Natural and herbal remedies for PMS - which ones have been proven to work?

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So many periods, so many emotions, so many cramps. Every girl at some stage will experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but there is so much information out there suggesting remedies. Which ones have actually been proven? We'll look at a few of the most popular ones.

Evening Primrose Oil

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Evening primrose oil is the oil derived from the seeds of the evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) plant which contains fatty acids. These fatty acids include omega-6 fatty acids, linolenic acid, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA has been licensed for treating breast pain and eczema in numerous countries.

Although evening primrose oil has been associated with improving eczema in trials and research, there has been no research linking it to alleviating the symptoms of PMS. Is it still worth trying though? If you're taking any medications at all, refer to your doctor first before you try evening primrose oil as a natural remedy for helping you with your PMS.


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Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is in fact a hybrid plant, created from the blending of watermint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). Peppermint is used widely for so many things, but what role does it have in helping us with PMS? 

When women experience PMS many will also experience bloating, indigestion and uncomfortableness. In fact, there have been growing studies showing that peppermint can assist with these symptoms. Research has shown that it can alleviate pain, bloating and can relax the smooth muscle in the small intestine.

It is a temporary solution, but definitely worth trying out. It has been linked with worsening heartburn, however. Definitely consult your doctor before trying this remedy if you are on any medications.

St. John's Wort

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St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum L.) have been recommended for a wide range of medical conditions, commonly for depression. 

A lot of individuals recommend or use St. John's wort for PMS symptoms such as food cravings, anxiety and depression. Research suggests a strong link for the treatment of mild-moderate depression, however, its role in PMS remains uncertain due to no research suggesting it can help alleviate the symptoms. 

Before trying St. John's wort, you should know that it can cause serious interactions with other prescription drugs, herbs, or supplements. You should consult your doctor before trying St. John's wort for the treatment of PMS.

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