Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Symptoms & Natural Treatments
In Ayurveda there is no specific information about this disease. The concept and symptoms can be perceived on the basis of tridosa theory. The symptoms like heaviness of breasts, change in appetite, nausea, vomiting, depression, and nervousness can be correlated to kapha imbalance. Aggravated pitta contributes to irritability, anxiety, anger, vomiting, headache, food cravings, and sleep disorders. Bloating of the stomach, pelvic pain, headache, difficulty in concentrating, sleep disorders, mood swings, and anxiety are the features of provoked vata.
Some habits or addictions like eating salty food and consuming alcohol and cold beverages containing caffeine aggravate the problem.
Externally, oleation with sesame oil and fomentation with herbal decoctions give excellent results. In severe cases, medicated oil enema (anuvasana basti) is very beneficial (e.g., sesame oil and dashamoola kwatha). Internally, ashokarishtam and A. vera in combination with some other drugs are used in Ayurvedic practice. For vata and pitta symptoms, shatavari (asparagus), ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), amalaki (Indian gooseberry), and yashtimadhu (licorice) work very well. To reduce kapha symptoms such as heaviness of breasts and fluid retention, herbs such as triphala, trikatu (pepper, ginger, and long pepper), and vacha (Acorus calamus) are very useful. Jeerakadyarishtom, manasamitra vatakam, saraswatarishtam, shatavari kalpa, and kumaryasavam are some of the effective herbal formulas.
Women suffering from this disorder should specifically avoid vata aggravating a week before the menstruation. Examples include dried fish and dry meat, deep fried and very spicy foods, very cold foods, sprouts, beans, and potatoes.
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