PMS Herbal Remedies
The effects of PMS range from mild to devastating an include edema, breast pain, depression,nervous tension, cramps, cravings, and more.
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While the exact symptom set may differ from woman to woman, the condition suggests an imbalance of estrogen, prolactin, adrenal, and thyroid hormones. Herbal remedies for "the period before your period" not only address the physical symptoms and the underlying hormonal imbalance, but also comfort the emotional upset as well.
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- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Research shows that vitex works primarily on the pituitary gland to stabilize and balance the hormonal fluctuations that women experience every month. Useful in PMS, infertility and menopausal problems
- Marlene Ericksen. "Healing with Aromatherapy" McGraw-Hill, (2000) Geranium is often recommended for hormonal conditions such as menopause and PMS.
- Phyllis A. Balch. "Prescription for Herbal Healing" Avery, (2002) Black Cohosh helps to relieve the stress and nervous tension that accompany a woman's menses.
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Extracts if corn silk are potent diuretics, giving rise to their use for all sorts of kidney-related and urinary complaints. The diuretic effect comes in handy for water retention and tissue swelling (whether from PMS or kidney disease), cystistis, urinary tract infections.
- Rosemary Gladstar. "Herbal Healing for Women" Fireside, (1993) The amphoteric qualities of motherwort make it both a sedative and stimulant herb for menstrual stress, tension, water retention, and PMS.
- Rosemary Gladstar. "Herbal Healing for Women" Fireside, (1993) Dandelion leaf is highly effective for menstrual bloating, PMS, and the breast tenderness associated with water retention
- Marlene Ericksen. "Healing with Aromatherapy" McGraw-Hill, (2000) When applied to breasts before and during menstruation, geranium can reduce the pain and swelling associated with PMS.
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Over-the-counter premenstrual diuretics ( such as Fluidex or Odrinil) contain buchu as an active ingredient. The diosphenol in buchu helps kill bacteria, and the diuretic action helps to flush out the urinary tract.
- Susun Weed. "New Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way" Ashtree, (2002) St. John's wort oil, gently stroked onto aching breasts, penetrates the nerve endings and relieves pain.
- Phyllis A. Balch. "Prescription for Herbal Healing" Avery, (2002) There is general agreement among herb experts that this dong quai helps stop cramping and migraine attacks of PMS, and eases the pain of ovarian cysts. There is less agreement over whether it stops hot flashes