Weight gain, mood swings, bloating, headache, acne, tender breasts, backache, irritability, decreased energy and increased food cravings, it can only mean one thing … the monthly visitor is on its way. If you suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), there is hope. Most women find some degree of relief with natural remedies. The best part is that by using these natural health herbs and making diet and lifestyle changes, you get additional health benefits without harmful side effects.
- Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa): contains isoflavones that balance the luteinizing hormone levels, which can stabilize estrogen's effect on your body. Black cohosh can also be used as a mild anti-inflammatory to alleviate pain and swelling.
- Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus): contains flavonoids, iridoid glycosides and terpenoids, which can balance the level of prolactin in your body by acting upon the pituitary gland. Women often notice a decrease in breast tenderness after taking chasteberry.
- Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis): contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that naturally decreases prior to menstruation. It possesses anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting and hormone-balancing properties to ease pain, swelling and PMS symptoms.
- Dong quai (Angelica polymorpha): a popular Chinese herb that regulates hormones and is used as a female tonic. This herb helps relieve menstrual cramps and prevents other troublesome symptoms of PMS.