Natural PMS Treatment: Can Homeopathy Help Relieve PMS?

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is  an extremely common condition among women who experience a menstrual cycle, with 85% of women reporting at least one symptom. If you find yourself in this category, you are certainly not alone. In saying that, being a potential part of such a large cohort, it can seem almost inescapable. PMS can also seem confusing, because it involves a broad range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms that appear any time after ovulation and disappear when menstruation begins. It can seem difficult to know what to do to alleviate your physical and emotional discomfort, but there are many homeopathic options for effective, natural PMS treatment.

Common Symptoms of PMS:

  1. Physical Symptoms: These may include bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, joint or muscle pain, fatigue, and changes in appetite or food cravings.
  2. Emotional Symptoms: Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression, and heightened emotional sensitivity.

Behavioral Symptoms: Some women might notice changes in their sleep patterns, such as insomnia or increased need for sleep, as well as difficulty concentrating or focusing.

What Are Some Natural Remedies For PMS?

Every woman is an individual, so in homeopathic practice there are dozens of possible remedies that could be given depending on the specific symptom picture. You and your best friend may both experience sugar cravings, but their timing; aggravating or relieving factors; and presence of other symptoms all influence the overall symptom picture. Natural remedies for PMS will look different to each individual.

For example, morning headaches, salt cravings and a desire to be alone could indicate the Nat mur remedy, while an aversion to feeling alone, intermittent menstrual flow and changing moods form part of the Pulsatilla picture. The personal nature of homeopathy means that we will take all symptoms into consideration, particularly ones that seem strange or very specific. Nosebleeds with PMS could point to Bryonia, while symptoms that are worsened by doing laundry (yes, really!) or improved by a cold bath are part of the Sepia picture. The Spongia picture features pain in the sacrum before menstruation, while Moschus involves fainting.

Does Homeopathy Work as a Natural PMS Treatment?

As more patients turn to holistic healthcare, more research has been performed on homeopathy. For example, a clinical study of 20 women with PMS compared use of one of five different remedies against a placebo. These five were given based on their individual symptom pictures. After homeopathic treatment, average PMS scores fell from 0.44 to 0.13, while there was only a drop from 0.38 to 0.34 in the placebo group. Around 90% of treated women enjoyed an at least 30% improvement in their symptoms, compared to 37.5%. Women taking natural homeopathic PMS

Treatments also missed fewer work days and took far less medication to manage their PMS. These results were not affected by their suggestibility, which was measured by psychological tests to further control for a placebo response.

A larger study of 103 women tested 14 different homeopathic remedies, by only signing up those whose symptom pictures matched one of the remedies used. Some of these symptom pictures included “unusual” features, such as tendencies to jealousy or cravings for soft eggs. After homeopathic treatment, their PMS symptoms improved, and they took 91% fewer sick days and 75% less medication. Their reduced need for medication and days off was partly due to improved overall health.

Observational research of women only taking homeopathic remedies also showed positive effects. When the cases of 23 women were evaluated, they found a fall in average symptom scores from 13.7 to 6.3, and 21 said they noticed improved quality of life. The most commonly prescribed homeopathic was Folliculinum, followed by Lachesis mutus, but the women were given anywhere up to six remedies.

Homeopathy may provide you with effective relief of PMS symptoms if it is correctly personalised. Professional support is always best, as your symptom picture may contain seemingly-unusual details or change over time.

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References

Hechtman, L. (2014). Clinical Naturopathic Medicine. Elsevier.

Boericke’s Homeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory, available at http://www.homeoint.org/books/boericmm/index.htm

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11479782/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31434111/

https://www.thieme-connect.de/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1016/j.homp.2012.10.004

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