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Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome is the shift in the balance of the mind, body, and spirit that occurs in the two weeks before a woman’s menstrual period. Symptoms range from irritability, hunger, water retention, weight fluctuations, skin and additional mood irritations. It is estimated that potential three-quarters of menstruating women suffer to some degree. While all three doshas may experience any of the symptoms, each dosha has its own significant signs of imbalance.

Vata

Mood swings, headaches, sleep disorders, anxiety, and worry are premenstrual symptoms associated with a Vata imbalance. When Vata is out of balance a woman can expect her menstrual flow to be irregular as well as irregularity of the bowels.

To help ease the mind effects of a Vata imbalance daily meditation is suggested. Make daily meditation a routine for you throughout your cycle, not just during the two weeks before menstruation is expected. Take care to not become stressed and avoid overstimulation, especially during this point in your cycle.

Keep foods warm and flowing to promote a regular menstrual flow and regulation of the bowels. Warm, soothing vegetable soups are ideal nutrient sources.

Pamper yourself with a gentle warming massage, using a natural oil such as almond. Gently caress your abdomen in a smooth flowing movement to stimulate circulation and the proper function of the bowels and reproductive organs.

Pitta

Pitta imbalance can cause premenstrual symptoms such as extreme moodiness and irritability, complexion issues and lower abdominal cramping. The ill effects of an imbalance seem to be harsher on Pitta doshas, and it is even more important for them to maintain a balance in the body, mind, and spirit.

Set a routine that allows you to properly cherish your body. Allow time for daily meditation and consumption of foods that nourish you wholly. Cool, sweet foods will help counter the effects of the imbalance. Eat ample fruits, including thick, juicy fruits such as mangoes, pears, peaches and sweet melons.

Coconut oil has cooling properties, and regular massage with it will help to keep your dosha in balance.

Motherwort is a herb that helps ease anxiety and worry, as well as possessing diuretic properties. For this reason, Motherwort is suggested as a treatment for women with Pitta influenced premenstrual syndrome.

Kapha

Symptoms associated with water such as bloating, weight gain, sluggishness and depressive moods are said to be due to a Kapha imbalance.

It is important for Kaphas to keep moving. This will help balance the appetite, reduce fluid buildup and improve overall mood. Exercise does not have to be strenuous. Anything that gets your body moving in continuous fluid movements is recommended. Consider yoga or walking for a low impact option.

Keep meals light to avoid a heavy feeling. Focus primarily on vegetables and fruits, which are eaten warm or at least at room temperature.

Myrrh is an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic herb that also eliminates stress and fatigue. Kaphas may find it useful in the balancing of their dosha. In some cases, premenstrual symptoms mimic those of early pregnancy. If you believe there is any chance that you may be pregnant, you should not use Myrrh as it can have adverse effects on pregnancy.