I’m not a big drug-taker, and I know I’m not alone in that regard. While pharmaceuticals most certainly have their time and place, I’d much rather be able to relieve my PMS symptoms naturally instead. So, if you’re like me, and would prefer to take the homeopathic route before waving the white flag and asking your doctor for some sort of prescription,
If you retain water and bloat like a Macy’s Day balloon (I do!!!), consider supplementing with bovista. Bovista comes in what are called “puffballs” and are a fungus. Fortunately, they’re also available in a much more appealing supplement form.
For fatigue, anxiety and other depression-like symptoms, calcarea carbonica might be for you. I had never heard of this stuff before, but apparently it’s also great for relieving exceptionally long periods, digestive upsets and tender breasts, and even water-retention. This is totally on my health food store shopping list.
Another apparent must-have for mood swings, especially those of the mean and angry variety, is chamomilla. Homeopaths actually prescribe this to kids who throw temper tantrums. That’s hysterical, and admittedly another must-have for moi. Lilium tigrinum is also supposedly fabulous for menstrual women with rage issues.
For those awful shooting pains in the pelvic area or for cramps that are akin to labor pains, cimicifuga is supposed to be helpful. This flowering plant is actually well known for its ability to calm the muscular and cerebrospinal systems – but don’t ask me to say its name three times fast.
There are even remedies to help tame cravings for sweets like lycopodium. Wow, this one can even help curb appetite. I don’t know about you, but I can usually eat like there’s no tomorrow when I’m menstrual. Another one for the list!
For younger women who have just started to cycle, pulsatilla is supposed to be useful. It’s mild and great for weepiness, irritability, and overall hormonal imbalance.
There are so many more to learn about, and I am by no means an expert, so make sure you do consult with a homeopathic practitioner before taking any of these – especially if you have any pre-existing conditions or take any other sorts of supplements or pharmaceuticals.