PMS Relief Through Natural Remedies
Obviously, if you are reading this, you’re either a woman who wants to understand why she feels so miserable right before her period every month and you’re looking for a reliable form of PMS relief, or you’re a man who wants to know why some women get so “ferocious” either before or during “that time of the month, ” and we applaud your interest. Many men go into their “caves” and hibernate as far away as possible when PMS symptoms strike a female loved one.
PreMenstrual Syndrome, or PMS, affects at least 85% of all women. While some women may literally skate through their monthly periods with only one or two minor symptoms, up to 10% become so debilitated that they require several types of PMS medications to provide PMS relief just to be able to get out of bed, let alone function. And, while these cases may be extreme, they do exist, making many women dread days or even weeks of coping with PMS each month.
Many women have found relief from their monthly PMS symptoms through a natural PMS cure and so can you. “It’s not a “magic pill” or an extreme exercise program, or even a special diet. It’s PMS relief that can be permanent, making the period before your period far less painful, physically and emotionally,” says this Spokane Chiropractor.
PMS: Different Symptoms, Same ResultPMS generally affects women between the ages of 20 and 40, the prime reproductive years. It’s called a “syndrome” because it is made up of a group of symptoms that occur together as part of the condition. Some PMS symptoms are physical, while others are mental/emotional. There are no specific tests available to diagnose PMS, however, there is a list of symptoms that many women report experiencing up to 14 days before the start of their monthly periods.
The physical symptoms of PMS include:
- Water weight gain
- Sore or tender breasts
- Joint/muscle pain or swelling
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Food cravings (salt, sugar)
- Restless sleep
- Hot flashes
- Swelling in extremities (hands and/or feet)
- Faster heartbeat
Mental or emotional symptoms, which are perhaps even more common, and harder to deal with, among PMS sufferers include:
- Mood swings
- Trouble concentrating
- Problems with memory
- Lack of interest in sex
- Crying spells
- Withdrawal from others
- Increased anxiety, tension
Symptoms can vary significantly from woman to woman. Many health care professionals advise women to keep a diary or journal for several months to record their physical, mental and emotional behaviors, noting the particular day that symptoms first appear and the day that they end, to establish a regular individual PMS profile. It may very well be that you experience worse PMS symptoms some months, with “easier” months in between.
What Causes the Symptoms of PMS?
No one knows the exact causes of PMS, but most health care practitioners believe that it has something to do with changes in hormone levels that occur during the normal course of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The reason behind this theory is that PMS symptoms virtually disappear altogether during pregnancy (although that is fraught with its own set of symptoms!) and menopause.
Women who suffer from depression also seem to have a harder time with PMS symptoms than women who don’t, and their depression typically worsens during the days before the onset of their periods.
Changes in serotonin levels (a brain neurotransmitter that is involved with sleep, depression, memory, mood and other neurological processes) may also trigger some of the emotional or behavioral symptoms of PMS, including mood swings, anxiety, irritability, sleep problems and food cravings.
Another school of thought believes that nutrition plays a role in PMS, especially when the levels of certain vitamins and minerals are too low. In addition, food cravings for salt that can occur with PMS tend to result in fluid retention and bloat, some of the physical symptoms of PMS.
Many women could care less what causes PMS; they just don’t want to have to experience the symptoms anymore. So, they try different treatments for PMS relief…
PMS Treatments – Synthetic and All-Natural
If you suffer from severe or even moderate PMS, then you’ve probably tried every remedy under the sun just to get through “those days.”
In fact, you’ve probably at least tried one or more of the following:
- Various prescription medications (see sidebar) that treat depression, sleep disorders, food cravings and fatigue (anti-depressants), water retention (diuretics) and mood swings (birth control pills)
- Over-the-counter pain relievers for cramps and breast tenderness
- Lifestyle changes, such as diet (limiting salt and salty foods, caffeine, taking a multivitamin), exercise, reducing stress through adequate sleep, biofeedback, etc.
You may have had some success with any one or a number of these PMS cures, but what about the long-term side effects of medications or the risk of damage to your stomach and liver associated with over-the-counter pain relievers? Did you actually stick to the lifestyle changes or were they only good for a month and abandoned because they were too much work or you didn’t have time?
There’s a natural PMS solution that you most likely haven’t tried, and it’s certainly one worthy of your attention. The sponsors of ChooseNatural.com want you know about their success rate in reducing or even eliminating PMS symptoms with safe and natural chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Care for PMS?
Most women with PMS don’t think of chiropractic care when they think about PMS cures. Why would you if you didn’t even know about the studies that show it helps PMS sufferers? And, what if you think you know or believe that chiropractors only treat sore or injured necks and backs?
If that’s what you believe, we’re here to tell you most politely that you’re wrong. When it comes to alternative health care, chiropractic is the number one alternative health discipline. Why? Because chiropractors don’t just treat PMS symptoms, like so many of the other solutions you’ve tried, chiropractors locate and correct the causes of health conditions, such as PMS, and correct them so your body can heal on its own, without drugs or surgeries that can pose dangerous and unacceptable health risks.
The goal of chiropractic adjustments is to attempt to restore proper functioning of the nervous system, which helps to eliminate the monthly symptoms of PMS.
How Can Chiropractic Help PMS?
All of the sponsors of ChooseNatural.com are health care practitioners who have received extensive training in locating and correcting spinal misalignments that usually result from some type of head trauma. This head trauma may have occurred when you were a child, from a fall or an accident, or even during the birth process with the extreme pressure that may have been exerted on your neck and spine. Or, a misalignment can occur with a sports injury or a car accident.
Whatever the cause, a spinal misalignment interferes with communication, via the nervous system, between the brain and the body. The nerves that control your reproductive organs exit from the lower back, so a misalignment in that area may very well be the cause of your PMS symptoms.
Chiropractors, like our sponsors, are the only health care professionals who have the advanced training and the skills to locate these misalignments and correct them. They do this by adjusting the vertebrae where the misalignments are located. This, in turn, frees up the nerves to function at their optimal level, returning your body to health, without medications and without surgery.
When the nerves that control your reproductive organs are working correctly, you may discover that your PMS symptoms are not as bothersome anymore or that they are totally gone!
Is There Any Proof That Chiropractic Care Helps PMS?
Plenty. In addition to the fact that the sponsors of ChooseNatural.com have testimonials from patients who were former PMS sufferers, research studies document the effectiveness of chiropractic in helping women who suffer from PMS.
One such study, involving 25 women with diagnosed PMS, took place over a nine-month clinical trial period. Sixteen of the subjects received chiropractic adjustments 2 to 3 times a week, right before the onset of their periods, for three months. The remaining nine received placebo “adjustments, ” which were designed to have no effect on PMS symptoms.
During the study period, the two groups switched sides, so that each group experienced both real chiropractic adjustments and placebo “adjustments.” Results for each group showed a significant decrease in PMS symptoms while patients were receiving actual adjustments as compared to placebo “adjustments.”
Other studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments help to alleviate PMS symptoms without the side effects that many women experience with PMS prescription medications. But listen, all this information is only information unless you pick up your phone and talk to one of our sponsors about your experiences with PMS and agree to go in for an examination and consultation. You’ll find that our sponsors are caring and compassionate health professionals who are genuinely interested in helping you to alleviate your PMS symptoms.
Just keep in mind that although no one can guarantee you PMS relief or a total cure, the chiropractor you choose to see will work with you to improve the quality of your life during your monthly menstrual cycle. Take action today to address the cause of your PMS, instead of just treating the symptoms.
PMS Medication Side Effects Can Be More Devastating than PMS Symptoms!
The reason why chiropractic care is gaining popularity in addressing PMS is because it can boast a natural solution that is free from any potentially dangerous side effects. We’ve listed some of the most frequently prescribed PMS medications and the potential side effects of each:
|PMS Medication||Side Effects|
|NUMEROUS MANUFACTURERS (Zoloft, sertraline [generic]; Prozac, Sarafem, fluoxetine [generic]; Paxil, paroxetine [generic]; Luvox, fluvoxamine [generic], Celexa, citalopram [generic]) These medications are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), used to treat depression, anxiety, irritability, anger, mood swings, breast tenderness, bloating, headache, and joint and muscle pain associated with PMS.||Side effects include nausea; appetite changes; weight loss; weight gain; headache; insomnia, fatigue; nervousness; difficulty with sexual desire, arousal, or orgasm; dizziness; tremors; dry mouth; rash; suicidal thinking and behavior.|
|BARR LABS (DANAZOL, DANOCRINE, CYCLOMEN) Synthetic forms of ethisterone, a progestogen, these drugs are a form of testosterone that are used to treat migraines, irritability, anxiety, lethargy, increased appetite, and breast tenderness symptoms of PMS and to reduce the intensity of menstrual periods; some women do not have any at all on this medication.||Side effects include acne; dark-colored urine; increased oiliness of hair or skin; muscle cramps or spasms; swelling of feet or lower legs; unusual tiredness or weakness; weight gain (rapid); flushing or redness of skin; mood or mental changes; nervousness; decrease in breast size; irregular menstrual periods; abnormal enlargement of the clitoris; hoarseness or deepening of voice; unnatural hair growth; bleeding gums; bloating, pain or tenderness of abdomen or stomach; blood in urine; burning, numbness, pain, or tingling in all fingers except the smallest finger; changes in vision; chest pain; chills; complete or partial numbness or weakness on one side of body; cough; coughing up blood; diarrhea; difficulty in speaking; difficulty in swallowing; discharge from nipples; eye pain; fast heartbeat; fever; headache; hives or other skin rash; joint pain; light-colored stools; loss of appetite (continuing); loss of muscle coordination; more frequent nosebleeds; muscle aches; nausea; purple- or red-colored, or other spots on body or inside the mouth or nose; restlessness; shortness of breath; sore throat; sweating; tingling, numbness, or weakness in legs, which may move upward to arms, trunk, or face; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness, weakness, or general feeling of illness; vomiting; yellow eyes or skin.|
|Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals (Aldactone, Novo-Spiroton, Spiractin, Spirotone, Verospiron, Berlactone, spironolactone [generic]). These drugs are diuretics used to treat water retention in PMS.||Potential side effects include abdominal cramps; change in potassium levels (leading to such symptoms as dry mouth, excessive thirst, weak or irregular heartbeat, and muscle pain or cramps); deepening of voice; diarrhea; drowsiness; excessive hairiness; fever; headache; hives; irregular menstruation; kidney problems; lack of coordination; lethargy; liver problems; mental confusion; postmenopausal bleeding; severe allergic reaction; sexual dysfunction; skin eruptions; stomach bleeding; stomach inflammation; ulcers; vomiting.|
|Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals (XANAX, alprazolam [generic]) Used to treat anxiety symptoms of PMS.||Reported side effects include drowsiness; dizziness; irritability; amnesia or forgetfulness; trouble concentrating; sleep problems (insomnia); muscle weakness; lack of balance or coordination; slurred speech; blurred vision; nausea or vomiting; constipation; appetite or weight changes; dry or watery mouth; increased sweating; loss of interest in sex; unusual risk-taking behavior; decreased inhibitions; no fear of danger; depressed mood; thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself; hyperactivity; agitation; hostility; hallucinations; feeling light-headed; fainting; seizure (convulsions); urinating less than usual or not at all; muscle twitching; tremor; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).|
|NUMEROUS MANUFACTURERS (Yaz® 28, Loestrin® 24 Fe, Seasonale®, Seasonique, LYBREL®, Brevicon, Demulen 1/35, Desogen, Femcon Fe, Levlen, Lo/Ovral, Modicon, Nordette, Levora, Loestrin, Low-Ogestrel, Necon 1/35, Norinyl 1/35, Ortho-Cept, Ortho-Cyclen, Ortho-Novum 1/35, Ortho-Tri-Cyclen Lo, Ovcon 35, Yasmin, Zovia 1/35E, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, Jenest-28, Ortho-Tri-Cyclen, Cyclessa, Triphasil, Tri-Levlen, Ortho-Novum 10/11, Trivora, Tri-Norinyl, Estrostep Fe, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7, Ortho-Novum 1/50, Ovral, Demulen 1/50, Ogestrel, Ovcon 50, ethinyl estradiol, drospirenone, desogestrel; norethindrone acetate, levonorgestrel [generics]). Birth control pills used to treat general symptoms of severe PMS; some cause total cessation of monthly periods.||Side effects include menstrual cramps; upper respiratory infection; vaginal bleeding; nausea or vomiting; increased potassium levels; blood clots; allergic reactions, such as skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue; breast tissue changes or discharge; breast tenderness; mood changes, anxiety, depression, frustration, anger, or emotional outbursts; increased sensitivity to sun or ultraviolet light; skin acne or brown spots on the skin; weight gain; breathing problems; changes in vaginal bleeding during your period or between your periods; changes in vision; chest pain; confusion, trouble understanding; dark urine; general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms; light-colored stools; shortness of breath; back pain; hair loss; increased hunger or thirst; increased urination; fluid retention and swelling; unusually weak or tired; stomach pain (severe); sudden loss of coordination, especially on one side of the body; breakthrough bleeding and spotting; chest pain; coughing up blood; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; headaches or migraines; leg, arm or groin pain; problems with balance, talking, walking; severe or sudden headaches; symptoms of vaginal infection, such as itching, irritation or unusual discharge; tenderness in the upper abdomen; sudden weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, especially on one side of the body; yellowing of the eyes or skin; stroke and heart attacks (risks increase in women over the age of 35 who smoke cigarettes).|