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Herbal remedies for pms? Anyone?

(17 Posts)
Donbean Fri 28-Jan-05 11:47:48

Every few months i struggle with pms. I know it is pms as i ovulate soon after.
I feel very agressive, irritable and anxious.
This is COMPLETELY out of character for me therefore is completely unacceptable for me.
It may only last a day but i feel out of control.
Hate it.
As i say its not every month, i go from this once month then am tearful another month but im always clumsy and i dont want this to keep happening.
Its not depression so AD's i feel are not the answer, just need something to take the edge off when it does happen.
Can any one suggest any thing or do you experience something similar, if you do then how do you deal with it?
Ps if any one wants ready!

dejags Fri 28-Jan-05 11:49:03

Evening primrose oil or starflower oil work wonders for me. If you ask at Boots they will point you in the right direction. My Gynaecologist also recommends additional Magnesium - it takes about 3/4 cycles to really kick in but I have found it really works.

Donbean Fri 28-Jan-05 11:49:39

Ive got to go to work now but will check answers later, im not ignoring you all. Thanks in anticipation xxxxxxxxxxx

Snugs Fri 28-Jan-05 12:00:18

A friend has just recommended Agnus Castus - she swears by the stuff.

Snugs Fri 28-Jan-05 12:03:03

Google search with loads of info and stuff here

Sheila Fri 28-Jan-05 12:32:08

I found agnus castus made my symptoms (anxiety esp.) worse, although it does seem to work for some. My PMS seems to last all month though so maybe I'm just bad tempered!

Agree that Evening primrose is great for physical syptoms (water retention).

catgirl Fri 28-Jan-05 13:10:12

be careful with agnus castus, as it gave me a rash on my back, made me feel worse and can stop the pill working - when I bought it over the counter, nothing was mentioned, I investigated afterward (which was silly).

Snugs Fri 28-Jan-05 13:33:57

hmmm - was thinking of getting some for myself and you two have put me off now. Bit more investigating in order I think.

Donbean Fri 28-Jan-05 21:40:35

Thanks for the replies. I think i will try the evening primrose and starflower oil.
Ive got to do something because there is no way i want to go through another day like today it has honestly been the worst day i have experienced since i had ds and i feel sick whenever i think about it.

lucy5 Fri 28-Jan-05 21:50:28

The extra magnesium and vit b6 helps me.

SeaShells Fri 28-Jan-05 21:53:05

Evening primrose oil, St Johns Wort.

Donbean Fri 28-Jan-05 21:54:29

How long do these things take to work?

lucy5 Fri 28-Jan-05 21:59:35

mine took about a month to 6 weeks but I find I get use to them and have to give them a break, suffer and start again. unfortuneately ive never found anything that works for good. The closest was 9 glorious months of pregnancy but I think thats a bit drastic.

lilibet Wed 16-Mar-05 11:31:01

I've just given dh the week from hell due to PMS -
anyone else got anything to add to this?
Is it worth trying the oil of evening primrose and starflower?

bundle Wed 16-Mar-05 11:33:50

no compelling evidence for EPO, according to this
website , and placebo effect cannot be ruled out.

lilibet Wed 16-Mar-05 12:39:41

if it works does it matter if its due to a placebo effect?

bundle Wed 16-Mar-05 12:41:06

absolutely not (as long as it doesn't cost too much! ) i think placebo is greatly under-used

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