Alternative Medicine

Natural Remedies for PMS

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Traditional medical doctors have been prescribing Zoloft for PMS for the past 10 years, but for those who wish to use more natural remedies to battle premenstrual syndrome, there’s a wealth of vitamins and herbs that can help.

Studies show that taking high doses of vitamin D can help relieve PMS. Women younger than 50 years old should be taking 200 IU of vitamin D per day. In 2005, the Archives of Internal Medicine published research showing that women who took an average dose of 706 IU of Vitamin D a day didn’t experience PMS, or had significantly fewer symptoms than women who took about 112 IU daily.

Similarly, vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, has been studied for its beneficial effects on PMS. The recommended daily amount of B6 for women under 50 is 1.3mg. The National Institutes of Health recommends that women suffering from PMS take 50 to 100mg of B6 a day. While NIH doesn’t recommend higher dosages, a study in the British Journal of Clinical Practice indicated that women taking 160 to 200mg of B6 had fewer PMS symptoms than women who stuck to 100 to 150mg of B6 a day.

From ages 19 to 50, the recommended daily intake of calcium is 1000mg. This amount of calcium can help reduce water retention and pain before and during menstruation, if taken during the luteal (post-ovulatory) and menstrual phases of the cycle. The Journal of General Internal Medicine published the results of a clinical study in which 78 women took either 1000mg of calcium carbonate or a placebo. 58% of the women taking calcium experienced PMS relief.

It’s proven that calcium and magnesium depend on each other to work well in the human body. Like calcium, magnesium also helps to alleviate PMS. Females from ages 19 to 30 should take 310mg of magnesium a day, while those over 31 should bump their dosage up to 320mg. Studies have shown that 200mg a day can reduce the water retention, breast tenderness and swelling of PMS, while 360 a day helps relieve headaches and pain.

Vitex, also called chasteberry, is a herb that women often take to regulate their menstrual cycle and promote fertility. This herb has also been shown to reduce PMS, according to a study in the British Medical Journal that studied 170 women for three months. This medical research suggested that 20mg of vitex reduced PMS about 28% better than a placebo did.