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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Updated: Sep 23

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has various signs and symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, and depression. Almost three of every four menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.

Symptoms tend to recur in a predictable pattern. But the physical and emotional changes you experience with premenstrual syndrome may vary from just slightly noticeable to intense.

Still, you don't have to let these problems control your life. Treatments and lifestyle adjustments can help you reduce or manage the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

(Source: Mayo Clinic)

Healthyping's Suggestions:

Healthy diet and lifestyle

Grazing or Snacking, eat like cattle to reduce bloating, fullness, and keep a healthy weight.

Limit salt and salty foods to alleviate bloating and fluid retention.

Healthyping's drinks (See red, green, and protein drinks) provide sufficient energy, protein, micronutrients, and fibers.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol to lower mood swings.

Regular daily exercise can help improve overall health, fatigue, and depression. Engage in at least 30 minutes of daily walking, five days a week.

Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga, and Yogalates help relieve headaches, anxiety, and insomnia.

Getting plenty of sleep is suitable for general health, stabilized mood, and mental clarity.

Eat food as medicines.

Watermelon is a natural diuretic to reduce water retention. In particular, the white part of watermelon diuretic swelling without increasing blood sugar. It also is high in fiber, helping elimination.

Papaya and pineapple contain digestive enzymes that help digest proteins and fibers to reduce bloating. The enzymes also decrease inflammation to relieve body aching.

Supplements and herbs

Supplements: calcium, magnesium, multivitamins A-Z, vitamin E, and vitamin B-6 have all soothe symptoms.

Maca is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, copper, zinc, calcium, and iron. It contains all eight essential amino acids and plenty of phytonutrients.

Maca rebalances hormones, enhances energy, boosts mood, improves libido, and helps overall health. (Source: www.gaiaherbs.com)

Chinese herbs help mood swings, stress, anxiety, and sleep, such as TianWangBuXinWa天王补心丸,AnShenBuXiWan安神补心丸,JiaWeiXiaoYaoWan加味逍遥丸, LiuWeiDiHuangWan六味地黄丸. Try one of them to manage PMS.

Ping's meridian massage relaxes muscles, comforts the body, reduces stress, and relieves anxiety.

Acupuncture cleans energy traffic jams, makes blood flow freely, rebalances hormones, and improves PMS symptoms.

Cupping increases circulation and reduces stress.

Most of our patients can manage the PMS symptoms with the above complementary and alternative therapies.

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