Premenstrual Tension or premenstrual syndrome:-
Premenstrual tension (PMT) is a cyclical disorder characterized by nonspecific somatic and psychological symptoms which begin to show about 10 to 12 days prior to the onset of menstruation. The symptoms wear off once the menstruation begins.
Extensive research has failed to establish the cause of PMT. Oestrogen by causing water and sodium retention can cause weight gain and bloated feeling. Low levels of serotonin and endorphins induce psychosomatic symptoms, and prostaglandins cause dysmenorrhoea. However, all of these show normal level in PMT. It is now thought that it is the exaggerated response of the target tissues to these normal levels that trigger the symptoms.
v The woman has a bloated feeling in the lower abdomen.
v Fullness and tenderness over the breasts.
v Frequency of micturition.
v Migraine, irritability, depression and aggressiveness with suicidal tendency.
v Loss of concentration adversely affects the woman at work.
v Retention of body fluid increases the body weight by 1 to 2 kg.
v The gastrointestinal symptoms include constipation and chronic pain similar to that of pelvic endometriosis.
Mild symptoms are tolerable, but severe ones confine the woman to bed during this period.
Chronic pelvic pain, congestive dysmenorrhoea resemble PMT. If the ultra sonographic scanning is not normal, laparoscopy should be performed to detect mild endometriosis and pelvic venous congestion.
Avoid dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol (which depletes important nutrients and affects blood sugar), tobacco and dark tea near meals (tannins bind to important minerals such as iron).
Avoid high fat meats, hormone fed meats (e.g. Chicken and beef) and non organic dairy.
Avoid high glycemic foods. High glycemic foods are those which cause a quick rise in blood sugar. Fluctuating blood sugar puts stress on the adrenals and pancreas - and many women who suffer from PMS also suffer from blood sugar problems such as hypoglycaemia. High index foods include some of the following… Refined white flour products, caffeine, sugar, tropical fruits, alcohol and tobacco. Eat a diet, which includes a lot of low index foods. These include wholegrains, pulses, small amounts of organic meat, apples, pears etc.
Each day include two tablespoons of mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower and sesame) to your salad or breakfast cereal. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and berries. Wash fruit and vegetables before eating. Eat foods rich in potassium, such as tomatoes, peanuts, potatoes, bananas, peach, fig, and dates. Have protein for breakfast such as muesli and nuts, baked beans on toast, eggs or a protein shake.
Eat regularly - 6 times a day in smaller amounts to keep sugar levels balanced with no more than 3 / 4 hours between meals. Increase the fibre in your diet, particularly soluble such as oats, fruit and vegetables rather than too much harsh fibre .
Apart from taking a good multivitamin and mineral take extra B6 (if on the contraceptive pill), magnesium and essential fatty acids such as fish oils, evening primrose, borage oil and linseed oil. If periods are heavy take iron for a few months.
Homeopathy for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Homeopathy can bring relief from PMS, returning balance to the woman on many levels. women receiving personalized homeopathic remedies prescribed by a professional homeopath experience significantly fewer symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Homeopathy is a holistic and gentle healing method that focuses on individual physical and emotional symptoms. The remedies stimulate the patient’s own natural healing energies to reestablish a healthy hormonal balance, which will regulate periods and reduce uncomfortable symptoms of premenstrual syndrome