In the modern world we live in, women often endeavour to go about their normal day be it work or leisure during menstruation, regardless of how they are feeling. For some women, they find menstruation a special time of reflection, renewal, creativity and sensitivity, but for many others it can be a very painful, even an anxious time for all kinds of reasons. Menstruation involves a complex interplay of hormones as well as the reproductive organs. Understanding the hormonal interactions and progressions is the beginning of understanding the problems that can occur during the menstrual cycle. There are many issues and problems that are experienced; but there are also many herbs, foods and even the slightest change to certain lifestyle factors can help overcome, even resolve these issues.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
A small amount of feeling emotional and even tiredness before a period is normal and could be considered as ‘premenstrual awareness’ rather than a problem. It’s your body giving you signals that it’s time to get ready, and be aware of what your body needs. However, it’s when these signals become heightened or exaggerated that it becomes known as PMS. It can be mild, it can present various unpleasant physical symptoms as well as emotional feelings. It can make a woman miserable as well as their life for part of every month. Most women will experience PMS at least once in their life. While PMS often stops once menstruation begins, in some cases, symptoms of PMS can persist until it is over.
- Achy muscles
- Runny nose or watery eyes
- Swelling and redness
- Low-grade fever
- Trouble concentrating
- Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- Hair loss
- Skin rashes
- Tenderness or pain
How it affects everyday life
No-one likes feeling sick, and it can leave you feeling miserable. Immune conditions can affect your everyday life, from having a few bad days to leaving you completely debilitated, with little to no quality of life.
There are multiple herbs that have many benefits for the immune system. Some of the actions of these herbs include immune-stimulant, immunomodulator, immunosuppression, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antispasmodic, febrifuge, to name just a few.
The capacity of these herbs has useful applications for infections and in immune-mediated disorders including autoimmune conditions. Studies indicate they are also helpful in organ transplant rejection (1)
Herbalists work on various levels to help the immune system work more effectively and support the body through the healing process.
How long is the Average Treatment?
It is difficult to determine how long it will take any individual to start seeing results, it usually depends on the following:
- How you react to herbs
- Your compliance to taking the herbs and making the recommended changes
- How long you have had the condition
- The severity of the condition
What you need to do?
Please be prepared that it takes time for the herbs to work. Herbal medicine does not work like pharmaceutical drugs. They often require some time, especially as they tend to work gently and subtly. This is not a quick fix.
Please be willing to work with me, take the medication as prescribed and make the changes which are attainable as well as practical.
How I will help you
Make a treatment plan by creating short term and long terms goals
Identify areas in your life that may be negatively impacting your health.
Give you practical and attainable changes, with lots of support along the way.
Emotional Support along this journey, helping you to help keep on track.
1- Amirghofran Z Herbal Medicines for immunosuppression. Iran J Allergy Asthma Immunol June 2012; 11(2): 111-119