Premenstrual syndrome or abbreviated PMS is a group of physical and emotional symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. These symptoms appear just before the onset of menstruation and disappear when it begins. They affect about 40% of women and can last from two days to two weeks. The latter coincides with the onset of ovulation.

So far, no cause has been discovered that would explain the appearance of such a different range of symptoms, but PMS seems to be the result of increased capillary permeability, which causes swelling of breast, abdominal and brain tissues. Exacerbation of skin changes and acne may occur. Disorders can be mild and short-lived, but also more intense. Proper diet, stress reduction, regular physical activity and enough sleep can alleviate the discomfort. In some cases, PMS may be the result of increased estrogen secretion caused by a number of factors, particularly stress and nutritional deficiencies.

Physical symptoms include tender and swollen breasts, bloating of the abdomen that may be uncomfortable or painful, urinary disorders, weight gain, general feeling of swelling with swollen arms and legs, and vascular disorders. Emotional symptoms include unpredictable mood swings, irritability, aggression, crying, anxiety, depression, nervousness, headaches, insomnia, drowsiness, loss of concentration, memory disorders, loss of appetite, and libido problems.


- Eat a proper and balanced diet
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol and coffee consumption
- Increase your intake of fiber, fresh and dried vegetables, fruits and grains
- Reduce salt intake
- Reduce your intake of animal fats
- Eat less animal protein
- Eat bread with seeds, rice and pasta
- Take vitamins B, C and E, as well as magnesium, zinc and chromium
- Reduce your intake of refined sugars
- Take tincture of vitex, lady's mantle, ashwagandha, passionflower and golden poppy
- Drink teas made of linden, lavender and valerian
- Avoid stressful situations
- Exercise regularly


If your symptoms prevent you from leading a normal life, consult a doctor.