Monday, 5 March 2012

Coping with PMS using Homeopathy

It is believed that a third of menstruating women report symptoms which significantly affect the quality of their lives. Each month, around 85% of women of child-bearing age experience a number of symptoms which give advance warning of an approaching period.

There are more than hundred recognisable symptoms for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), with the most common including emotional instability, irritability, depression, fatigue, poor concentration, abdominal pain, headache, breast tenderness and weight gain. These symptoms arise during the late luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (7 to10 days before the onset of menses), peaking the day before and usually abating a few days after the commencement of menses.

The aim of conventional medicine is to ameliorate PMS symptoms, often by prescribing tranquillizers, diuretics or the oral contraceptive. There are a number of treatments available which generally have only short-term benefit and with few provid- ing relief for longer than a few months. The effec- tiveness is often coupled with unwanted side effects and adverse reactions to the medication. A number of homeopathic remedies which could
eliminate or alleviate symptoms in a safe and effective way are listed below:-

Calc carb – useful if sufferer is nervous, anxious or depressed; has headache; abdominal or pelvic pain or breast swelling. Symptoms are worse in cold air; during bathing; exertion; from pressure of clothes; from milk

Lachesis – use with symptoms of extreme rage, jealousy, irritability; hot flushes; headaches; insomnia; congestion of the lower abdomen or breasts. Suffering is often worse in the morning; from heat; slight touch or pressure; in sunshine; through alcohol consumption. Better from cold drinks; open air; and hard pressure.

Lycopodium – use if sufferer is depressed, irritable and emotionally unstable; if there is a history of liver disorders, ovarian pain and cysts. Symptoms are worse from the pressure of clothing; warmth; eating; but better from motion; urination; warm drinks and open air.

Nat mur – use if sufferer has a feeling of abandonment; a rapid alternation between sadness and anger; emotional instability; depression; a deep sense of hurt whilst maintaining an appearance of being cool and aloof and soldiering on rather than confronting the emotional pain. Physical symptoms include thirst; worse for warmth with craving for cool fresh air; dry skin; pain in lower abdomen and lower back; fainting; weight gain.

Pulsatilla – use if sufferer has self-destructive tendencies; mood swings; sense of shame; depression with weeping; guilt; lack of self esteem; irritability; migraine headaches; nightmares; restlessness; weakness; mastalgia [breast pain]. Symptoms are worse from clothing; warm air; sun; evening; rich and fatty foods; and rest. Symptoms better for cold, fresh open air; after crying or consolation; and an erect posture.

Sepia – use if sufferer has apathy; indifference to others; chilliness, dislike of fuss and consolation; and has feelings of being over- whelmed. Physical symptoms in- clude nervousness; restlessness; headaches; nausea; constipation; eczema; acne. Symptoms are worse from cold air; in the morn- ing or evening; touch; sitting and standing. Symptoms are better from warmth; pressure; vigorous exercise.

Particularly if this problem has been medium to long-term, you made need an individualised prescription. If so, please consult your local practitioner. In order to find your nearest homeopath, please visit our website at

This article was first published in 'Homeopathy Healthy Medicine', issue 16.

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