The Top 5 PMS Symptoms and 3 Natural Treatments | cannabisMD

The Top 5 PMS Symptoms and 3 Natural Treatments

Symptoms and Natural Treatments

In women’s health premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of symptoms you may get weeks before your period starts. Over 90% of women experiences some premenstrual symptoms. For some women their symptoms are so severe that they struggle with daily life. While others are unphased by milder symptoms. On average women in the their 30s are most likely to suffer from PMS symptoms prior to their menstrual cycle.

The Top 5 Physical Symptoms

  • Breast tenderness
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Bloating or a gassy feeling
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Headache or backache

The Top 5 Mental and Emotional Symptoms

  • Irritability, hostile behavior, and quick mood changes
  • Feeling tired
  • Sleep problems (sleeping too much or too little)
  • Appetite changes or food cravings
  • Trouble with concentration or memory

Natural Ways to Treat PMS

If your menstrual period is comes with unbearable PMS, you are not alone. There are few conventional options for treatment, particularly if you have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) including birth control. If you are interested in conventional methods, I recommend speaking to doctor well-informed on obstetrics and gynecology. If more minor, mere lifestyle changes could ease your symptoms.

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Herbal Remedies
If your symptoms are more minor, you could try herbal remedies. Remedies known to alleviate PMS symptoms include:

  • Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
  • Burdock
  • Chaste tree or chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus)
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
  • Dong quai (Angelica sinensis), also known as Chinese Angelica
  • Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)
  • Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
  • Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
  • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
  • Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)
  • Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus)

Exercise, specifically, yoga has been shown to relieve PMS symptoms. Yoga can reduce stress which helps manage PMS symptoms. One study showed that women who participated in a 12-week yoga program had less menstrual pain, cramps and bloating. They had more overall energy and felt better. A different study showed some specific yoga poses are better than others. It suggested “cobra,” “cat,” and “fish” help ease painful cramping (dysmenorrhea).

However, whether you go to the gym, walk, run, dance, etc. your energy exertion will alleviate cramps. Be sure to drink plenty of water in order to stay hydrated. During PMS your heart, muscles, and lymphatic system can benefit from exercise. Your blood cannot circulate unless you exercise.

Research suggests aerobic exercise can lessen depression and fatigue associated with PMS. One study found that women who did 60-minute aerobic sessions three times a week for 8 weeks felt much improved physically, mentally and emotionally. Aerobic exercise is anything that gets your heart rate up, including brisk walking, running, biking and swimming. Exercise helps improve your overall mood by boosting endorphins (brain chemicals which are attached to your mental and emotional health). Increased endorphins may also reduce pain you feel from PMS.

Whatever exercise you do, do not overexert yourself. Research seems to show muscles move differently during the menstrual cycle making it a higher risk of developing injuries. Balancing your exercise routine with cardio, strength training, and stretching, may lower your likelihood of injury. 30 minutes a day is all that is required to see desired results.

Medical Cannabis For Treating PMS

Cannabis has been found to alleviate a wide range of medical conditions, including those the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS and PMDD, such as including insomnia, irritability, depression, and joint pain. Little research has been done on using medical cannabis to treat PMS, but the trend is abound, as even Whoopi Golberg has gotten involved in California.

Women who reported having experienced PMS and PMDD and used cannabis completed an online survey assessing their frequency of use, PMS and PMDD symptoms, expectations of relief from symptoms, and cannabis-related problems. Women were found to expect cannabis to alleviate their symptoms, except for overeating/food cravings. The participants reported cannabis offers relief with fewer negative side effects and is dependent for them.

Medical cannabis, exercise and herbal treatments could all be natural viable ways to treat PMS. If more moderate-extreme you should speak to your doctor and if in a state or country with medical marijuana explore it as a treatment option as it is low in side effects and has shown promise.

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