Using herbal remedies to overcome the symptoms of PMS is a popular means of evading the side effects that plague the more mainstream pain killers that are for sale in the supermarket. Ranging in severity from liver failure to coma, it is not surprising that women in search of relief think twice before popping some pills that might sicken them worse than the PMS ever could. Of course, herbal remedies do not have exact dosing information – in part because there rarely are any medical studies that support their claims of PMS relief – and it is up to the women ready to use these substances to figure out how much to take an how often to take it.
How to find out which herbs lessen PMS symptoms for you, it is advisable to first discuss available herbs with a doctor and get the straight information on their purported advantages, and also discovered disadvantages. Remember that just because something is a plant derived substance, it is not to be equated with a benign substance that does no harm to the human body. Instead, there is the chance that some herbal remedies may indeed offer relief to women suffering with PMS induced cramping, headaches, and mood swings, but at the same time they may interfere with any prescription medicines that are being taken.
Once you have narrowed down your list of herbs to those which are not going to have an adverse effect on your bodily health or interfere with any prescription drugs you are taking, consider the PMS symptoms each herb purports to cure. The most common remedies are female ginseng, white peony root, and also evening primrose oil. Carefully check the dosage requirements prior to taking your first dose. It is a good idea to keep a notebook handy and record the severity of symptoms, the time you took your dose of the herbal substance, the actual dosage itself, and then record benchmark recordings, such as 15, 30, 45, and also 60 minutes after ingesting the herbal remedy.
When PMS symptoms recur, record in your notebook the time that elapsed from ingesting the herbs to the time that the symptoms returned; moreover, do not forget to also record if the severity of the symptoms has gotten worse or lessened. If you notice little effect or the symptoms return rather quickly, consider upping the dose a bit to see if there is any change. Make sure to also record side effects, if any, and then find out if they get worse as you increase the dosage of the herbs. It is unwise to mix and match herbs until you first know how one of them acts with your body, and also what your bodily response to the herb is going to be.
As you continue your experimentation, be prepared to have these tests cover a couple of months, since PMS only lasts for about five to seven days and only occurs once per month. Remember that headache relief at any other time of the month might not be the same since it is likely not caused by hormonal flux, such as PMS induced headaches.