Herbs for PMS
PMS Symptoms Every Month? There is an herb for that!
I originally provided this article for a reporter wanting information on supplements and holistic remedies for PMS symptoms. However, she did not use the information I provided as she wanted it from an OBGYN.
I’m not sure what kind of information those readers are going to receive since a traditional doctor typically knows very little, if any, information on herbs and supplements for hormonal issues (or for many other health issues for that matter). In my personal experience the only solution offered was birth control and synthetic hormones.
It’s ironic that since I am not a doctor I cannot give any medical advice (obviously) but a doctor who has typically zero training in herbs and supplements (and nutrition) can give all the information they want on these topics. Sadly, they often provide incorrect information.
Herbal Solutions for your PMS
Start with one herb at a time to see how your body responds (we all respond to herbs differently). Start with the PMS symptom that is giving you the greatest difficulty and address that one first.
There are other herbal options for PMS but this list is a great place to start and you should be able to find most of these in your local health food store. It is best if you avoid store brands from generic chain stores as research has shown that these products often do not contain what they claim to contain.
To balance hormones and prevent mood swings:
Shatavari root/2 droppers 2-3 times per day. This herb is considered an adaptogen.
Kudzu root: also, to balance hormones. Good for PMS acne and mood swings. Take 2 droppers 2-3 times per day
Maca root: hormone balancer and helpful for menopausal symptoms. Use one heaping teaspoon and up to one tablespoon 1-3 timed daily. You can add this to your morning smoothie.
Burdock root: start slow with this herb! Start with one dropper and don’t double dose until 4-7 days later. Doing so too soon may increase your acne!
Dandelion root: this is a gentle liver stimulant. Take 1-2 caps 2 times per day.
Shepherds purse: 1 dropper 1-3 times per day or
Yarrow leaf or nettle leaf (1 dropper 4-6 times per day)
Dandelion leaf is the “go to” herb for in this case. Use one dropper 1-3 times per day
Cramp bark: 1 dropper 3-6 times per day
Add in magnesium supplementation and dark leafy greens as cramps may be caused by magnesium deficiency.
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Blankenship.V. (2016) Holistic Healing for Women’s Health. Sage Herbal Foundations Program. Colorado Springs, CO.
Cech, R. (2016) Making Plant Medicine. Oregon: Herbal Reads
Hoffman, D. (2003) Medical Herbalism. VT: Healing Arts Press
Mars, B. (2007) The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine. CA: Basic Health Publications
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