If you find yourself dreading that time of the month or maybe even the one to two weeks before, you are not alone. This dread can add a dark cloud when you are trying to get on with life. Physical symptoms like tiredness, bloating, tender breasts, fluid retention, not to mention tiredness or low moods are very common.
“My greatest fear is that there is no such thing as PMS,
And that this is my true personality.” -Unknown
Get to know your pre-menstrual natural helpers…
Chaste Tree (Vitex)
Chaste Tree has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries and is especially well known to help acne and other skin flare ups that worsen before a period, as well as the breast soreness and fluid retention.
Chaste Tree influences hormones and therefore is not suitable for anyone already taking hormonal preparations such as the Pill.
Chaste Tree should be taken daily from the start of the cycle. Naturopaths generally consider 3 months the minimum time over which to take Chaste Tree before assessing its effectiveness, though positive changes are often evident in the first month.
Product examples: Flordis ‘Premular’ or Vitex 60 tabs by Fusion.
Vitamin B6 is necessary in a multitude of biochemical pathways. A deficiency in B6 can associated with symptoms like mood changes, fatigue to fluid retention.
Researchers reviewed nine published trials in which vitamin B6 was compared with (an inactive) placebo in more than 900 women with PMS. Doses of vitamin B6 (up to 100mg) were significantly better than placebo in relieving overall pre-menstrual symptoms and in relieving depression associated with premenstrual syndrome.
If taking B6 on an ongoing basis, a B complex (with a variety of B vitamins) is recommended.