In premenstrual syndrome, women are troubled by a variety of symptoms that start about 7-10 days before menstrual period and ease when the period begins. PMS consists of a wide variety of physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. Physical symptoms include headache, constipation, sleep problems, food carvings, bloating, weight gain, and breast tenderness or lumpiness. Emotional symptoms are depression, low concentration, and absentmindedness. Also, feeling irritable, angry, or anxious for no particular reason. Stress may also contribute to the problem.
- Mood swings and irritability or anger.
- Crying spells.
- Poor memory and concentration.
- Cravings for sweet/salty food.
- Breast tenderness.
- Abdominal bloating.
- Weight gain.
- Joint or muscle pain.
- Acne flare-ups.
- Constipation or diarrhea.
Home Remedies for Premenstrual Syndrome
- Cherries: Eat about 10 cherries daily on an empty stomach for a week before the onset of menstruation.
- Aloe vera: Take 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with a pinch of black pepper, thrice a day before food.
- Nasal drop: Instill 2-3 drops of warm ghee in each nostril which stimulate natural hormones and help to regulate balance of the system.
- Warm compress: Place a warm compress of castor oil on lower abdomen if having abdominal bloating and cramps.
Do’s for Premenstrual Syndrome
- Eat regularly to keep sugar levels steady which keeps away from becoming anxious and irritable.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Include complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Choose foods rich in calcium or take calcium supplement.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
- Reduce intake of salt; use herbs and spices to flavor food instead.
- Try to reduce stress by practicing deep breathing exercise. Also keep your schedule simple for those days.
- Do regular exercise. Go for a brisk walk for 20-30 minutes daily. Regular exercise can alleviate symptoms such as depressed mood.
- Take adequate sleep at night.
Don’ts for Premenstrual Syndrome
- Avoid sugary snacks; if you hungry between meals.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks, and alcohol.
- Still have PMS symptoms after following above advice, or symptoms
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