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Pre Menstrual Syndrome 106 - Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Herbs for Stress

| Tuesday, June 9, 2009
As we mentioned in previous article, Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their difference in living style and social structure. The occurrence of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) have more than doubled over the past 50 years due to the acceptance of it as a medical condition that is caused by unhealthy diet with high in saturated food. Premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women's menstrual cycle, it effects a women's physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss herbs for stress help to treat PMS.

1. Hawthorn berry
Hawthorn berry besides has been used widely in treating circulatory problem such as congestion of blood vessels in the chest area, it also contains high amount of proanthocyanidins which is necessary in enhancing enzyme metabolism and oxygen utilization thereby, reducing the risk of stress caused by oxygen deficiency or heart related disease.

2. Chamomile
Chamomile has been used in traditional medicine in treating cardiovascular problem, diarrhea. gastro intestine disease and sleeplessness. It contains substances which are antispasmodic resultinh in easing the intestine and premenstrual cramps caused by intestinal gas thereby decreasing the stress for some women with PMS, if the stress is caused by intestine effects.

3. Feverfew
Feverfew is a plant native to Southeastern Europe. It has been used in European traditional medicine as a remedy for headaches. It contains parthenolide which is ingredient used to treat stress caused by migraine and headache.

4. Ginseng
Ginseng is a psychostimulants and monoamine transporters thereby having all kinds of effects including enhanced alertness, wakefulness, and the activity of the central and peripheral nervous system, thereby, decreasing the stress caused by nervous tension.

5. Valerian
Valerian contains valerenic acid which is extracted from the valerian plant. It is sedative, beside helping to reduce the inflammation, it also inhibits the nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells which is a protein complex that acts as a transcription factor and involves in cellular responses to stress.

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