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PMS are symptoms that most women go through before their period cycle. However, Ayurveda has tips that help reduce these physical and mental changes which bring you discomfort.
Knowing your symptoms is the best way of dealing with PMS.
Symptoms include acne, tender breasts, fatigue, backache, bloating, cramps, irritability and mood swings.
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) refers to physical and mental changes – acne, fatigue, irritability, mood swings, cramps – that most women face a week or two before their menstruation. Your menstrual cycle is affected by vata so it is important that you pay special attention. Vata is a natural force that governs movement so to have a comfortable, healthy and even beneficial monthly cycle, it must be balanced.
Make sure that you are not constipated before you get your period as it can lead to PMS. Mix castor oil with warm milk or warm water and take it daily for two weeks till you get your periods. This mixture pacifies pitta, reduces apana vata, lubricates the intestine and regulates motion. It also reduces mood swings.
Avoid oily, spicy, fast food or junk food at least one week before your period cycle. These can cause gas, constipation, and aggravate vata leading to PMS and an uncomfortable period.
Due to all the changes that the body goes through during this period, it is important to relax. Take rest, and go on leisurely walks for 15-30 minutes without straining yourself.
A lighter diet improves PMS and period cycle drastically.
Vata balancing foods are ideal. Have warm, liquid dishes with smooth textures, such as soups and vegetable purées.
Dried anjeer balances the menstrual flow (Apana Vata), hormones and emotions (Sadhaka Pitta) so include that in your diet during your period cycle.
Premenstrual syndrome is very common and the symptoms may vary. But if your symptoms are severe, speak to one of our doctors. To talk to a Jiva doctor, dial 0129-4040404 or click on ‘Speak to a Doctor’ under the CONNECT tab in Jiva Health App.
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