Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Classical Homeopathic Remedy
- Calcarea carbonica
Many women experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms, commonly called premenstrual syndrome (PMS), in the week or two before menstruating. These include irritability, anger, headaches, anxiety, depression, fatigue, fluid retention, breast tenderness, and cramps. These symptoms undoubtedly result from the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle, but we don't know the specific mechanisms involved or exactly how to treat it.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for PMS
According to one small trial, classical homeopathic therapy
The results showed significantly fewer symptoms in the treated group.
Another double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluated the effectiveness of daily treatment with an individualized homeopathic remedy.
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for PMS
In classical homeopathy, there are many possible homeopathic treatments for PMS, to be chosen based on various specific details of the person seeking treatment.
The homeopathic remedy Calcarea carbonica is often used for PMS when the symptom picture
Homeopathic Chamomilla is often used in forms of PMS where anger and irritability are predominant features. Menstrual flow is typically heavy with dark, clotted blood. Heat worsens symptoms, while aerobic exercise reduces them.
Pulsatilla may be helpful for PMS in young women. Moodiness and a tendency to tears may occur, along with nausea and mild dizziness.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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