Although PMS (premenstrual syndrome) has been recognized for many years, the cause is still unclear. Generally, symptoms increase the week before the period and then decrease when the period begins. More than 150 symptoms have been associated with PMS including mood fluctuations, cravings, and physical discomfort. For some, symptoms might be mildly irritating but not limit activity, for others the pain can be so debilitating that you just want to crawl into bed.
Aside from anti-inflammatory medication and other comfort care measures, there are many things that you can do to naturally alleviate your symptoms. From an Ayurvedic perspective, PMS may indicate an imbalance in the three doshas, leading to different types of symptoms. Here’s a snapshot of common symptoms by dosha:
Vata-type symptoms are characterized by:
- Low backache
- Lower abdominal pain
- Mood swings
Pitta-type symptoms include:
- Breast tenderness
- Hot flashes
- Skin breakouts
Kapha-type symptoms involve:
- Water retention
- Weight gain
Dosha-balancing regimens are recommended depending on the doshic imbalances involved, but there are some things that you can do to relieve PMS symptoms in all dosha types. It may take up to three months to see a significant effect, but most of these recommendations will support general good health, too.
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