Alternative Healing for PMS By Bret Mosher on August 30, 2013

Alternative Healing for PMSOne of the reasons that alternative healing and functional medicine is so popular is that you can avoid dependence on potentially harmful synthetic substances and become more attuned to your own body and its needs. This should never be taken for granted since this has gone a long way toward promoting wellness in many people, even when it comes to day-to-day health issues.

Right now we'd like to look at a common issue that women face: PMS. Thankfully there are many different alternative treatments that can help manage the various symptoms associated with PMS.

About PMS - The Basics

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to various symptoms that women experience in the week or so leading to their period. These symptoms will subside within a few days of menstruation.

Some of the most common symptoms of PMS include:

  • Cramps
  • Swelling and tenderness of the breasts
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Changes in appetite

Below are some natural remedies that many women find helpful when dealing with the symptoms of PMS

Acupuncture for PMS

By undergoing acupuncture therapy to address PMS, many women find that they are able to feel more relaxed and that their moods may be more level. This is a helpful means of channeling positive energy and promoting calm.

Relaxation Techniques

You might be surprised to know that breathing exercises, meditation, and other methods of relaxation can make a major difference when it comes to PMS symptoms.

Vitamins / Minerals / Improved Nutrition

Increasing your intake of certain vitamins and minerals can address various PMS symptoms. Many women take magnesium for bloating, vitamin B-6 to fend off negative moods, and vitamin D and calcium to address discomfort and decrease fluid retention.

Dietary Supplements

In addition to taking certain vitamins and minerals, using certain dietary supplements such as taurine and kava has proven helpful for many women. It's a good idea to meet with an alternative medicine specialist to go over various dietary supplement concerns in more detail.

Things to Consider About Foods and Beverages

Your diet can affect your overall disposition and sense of wellness. Because of this, there are a few dietary tips to consider in order to improve tolerance of PMS symptoms:

  • Avoid excess sugar
  • Avoid excess salt
  • Avoid unhealthy fatty foods
  • Reduce caffeine intake
  • Eat less red meat
  • Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Incorporate healthy fats into your diet (e.g., nuts, fish)


One great way to reduce stress and feel your absolute best is to exercise regularly. By staying active and fit, you can reduce the severity of PMS symptoms and promote a sense of calm and control. Jogging, stretching, swimming, yoga, and aerobics are all great ways to stay in shape and achieve total wellness.

The Right Solution for You

A combination of the above is often ideal, and not just for PMS symptoms. You'll find that the above are all means of promoting total wellness and ideal health. This will allow you to become better attuned to the needs of your own body. Understanding your body better can only lead to better health overall.

Speak with an Alternative Medicine Specialist

If you would like to learn more about your many different options for addressing PMS, be sure to contact our Poway alternative medicine center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible healing results.

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