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Herbs to Treat Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome is a complaint that usually begins one week to a few days before the onset of menstruation, and disappear after menstruation comes, although sometimes continues until menstruation stops. Premenstrual syndrome will cause uncomfortable feelings such as anxiety, depression, mood instability, fatigue, weight gain, bloating, breast pain, cramps and back pain that can arise around 7-10 days before the onset of menstruation and peaked at during menstruation arises.


Causes of Premenstrual syndrome:

The cause of premenstrual syndrome is not yet clear, but may be one factor that plays a role is an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone with consequent fluid and sodium retention, weight gain, and sometimes edema.


Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome:

The complaint consists of emotional disorders such as irritability, anxiety, insomnia, headache, flatulence, nausea, enlargement and breast pain, and so on, were in severe cases are depression, fear, impaired concentration, and an increase in physical symptoms above.


Factors Affecting Premenstrual Syndrome:

  • Diet
Factors such as eating high sugar, salt, coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks, dairy products and processed foods can aggravate the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome.
  • Deficiency of macro and micro nutrients
Deficiency of macro nutrients (energy, protein) and micronutrients, such as lack of vitamin B (particularly B6), vitamin E, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, linoleic fatty acid.
  • Relationship Status
Marital status and health status also have relevance. Married women generally have substantial morbidity and mortality, and usually have lower physical and mental health are better than women who are not married.

A study in 1994 titled Biological, Social and Behavioral Factors Associated with Premenstrual Syndrome involving 874 women in Virginia found that people who are married tend to have a lower risk for experiencing premenstrual syndrome (3.7%) than in those who not married (12.6).
  • Age
Premenstrual Syndrome increasingly interfere with the increasing age, especially between the ages of 30-45 years old. Risk factors most associated with Premenstrual Syndrome is a factor of increasing age, the study found that most women who seek treatment Premenstrual Syndrome are those aged over 30 years. Despite the fact that revealed that some adolescents experience the same symptoms and the same strength as the Premenstrual Syndrome experienced by older women.
  • Stress
Stress can come from both internal and external in her. Stress is a predisposition to the onset of some diseases, so that the necessary condition both physically and mentally to cope with the stress of the attack. Stress may play a significant role in the level of severity of symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.


Prevention and management of premenstrual syndrome include:

  • Education and counseling
Procedures for the first time is to convince a woman that another woman was there who had the same complaint when menstruating. Recording regular monthly menstrual cycle a woman can give an idea about the timing of the premenstrual syndrome. Very useful for a woman with premenstrual syndrome to recognize symptoms that will occur so as to anticipate the time of the month when sedag emotional instability occurs.
  • Lifestyle modification
Women with these symptoms should discuss the problem with someone close, whether couples, friends, and family. Sometimes confrontation or argument can be avoided if the family and friends understand and identify the cause of an unstable woman.
  • Diet (consumption patterns)
Decrease your intake of salt and carbohydrates (rice, potatoes, bread) to prevent edema (swelling) in some women. Decrease intake of caffeine (coffee) can also reduce tension, anxiety and insomnia (sleeplessness). A diet is recommended more frequently but in small portions as evidence that during the premenstrual period are impaired glucose uptake for energy. Keeping weight because excess weight can increase the risk of suffering from premenstrual syndrome.
  • Sports / exercise
Sports such as running is said to reduce premenstrual syndrome complaints. Exercise can reduce stress by having the time to get out of the house and an outlet for anger or anxiety that occurs. Some women say that exercise when they have premenstrual syndrome can aid relaxation and sleep at night.
  • Drugs
If the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome so severe to interfere with daily activities, general modifications rarely successful life and need to be helped with medication.


There are some herbs that can be used to treat premenstrual syndrome, among others:

Cabbage - Brassica oleracea var. capitata crushed (made juice) and drink regularly 2 times a day.
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December 7, 2012 at 7:41 PM

great tips thanks for sharing!

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