Most of the following
complementary therapies aren't considered standard treatment for PMS. But you may
find that one or more of them helps to relieve some of your symptoms. In
general, these treatments are safe and don't cause bothersome side effects.
Before you take any vitamin, herb, or mineral supplement, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can find out if it might interfere with other medicines you are taking.
Be sure to follow the
directions on the label. Don't take more than the maximum dose.
Some supplements and remedies should be
avoided if you are trying to get pregnant.
Vitamin E is used by some women to help with breast tenderness related to PMS.
Complementary therapies sometimes used for PMS
Black cohoshBlack cohosh is sometimes used to relieve menopause symptoms, and it might help relieve symptoms of PMS. If you plan to take black cohosh, talk to your doctor about how to take it safely.
Zinc may help
improve PMS-related acne.
Vitex (agnus-castus, or chasteberry) might help relieve irritability, anger, breast tenderness, bloating,
cramping, and headaches. But possible side effects
include nausea, gastrointestinal upset, and malaise.
Ginkgo biloba may reduce
breast tenderness, bloating, and weight gain.
Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) may offer
mild relief of breast tenderness.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 25, 2014
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