PMT - Child of London, 2010

 


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PMT(also called PMS), for many women, spells only one word. That word is 'nightmare'! Pre-menstrual tension and pre-menstrual syndrome are terms for a hormonal imbalance which can turn the world of a woman upside down each month for about a week. Her partner and her children may not understand why she is being so snappy or tearful and this can create confusion within the family.

 

PMT is common in young and middle-aged women - three in four women have PMT. It can start up to two weeks before the period and usually goes away when the period starts.

There are more than 150 different symptoms, which can occur in PMT. Fortunately no woman suffers from them all. The most commonly experienced symptoms can be divided into 4 categories:


  • Anxiety: anxiety, irritability and mood swings. This is a category of very commonly experienced symptoms, affecting up to 80% of women.
  • Cravings: headache, craving for sweets, increased appetite, heart pounding, fatigue, dizziness or fainting. Up to 60% of women experience these symptoms.
  • Hyperhydration: weight gain, swelling of the extremities, breast tenderness and abdominal bloating. Up to 40% women can experience these changes.
  • Depression: depression, forgetfulness, crying, confusion and insomnia. Only 5% of women experience these symptoms, but they can be the most

 

The monthly menstrual cycle is regulated mainly by two hormones – estrogen and progesterone.  They ensure that the ovaries release an egg and that the lining of the uterus is ready to house the egg and breaks down when the egg is not fertilized. There is a very delicate balance between estrogen and progesterone. Researchers believe that the main cause of PMT is an alteration in their balance during the menstrual cycle, which creates an accumulation of salt and water in the system. The change in the balance of the hormones also causes changes in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Hormone imbalance can sometimes be caused by a lack of essential fatty acids in the diet. Lack of some vitamins, such as B6, also causes irregularity in the menstrual cycle.


PMT Screening


Menstruation, and the period of time before it, need not be an unpleasant experience. Treatment following a correct identification of the root causes can alleviate a range of PMT symptoms. To illuminate root causes of PMT, a comprehensive assessment of hormones involved in the regulation of the menstrual cycle (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) can be performed. The saliva test provides a thorough analysis of levels of these hormones over a full 28 day cycle. A fatty acids profile can also be beneficial for PMT sufferers.


Ways to Reduce PMT


  • Avoid putting yourself under unnecessary stress or setting unreasonable goals.
  • Eat less salt to reduce water retention.
  • Reduce alcohol intake, as alcohol robs the body of essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Reduce caffeine intake by cutting down on tea and coffee as caffeine lowers the body’s ability to absorb certain essential nutrients.
  • Reduce intake of saturated fats and sugar.
  • Relax by taking gentle exercise, such as yoga, and by taking warm baths.

 

Natural Treatment of PMT


Therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, homoeopathy and nutrition may help to alleviate the physical and psychological symptoms of PMT. Unlike painkillers, which provide only symptomatic relief, they treat not only the pain but also the cause of the pain, thus helping to provide a lasting solution. For best results, the treatment programme should be prescribed following a thorough assessment.

A 2010 study which examined data from 27 different Randomised Controlled Trials concluded that acupuncture was the preferred option for reducing pain when compared to pharmacological options. A 2008 German study of women with period pain concluded that acupuncture can help to relieve menstrual pain and improve quality of life. A 1999 review by the British Acupuncture Council concluded that acupuncture could be highly effective in the treatment of period pain, helping about 80% of patients. Herbal medicine also offers solutions for PMT as many of the herbs have been found to be effective in promoting female hormone balance.

 

 Dr. Thomas Marshall-Manifold has over 30 years experience helping people with variety of health problems, including PMT. He developed a unique system of biomedical testing and uses natural therapies including Acupuncture, Herbalism, Nutrition, Complex Homoeopathy and Chiropractic Technique. He also uses the above described screening profiles to find the causes of PMT.

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