Premenstrual Syndrome Treatment Natural

PMS or Premenstrual syndrome affects around 80% of women. It is used to define the symptoms women experience prior to menstruation. It occurs during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle where there is a sudden drop in oestrogen and progesterone. This sudden drop in hormones causes ‘withdrawal’ in the brain, and affects proper reasoning, mood and judgement. Whilst stress is not thought to cause PMS it can make the symptoms worse. Women who are prone to stress tend to produce less oestrogen and progesterone and are more likely to suffer PMS symptoms.

Oestrogen increases serotonin in the brain, which helps women to manage stress and generally feel good.

Progesterone (which is at its highest after ovulation) can have a depressive affect.

A Hormonal imbalance as a result of oestrogen deficiency or progesterone dominance can be a causing factor of PMS.

In the week or so before a woman’s period, symptoms of irritability, moodiness, bloating, tender breasts, painful joints, fatigue, sleeplessness, and the sense of feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious may emerge.

It is thought progesterone triggers the amygdala in the brain. This centre is responsible for perceiving threat, and danger and keeps the body alert – activating the sympathetic, or ‘flight or fight’ part of the nervous system

From a yogic perspective, PMS is the body’s way of communicating with the woman of all the stresses, tasks, and anxiety she has carried throughout the month. Under the guise of oestrogen we have managed to cope and perhaps fool ourselves as to the truth of what we endure.

When hormone levels plunge we have an opportunity to view our lives in it’s rawness. Often it is women who carry many work pressures and responsibilities, or are unhappy in relationships that suffer the worse PMS.

In yoga therapy the first principle we teach is awareness. Once we are aware of the body and it’s messages we are then in a far more powerful position to incorporate the right change that is needed in our lifestyle.

Devi Shakti Yoga teaches women how to read and understand the symptoms of their cycle. Certain yoga asana, meditation and pranayama can support a women at different stages as symptoms arise. This can have a calming, cooling and reassuring affect.

In yoga therapy we work to identify any hormonal imbalances that may be driving PMS and with yoga asana, meditation, and ayurvedic practices we look to correct and restore balance to the body.