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There is no conclusive research as yet, however, there is speculation that PMS is the result of a hormonal imbalance.It has also been suggested that a deficiency in a particular hormone may be responsible for PMS. Some say it may be biochemical.Dietary deficiencies, including a lack of vitamin B6 and essential fatty acids, could be a possible cause. One type of PMS, characterised by headache, dizziness, heart pounding, increased appetite, and a craving for chocolate, is thought to be the result of a magnesium deficiency brought on by stress.
A lot of women do not treat their PMS and live through it. There are treatments which are able to relieve the symptoms and give you some comfort.Some doctors prescribe various hormones to relieve symptoms. This treatment is controversial and may not work with all women.Because there are risks associated with hormonal treatments, many doctors prefer approaches that emphasise a good diet, regular exercise, and other lifestyle changes such as those described below.
A wide variety of alternative treatments may help relieve PMS symptoms. Try them and see which one works for your particular symptoms.Aromatherapy - To relieve anxiety and irritability, try lavender or chamomile oil; parsley or juniper oil may also be helpful. Add several drops to a warm bath.To relieve breast tenderness, try adding 6 to 8 drops of geranium oil to a warm bath.Chinese Herbs - For relief from PMS symptoms, Chinese herbalists sometimes recommend dong quai, which is believed to help balance the body's hormones and have a tonic effect on the uterus and other female organs.Dietary ConsiderationsDietary changes have been shown to effectively reduce PMS symptoms in some women. Try reducing your intake of caffeine, sugar, salt, fat, honey, dairy products, and white flour, which studies have shown can sometimes aggravate PMS symptoms. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrain bread and cereals.Some PMS symptoms may improve when vitamin B6 or magnesium is increased in the diet. Consult an experienced naturopath.Some research has indicated that a dietary deficiency in fatty acids may contribute to PMS. Many women report that taking evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis), a substance that contains essential fatty acids, is effective.Herbal Therapies - Herbalists recommend a wide variety of herbs to help alleviate the many symptoms of PMS. Among the ones most often used are Chaste tree, Dandelion and Skullcap.