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PMS Premenstrual Syndrome, Understanding the causes of PMS as well as some herbal suggestions for PMS prevention.


PMS, Premenstrual Syndrome.... At a very early age my children learned to run for cover when I started to show signs of PMS.   As I walked from room to room, you could almost hear the warning sounds that always accompanies the coming of a movie's shark attack.  If this sounds familiar here are some hints that might help.

A common complaint is bloating.  Strictly limiting your inorganic salt intake is a good place to start.  Kelp is often used to curb the salt cravings and is said to be a very good natural diuretic.  If the water gain is a source of joint pain, I suggest taking B-complex with extra B-6 up to 50 mg three times a day.

When headaches or backaches accompany your cycle, it is usually due to the drop in the body's calcium due to the uterus having prepared a  calcium rich lining to feed and nourish a baby.  The body is geared for reproduction even at the expense of the mother's body.  If there is no ready supply of calcium, the body will draw it from the woman's bones and nervous system.  It makes sense, therefore, to add Calcium (with magnesium and Vitamin D - which is needed to digest, absorb and utilize the calcium).  I suggest Spirulina,  Skeletal Strength (formally SKL) or Herbal CA.

If your cycle is announced by an onslaught of an acne attack, it could indicate a hormonal imbalance. Having an adequate amount of bulk and fiber helps absorb excess hormones. Chickweed helps break up fats.  B-6 and a base B complex help remove excess estrogen.  Remember hormones are not the only cause of acne.

Keeping your liver healthy is essential. When the body uses hormones they are used up and the liver's job is to filter out inferior hormones and dump them to be excreted. If you liver doesn't do that the mutated hormones will then go to the ovaries, uterus and breast causing symptoms.

If you have more than 2 of the following symptoms your liver is not up to par. The more you have the more involved strain your liver is putting on your health.


  • The liver filters out mutated hormones. If it is unable to its job you may develop:
    Heavy or clotty menses (period or menstruation)
  • Missed menses (period or menstruation)
  • Tenderness of the breast
  • Fibroids in breast or uterus
  • Endometriosis
  • Hot flashes
  • Cysts on Ovaries
  • Abnormal cells of the cervix (including cancer)
  • Mood swings or any menopausal problems.
  • For the average person 80% of the cholesterol in their system is produced by the liver. If the liver is not producing the exact amount needed you might have High cholesterol or imbalanced cholesterol. Low hdl or Low cholesterol indicates a weak liver or possible liver disease.
    Triglycerides are a byproduct of poor digestion, due to the liver therefore, blood clots are also usually caused by a liver which is sluggish. Remember a clot to the heart causes a heart attack and one to the brain causes a stroke. So heart attacks and strokes are often liver based.
    Sensitivity to chemicals and allergies can be linked directly to the liver.
    Liver is involved in digestion. If your liver is not digesting you might experience
    Bloating or gassiness
  • Flatulence more than once a week.
  • The liver helps regulate blood sugar levels along with the pancreas and adrenals.
    Symptoms that the liver is not balancing blood sugar levels are: Getting either shaky, weak, grouchy or aggressive if you skip a meal
  • Abnormal appetite.
  • Feeling like taking a nap after you have eaten a large meal.
  • If you wake up during the night to urinate or look at the clock or any reason, the liver is probably releasing a little bit of sugar when it detoxifies.
  • The liver also regulates how the body gets rid of toxins. The favorite eliminating system is through the skin. Often people will develop rashes, psoriasis, eczema, boils or acne if the liver is putting the toxins out through the skin.
    Moles and skin tag are a symptom the liver is sluggish.
  • It is also the liver's job to release what stimulates the bowels to empty. If you have less than 1 bowel movement for every meal that you eat, the liver might be sluggish.
    The muscles in the neck shoulder area often become tight.
    The liver stores B-12, Copper and Iron so therefore can effect red blood cells.
    The liver produces Vitamin A out of bet-carotene (as in carrots) and Vitamin E out of wheat or soy and pro-D Vitamin, which when you are in the sun turns into vitamin D and a tan. A deficiency in any of these Vitamins could indicate a weak liver
    Some symptoms of a Vitamin A deficiency are tubal pregnancies, wounds healing with a thick scaring or adhesions.

Most common Vitamin E deficiency are tightness in the calves of the legs when you stand, climb steps or a ladder and hot flashes.

Most common Vitamin D deficiency are poor calcium absorption, constipation or rough skin.

Maintaining a balanced diet often helps food cravings, for additional help consider Vitamin E.

Too much progesterone can cause carbohydrate cravings - Black Cohosh may help lessen the imbalance.

Chocolate cravings indicates a need for amino acids or magnesium.

Craving sweets?  Try chromium possibly 1200-1600 mcg and if you have no high blood pressure, or diabetic problems consider taking Licorice root.

Emotional instability to feed ovaries use Female Corrective (formally FC w/Dong quai) or FCS II.  For teens add Blessed thistle.

To alleviate cramping, exercise (walking) or soak feet in a warm basin of water while drinking red raspberry tea.  I personally take hourly doses of FCS II until  cramps are completely gone.

One book said that 1/3 to 1/2 of all child bearing age women will experience one degree or another of PMS. (Isn't that a scary thought.)

As a monthly regimen a lot of people have success with taking either monthly maintenance of Female Corrective (formally FC w/Dong quai), NF-X or FCS II.

I would like to end this article with a joke. This is an old joke, but I love it!

The U.S. Government, instead of sending 100,00 men to Saudia Arabia wanted to to send 100 women with PMS, because they're meaner, more aggressive and retain water.

P.S. If the woman is like I use to be, it might be best to tell her the above joke only after her PMS is gone.

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