Menstruation is the female reproductive system’s way of regulating itself. But for many women, this monthly function is associated with a group of all too familiar symptoms.
For one or two weeks prior to the start of each period, many women experience what’s called PMS, or premenstrual syndrome. The physical and emotional symptoms of PMS are often caused by hormonal imbalances. They include bloating and fluid retention, breast tenderness and food cravings. Mood swings—anger, anxiety and depression—may also be part of the mix.
Here are three natural remedies that may greatly improve a woman’s monthly outlook:
Chaste Berry. Chaste Berry (Vitex agnus-castus) has been used to support women’s reproductive health since ancient times. The berry contains antioxidants and has been shown to relieve discomfort associated with the menstrual cycle.
Red Raspberry Leaf. A traditional woman’s herb, red raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus) comes from the same shrub that produces raspberry fruit. It’s popularly brewed as a tea.
Magnesium. Magnesium helps support normal muscle contraction and relaxation.
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Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness.