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PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome)

During the reproductive years, most of the women are affected with a condition known as premenstrual syndrome. In many cases, the symptoms regarding premenstrual syndrome are interfering with the day to day activities of women. The symptoms in PMS start five to eleven before menstruation. This syndrome is related to the change in serotonin levels & sex hormones at the starting of the menstrual cycle. Changes in these hormones cause anxiety, mood swings, & irritability.

What are the signs & symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)?

The signs & symptoms that are associated with the PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) women are:

1) Abdominal bloating

2) Headache

3) Abdominal pain

4) Joints pain

5) Acne

6) Weight gain

7) Tenderness in breast

8) Diarrhea or Constipation

9) Anxiety

10) Tension

11) Depressed mood

12) Poor concentration

13) Loss of appetite & excessive food cravings

14) Insomnia

15) Social withdrawal

16) Change in libido

What are the causes of PMS (Premenstrual syndrome)?

There are different causes of premenstrual syndrome are sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, consumption of excessive oily, & spicy food items, unhygienic conditions, psychological factors, etc.

What is the Ayurvedic view of PMS (Premenstrual syndrome)?

In Ayurveda, PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) is correlated with “Krichhraartava” ( in which Krichhra means “difficult” & aartava means “menses”). Apana vayu along with the imbalance Pitta dosha is responsible for this disease. Apana vayu is located in the lower pelvic region that causes the elimination of menstrual blood, urine, stool, & reproductive fluids. Imbalanced Apana vayu & Pitta dosha circulates in the body that causes different signs & symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual syndrome).

What is the Ayurvedic treatment for PMS (Premenstrual syndrome)?

Most women with PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) take allopathic medicines for fast relief that includes (pain reliever, stress reducers, & anti-depressant medicines). But this is not the exact solution of this syndrome. In Ayurveda, there are various herbs that are formulated in medicines form for proper treatment of PMS (Premenstrual syndrome).

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