’s body.
Native to Peru, Maca has been in use since decades as a remedy for fertility disorders. However, it also treats PMS symptoms such as low sex drive, anxiety, mood swings and stress.Maca ensures hormonal balance in the body and hence it helps the person deal with day-to-day stress and anxiety. It is also helpful for women who are in perimenopause stage -often with aggravated PMS symptoms – and menopausal stage.
Ginkgo biloba deals with common PMS symptoms like breast tenderness and fluid retention. Since it is traditionally used for improving memory, it helps in dealing neuropsychological symptoms of PMS such as lack of concentration, forgetfulness, confusion and decreased self-esteem.
This particular herb is well known as a remedy for menopause symptoms. But recent studies confirm that it aids in alleviating major PMS symptoms especially sleep disturbances as well as irritability.Black cohosh has mild anti-inflammatory properties and it balances luteinizing hormone. It is also popular among women because of its estrogen-like quality and is extremely helpful for women who have reduced estrogen levels.
St. John’s Wort
This herb effectively deals with PMS symptoms like mood swings and depression. However, women already on birth control pills should not use this herb as it interferes with the medication. The best part of using this herb as an antidepressant is that it has no side effects unlike other pharmaceutical drugs for depression.
This herb is popular as a calming herb and relieves PMS symptoms like insomnia, restlessness and anxiety. Lemon balm contains terpenes that account for its relaxing properties.Another active agent in lemon balm called eugenol calms muscle spasms. Pregnant women, people with thyroid-related problems like Grave’s disease and people suffering from night sweats should avoid using this herb.