Common symptoms of PMS include: irritability, anxiety, mood swings, depression, headaches, bloating and weight gain. Other symptoms may include: sugar cravings, cramps, acne, breast tenderness, and backache. No wonder women are grumpy during "that time". You can alleviate some of these symptoms with simple natural remedies.
For bloating: try using Pycnogenol. This food supplement is derived from pine bark or grape seeds and can reduce bloating and water retention. It may also help with breast tenderness. Try taking 50 milligrams once or twice daily.
For headaches: Try adding some bioflavonoids. Genistein and daidzein are bioflavonoids found in soy product, and are thought to help control excess estrogen. Take a biolflavonoid supplement of 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams daily.
For breast tenderness: Evening primrose oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can ease breast tenderness as well as reduce fluid retention. Take 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams daily for as long as needed.
For multiple symptoms: Try various herbs. St. John's Wort helps with depression and irritability. Cleavers may help with breast tenderness and dandelion leaf may help with bloating. Most of these herbs can be found at natural or health food stores, and are available in capsule, tincture or tea form.
Consult your physician before adding any of these supplements or herbs to your health regime. You may need more traditional treatment for your PMS symptoms.