Is PMS Affecting Your Daily Life?
Try These Natural Supplements for PMS Symptoms
Despite being a common problem for women around the world, conventional medicine has little to offer women to alleviate PMS symptoms. This can be frustrating and, for some, can significantly negatively impact their lives. Luckily, there are plenty of natural supplements for PMS. Whether used in tandem with or as a replacement for more conventional methods, these natural supplements can help combat PMS mood swings and other PMS symptoms.
The Impact of PMS on Women’s Productivity and Lifestyles
PMS is generally talked about as though it’s nothing more than a mild inconvenience or slight annoyance. But for many women, it can significantly impact their daily lives. This can be frustrating, especially since they’re generally expected to power through.
One study measuring productivity loss due to PMS surveyed over 30,000 women about their experiences living with PMS. On average, each woman only took 1.3 days off from work per year due to their menstrual cycle. But that’s not to say all is well and good. 80.7% of study participants reported decreased productivity at work or school due to their PMS symptoms. This affected them an average of 23 days per year, totaling 8.9 days of lost productivity.
This shows that despite many women powering through their PMS symptoms and still showing up to their everyday lives, many people struggle to successfully navigate their daily lives thanks to unwelcome PMS symptoms. It’s more than just an annoyance; it can be a serious problem that affects your goals and quality of life.
How Can You Reduce the Symptoms of PMS?
The conventional approach to handling PMS is to rely heavily on over-the-counter painkillers, perhaps a hot pad, and leave it at that. But that approach only deals with the surface-level problems of PMS, not the underlying causes.
Luckily, there are plenty of natural steps you can take to relieve PMS symptoms. These can be effective for those who don’t want to rely on painkillers or for whom painkillers are inadequate to fully manage their symptoms. After all, pain and cramping are only part of PMS, and a few tablets of Ibuprofen can only do so much.
In general, a more holistic approach tends to be much more effective. For those who are hesitant to completely forego painkillers, there’s good news. These natural approaches can be used right alongside more conventional approaches.
Natural Supplements For PMS
This natural supplement for PMS by GinSen is designed to help the hormone imbalances that can lead to PMS symptoms. It acts over time to help relieve the full spectrum of PMS symptoms, including:
- Irregular periods
- Poor sleep
- Mood swings
The supplement works by promoting good liver qi, increasing liver yin nourishment, and unblocking the user’s energy channels. Over time, this helps the user feel more like themselves during their period.
The blend was designed by an expert team with over 30 years of experience. It uses high-quality herbal ingredients like dang quai, tree peony root bark, white peony root, poria mushroom, peach kernel, and safflower for maximum effectiveness.
Stagnant liver Qi is a huge contributor to the infamous emotional stress of PMS. Chai hu Bupleurum is often used for hormonal balances, including PMS, and specifically regulates the liver Qi. In doing so, it combats feelings of depression and other mood problems. This is a great place to start if your PMS symptoms tend to be more psychological and emotional than physical.
Bai Shao (White Peony)
White peony is an exceptionally common PMS remedy in Chinese medicine. For those also suffering from endometriosis or uterine fibroid conditions, which can worsen PMS, white peony can be very effective.
Acupuncture for PMS
Studies have found that compared to a placebo, acupuncture can be effective to treat both the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS. Keep in mind that this treatment method hasn’t been studied extensively in peer-reviewed settings. But anecdotal evidence (and what scientific findings do exist) is promising.
Cupping for PMS
Cupping is an ancient medicinal practice as a type of acupressure. Research has found that cupping can significantly reduce the severity of PMS symptoms. During a session, the practitioner places special cups on the patient’s skin to create suction. These are left on for several minutes.
Cupping is most often used to treat conditions that stem from pain, inflammation, and lack of adequate blood flow, which makes it perfect for treating menstrual discomfort. It’s also promotes relaxation, feelings of well-being, and relaxes the deep tissues. This can help the psychological effects of PMS as well.
Things to Eat
- Fish, especially bony fish such as salmon and sardines
- Nuts and seeds
- Flax or chia seeds, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Whole grains
- Lean meat
- Calcium-rich foods like nuts, tofu, broccoli, and bok choy
- Herbal tea, such as chamomile
Things to Limit, Avoid, or Eliminate
- High-sodium foods
- Foods high in animal fat
- Saturated fats
Anyone who suffers from PMS knows how frustrating it is to feel like their period is taking over their life. Luckily, a few lifestyle measures and the addition of a handful of treatments or supplements can do a world of good for many women.
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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.