Top 7 Herbal Remedies For PMS(Premenstrual Syndrome)

‘Rise and shine’ does sound like an awful idea when the time of monthly annoyance strikes women. Almost 80 to 85% women (beginning from adolescence to late forties) are struck by at least one symptom of premenstrual syndrome.

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A myriad of symptoms comprise this syndrome, which vary in severity, in every woman, and usually begins a week before the menstruation begins. Some of the characteristic symptoms include physical fatigue, anxiety and lack of concentration. Abdominal cramps, migraine headaches and acne, are noticed too.

Certain herbs can keep your mind and body prepared to overcome these symptoms. Use herbal remedies, for it certainly eliminates the negative impact many of the symptoms have on your life.

Herbal Remedies To Cure Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual Syndrome Surrenders Before Black Cohosh

The University Of Maryland Medical Center confidently states that Black cohosh or Rattlesnake root has scope for relieving some of the symptoms seen in Premenstrual syndrome (mainly, mood related changes).

Even though science is yet to confirm the herbal role of Black cohosh, in alleviating symptoms complained of by women suffering from PMS, this member of the Buttercup family finds plenty of users (especially Native American women). The ability to pull out inflammation and pain sensation that grips the body besides handling headache or cramps is extraordinary.

Also, being a herbal stress killer, it reduces the chances of exacerbating the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. The author of the book entitled ‘20,000 Secrets Of Tea’, Victoria Zak recommends consuming Black cohosh as herbal tea. Steep the root part in a pan with boiling water, strain it and have half a cup regularly.

Important Tip While Using Black Cohosh

Do not have this natural herb for duration extending six months as the long term risks associated with its ingestion are not established, as of now. Women with liver disorders must avoid the given herbal remedy.

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Dig Out The ‘Weed’ Or Dandelion

Every single part of the bitter sweet, perennial herb offers non-medicinal benefits. Sip tea prepared from the leaves of Dandelion or common weed to restore the normal physical state. Once drunk, the herb behaves like a diuretic (which triggers the formation of urine).

What’s more interesting to note is the unique way in which this naturally occurring diuretic works. The potassium rich herb not only prevent and cure muscular cramps or spasms, but also treats the water retention experienced five to seven days before and during menstruation.

In short, Dandelion does not lead to potassium deficiency (as seen in other diuretics).



This herb has been used predominantly for resolving several health concerns experienced by women. The native fruit of the Mediterranean region has effectively tackled many problems of menstrual difficulties and has been advocated for use in cases of Premenstrual syndrome too.

Unlike many herbs, Chasteberry or Vitex agnus-catus has a specific effect on the female hormones, namely prolactin and progesterone. Also, the essential oils, glycosides and flavonoids found in the herb have a contribution to make while treating PMS.

Positive observations were made via a double blind clinical study named ‘Treatment for the Premenstrual Syndrome with Agnus Castus Fruit Extract: Prospective, Randomised, Placebo Controlled Study’. Subjects of the study consumed the herbal extract for three consecutive cycles which led to improvement in the intensity and frequency of the usual symptoms. Women diagnosed with breast cancer or endometriosis should never take chasteberry.

Recommended Dosage

A dose of 4mg each day or 30 to 40 drops of Chasteberry (in tincture form) is well tolerated by most women.


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Home Remedies for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Do Not Be a Victim of Premenstrual Syndrome, Have Dong Quai

Free your mind from the problems linked with the monthly curse. One of the highly researched herbs which were extensively used as a conventional remedy in Chinese and Korean medicine is ‘female ginseng’ or Dong Quai.

Mayo reported a drastic rise in the usage of Eumenol, a herbal preparation (consisting of mainly Dong quai) across Europe lately. Its effectiveness is multiplied by combining with other herbs and is one of the reasons why it is rarely used alone.

Unfortunately, Dong quai does have a tendency to initiate allergic reactions. If you happen to be allergic to herbs such as parsley, anise or celery, stay clear of this herb. When used internally, it has a possibility of causing sudden vomiting and frequent burping. Excess consumption or application can, again lead to skin irritation and rash formation. Thus, it is essential to receive medical approval for this herb.

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Evening Primrose Oil Erases Discomfort Of Premenstrual Syndrome

To deal with the handful of troubling premenstrual syndrome, try Evening primrose oil. Commonly known as Sun Drop, it is indicated for an unending list of conditions. Evening primrose oil can be considered as a natural reservoir of Gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a fatty acid with exceptional healing ability.

The regulation of hormone level as well as smooth functioning of the nerves assists in rectifying the unpleasant bloated feeling, mood swings and breast tenderness. Like most of the herbs, seeking medical opinion is a must for women on anti-coagulants or medications to control blood pressure, seizures or elevated cholesterol level.

Recommended Dose of Evening Primrose Oil

University Of Michigan University makes the below mentioned dose recommendation. Daily consumption should be within a range of 3 to 6 g, out of which GLA should be in an amount equivalent to 270 to 540 mg.

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Viburnum Brings Emotional And Physical Relief

Yes, Viburnum treats the symptoms effectively. Within a few minutes of having Viburnum, in either tincture (30-60 drops) or tea form, the contracted uterine muscles relax, alleviating the muscle tension. Also, anxiety,which targets many, females with different intensity gets wiped off. It mainly targets the pelvic area and is thus, frequently referred to as ‘Valerian of the uterus’.


St. John’s Wort And Premenstrual Syndrome Induced Depression

The level of both estrogen plus serotonin(a neurotransmitter) declines substantially a few days prior to the initiation of the menstrual cycle. This leads to sleeplessness, mood instability and feelings of depression.

St. John’s Wort has earned a strong reputation as an anti-depressant and if taken regularly for some time can keep from feeling low.  The chief ingredient called Hypericum perforatum, is responsible for handling mild or moderate depression, mood changes and food craving linked with PMS.

Beware of the side effects! These are increased sensitivity to light, mouth dryness and dizziness of mild degree.

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Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.