Homeopathy for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Every month, most women deal with a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, such as cramping, abnormally heavy flow, headaches, bloating, water retention, sore breasts, and irritability and/or mood swings. These are the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which usually occurs during the two weeks before menstruation. Each woman’s experience and symptoms might be different, so there are no neat categories into which patients might fit. These characteristics make a prescription difficult for conventional medicine, but they are well suited to the homeopathic model of care. Homeopathy can bring relief from PMS, returning balance to the woman on many levels. Studies demonstrate that women receiving personalized homeopathic remedies prescribed by a professional homeopath experience significantly fewer symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

How Can Homeopathy Relieve Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

Homeopathy is a holistic and gentle healing method that focuses on individual physical and emotional symptoms. The remedies stimulate the patient’s own natural healing energies to reestablish a healthy hormonal balance, which will regulate periods and reduce uncomfortable symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Homeopathic treatment involves medicines made from plant, animal, and mineral compounds.

Homeopathic Remedies for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Selecting a homeopathic remedy involves an extended interview during which a person’s lifestyle, emotional makeup, physical characteristics, and mental state are all taken into consideration. A qualified homeopath will spend one to two hours reviewing, in detail, the patient’s life and symptoms. Only then will a remedy be considered.

Folliculinum: Folliculinum is widely used for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), largely for estrogen-related issues. It is often used when a woman has mental or emotional symptoms, such as a history of abuse. The presenting emotional issues might include alternating between excitability and depression, usually before her period begins. Other symptoms include extreme instability with anguish, panic attacks, sexual hyperexcitability, or fixed sexual ideas. She may gain excessive weight during ovulation or before her periods start. Chronic infections lead to cravings for sugar and wheat, and result in itching and bloating. Folliculinum sometimes restores self-esteem.

Bovista: Premenstrual problems with fluid retention, puffiness in the hands and feet, and a bloated feeling often point to Bovista as a remedy. A woman who feels clumsy, who often drops things because her hands feel swollen, and who has diarrhea could benefit.

Calcarea carbonica: When a woman feels overwhelmed and experiences anxiety, fatigue, weight gain, digestive upsets, headaches, breast tenderness, fluid retention, cold limbs, and cravings for sweets and eggs, a homeopath might prescribe Calcarea carbonica. These symptoms should worsen with exertion and with exposure to cold or dampness in the morning. Periods often come early and last too long, sometimes with a flow of bright red blood.

Chamomilla: An irritable, angry patient who is hypersensitive to pain and has a heavy flow with dark or clotted blood may benefit from Chamomilla. Symptoms worsen at night and are aggravated by heating pads or exposure to wind. Brisk walking or rocking may reduce the tension and discomfort.

Nux vomica: When a woman with PMS is extremely intolerant, impatient, and pushy, and experiences uncomfortable, irregular menstrual periods, often with a nagging urge to move the bowels before the flow begins, she might be prescribed Nux vomica. Constricting pains may extend to the rectum or tailbone region, accompanied by constipation. Physical exertion and overuse of coffee, alcohol, or food can make the problems worse, but warmth and rest bring relief.

Sepia: Periods that come late and have scanty flow, accompanied by a weak feeling in the pelvic floor, as if the uterus is sagging, can indicate a need for Sepia. The patient feels overworked and taken for granted, becoming sarcastic or irritable if demands are made. Sepia helps with anger and depression, with an unwillingness to eat fat, and a craving for salt or sweets. Warmth and exercise, especially dancing, can lighten her mood.

Other of the 80 or so homeopathic remedies for PMS include Caulophyllum, Cimicifuga (also called Actaea Racemosa), Kreosotum, Lachesis, Lilium tigrinum, Lycopodium, Natrum muriaticum, and Veratrum album.

Homeopathic physicians suggest taking one dose and waiting for a response. If improvement is seen, let the remedy work. If improvement ends, take another dose. Each individual will have her own experience with the necessary frequency to maintain improvements, ranging from several during an hour to once a day. If the remedy does not appear to be working, another remedy should be selected.

What Can I Expect during a Visit with a Homeopath?

The initial meeting with a homeopath will take one to two hours to provide enough time to fully discuss all symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS). There will be no internal examination. When the interview concludes, the patient might have a remedy to take home, or it might need to be ordered from a homeopathic pharmacy. The homeopath will ask the patient to return after her next period to see how effective the treatment was and to either renew or change the prescription. Because more than 150 symptoms of PMS have been identified, and there are so many possible remedies, it might take awhile for the remedy to show its efficacy. A woman with serious symptoms or extremely heavy bleeding should be under an experienced physician's care.

What Causes Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

Most menstrual issues result from hormonal imbalances. Hormones are the product of the extremely complex and sensitive endocrine system. Emotional issues, genetic predispositions to certain problems, attitudes toward being female, nutrition, exercise, and birth control pills all may affect a woman’s experiences with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The only thing various PMS symptoms have in common is their timing; they are experienced between 2 and 14 days before a period starts.

Additional Resources

A leaflet on PMS is offered at the Women’s Health Web site.

A general article on homeopathy and PMS is located at the National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome Web site.

Information on homeopathic remedies for PMS are listed at the Peace Health Web site.

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