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How Chinese Herbal Medicine can help PMS

Menstrual Health

Are there natural ways to help ease premenstrual syndrome (PMS)? We asked our friends at Zilch Formulas to step and share how they use Chinese Medicine to help.

 

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a shared experience for many, but it doesn't mean you have to accept it as your 'normal.' Yes, some discomfort is expected, but it's time to take action when it borders on symptoms that disrupt your life. The good news is that there are natural approaches that can help.

 

Understanding PMS

PMS encompasses a range of physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms that typically occur in the days leading up to your period. These symptoms can vary widely from person to person; however, common symptoms include bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, and food cravings.

 

Foods to Assist Your Cycle

A great initial step is to evaluate your diet. Certain foods can exacerbate PMS symptoms, while others can provide relief.

  1. Reduce Salt and Sugar. Excessive salt and sugar can contribute to bloating and mood swings. Cut down on processed foods and opt for whole, unprocessed options.
  2. Increase Calcium and Magnesium. Incorporate foods like leafy greens, nuts, and dairy products into your diet.
  3. Include Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Found in fatty fish like salmon and walnuts, omega-3s can help reduce inflammation.
  4. Limit Caffeine and Alcohol. These substances can worsen anxiety and irritability.
  5. Add Warm Foods and Remove Cold. Chinese Medicine believes cold can affect the channels that go through the uterus and reproductive system, causing stagnation and pain.
Zilch Formulas was established in Australia in 2016, and combines the wisdom of 15+ years of clinical experience with the purity of 100% Chinese Herbal ingredients. Keen to try? Use code ZILCHPMS10 at checkout for 10% off your first order.
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