Looking for alternative natural treatments for PMDD, or Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder?
Do you suffer from 1-2 weeks per month of uncontrollable mood swings that seem to coincide with your menstrual cycle? If so, you are not alone, and you could have PMDD. Statistics show as many as 10% of women may currently suffer from PMDD while only 40% of those suffering know about PMDD. If you think you have PMDD but you aren’t sure, consider the following.
PMDD Symptoms are hormonal in nature, so pay attention to the calendar. Mark your expected ovulation days, your expected menstruation days and determine if your symptoms revolve around those dates.
Most women experience an immense relief of symptoms as soon as their menstruation begins. It seems when the hormones change, the mood changes. This is not something easily controllable, and many people, including partners and spouses, tend not to even begin to understand.
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa). Be sure to watch out for how many miligrams per capsule you buy—some brands can be misleadingly sparse.
Known widely for its relief of menopausal symptoms, black cohosh is wonderful herb for PMDD, especially when it comes to treating irritability and sleeplessness. Bonus: Black Cohosh helps with acne! However, it does come with some warnings. Taking Black Cohosh for more than one year can affect your liver. PMDD Girl says, “I took black cohosh every day for 6 months and noticed a discernible difference in mood and tiredness when not taking it. “
St. John’s Wort has been used successfully to treat mild depression and the moodiness that sometimes accompanies PMS/PMDD for decades. It can interact with certain medications and with Ginkgo Biloba. Personally, I chose to use one or the other, but not both together for long-term use.
Vitex Angus Castus (Chasteberry). Vitex has a great reputation for helping with infertility, menopause, PMS and PMDD symptoms such as headaches, irritability and mood. It has also been shown to help regulate cycles by affecting progesterone levels. 750mg is recommended daily.Research has shown thousands of women who have responsibly used the following herbal remedies for PMDD have found significant relief without the need for medication. Consult your doctor as this is not medical advice. The FDA has not reviewed the contents of this site, which are not intended to cure or treat any disease.
Daily Self Defense is the only multi-vitamin supplement we currently recommend for all around treatment of PMDD. It addresses mood, some physical symptoms, energy and sleep quality all in one. It has 40 nutrients, tons of studies, and contains those nutrients in such a small, absorbable size that they have been shown to actually affect mood and sleep quality day to day. Many with PMDD
find that taking Daily Self Defense mitigates the need for SSRIs, 5HTP, Vitex and St. John’s Wart as well as all the “ABC’s” and many minerals.
Evening Primrose Oil can be very effective in treating breast tenderness and fluid retention. It is also known to combat hair loss associated with hormonal imbalances. This is typically taken the week before menstruation and the week of menstruation for maximum effectiveness. Be wary of milligram dosage when purchasing Evening Primrose Oil. Some sellers like to sell low milligram dosages for the same price as the more concentrated versions.