Alternative Treatment for PMS
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a term commonly used to describe a wide range of recurrent symptoms a woman experiences seven to ten days before her menstrual period begins. The condition affects approximately 1 in 3 menstruating women. In 5 to 10 percent of these women, the symptoms may be severe enough to disrupt their lifestyle. PMS can appear at any time between puberty and menopause, although it is most common in women during their 30’s and early 40’s.
How does PMS develop?
In allopathic circles, no one knows exactly what causes PMS. Estrogen excesses, progesterone deficiencies, vitamin B6 deficiencies, an excess of the hormone prolactin and altered glucose metabolism are among the many different theories that attempt to explain PMS. Chemical changes in the brain may also be involved. A complex interaction of neurohormones such as endorphins and serotonin and other brain chemicals may trigger PMS. Stress and diet also are linked to the symptoms of PMS. High stress and a diet full of high fat and salt with low vitamin intake seem to aggravate the symptoms.
In addition, with menstrual disorders like PMS, an estradiol excess (which can occur by taking oral contraceptives or other synthetic forms of estrogen) often is found to be part of the patient’s physiology. Knowing that the development of the disease may be closely linked to this factor, natural medicine practitioners always address this excess in treating these conditions.
What are the symptoms of PMS?
The list of potential symptoms associated with PMS is long. Most women with PMS will experience only a few of these problems. About 7 percent of women suffering with PMS have a form called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in which the symptoms are so severe that it has its own psychiatric designation.
The most common physical and emotional symptoms associated with PMS include weight gain from fluid retention, abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, tension or anxiety, depression, crying spells, mood swings and irritability or anger, appetite changes and food cravings, joint or muscle pain, nausea and vomiting, headache, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome but they do not address the root of the problem. Discover why we believe that natural medicine treatments are the best way to treat PMS.
At Sunridge Medical, our highly-trained physicians are experts in providing an integrated approach to the treatment of cancer and chronic disease. Our treatment plans are individualized, and involve both traditional and alternative medicines.
The physicians at Sunridge Medical have found that symptoms frequently can be improved and even reversed with our natural treatments. We take a holistic approach to patient care and strive not only treat the disease, but also alleviate symptoms, increase quality of life and, most importantly, address the underlying cause of disease.
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