Women's Health - PMS


Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the name of a group of symptoms that usually start up to 14 days before your period (menstruation). The symptoms usually stop soon after your period begins.

Most women feel some mild discomfort before their periods. But if you have PMS, you may feel so anxious, depressed or uncomfortable that you can't cope at home or at work. Some of the symptoms of PMS are listed in the box below. Your symptoms may be worse some months and better others.


  • Acne
  • Back pain
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Changes in appetite, including cravings for certain foods
  • Constipation
  • Crying spells
  • Depression
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Feeling irritable, tense or anxious
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Hot flashes
  • Joint pain
  • Mood swings
  • Not feeling as interested in sex
  • Tender and swollen breasts
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Wanting to be alone
  • Weight gain


Our Integrative Approach
There is no cure for PMS. Conventionally, medications prescribed include diuretics, antidepressants, anti-inflammotory pain killers such as ibuprofen and birth control pills. We prefer that you eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and take supplements that relieve many of the symptoms above. Vitamin B6 for example will help with mood, and magnesium will relax the muscles and therefore relieve the cramps. Our approach is to identify imbalances, correct them, and supplement using herbal and nutrition support.

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