Unraveling the Mysteries of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Causes, Varieties, and Holistic Approaches

Posted by Kathleen Flanagan on

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a monthly occurrence for approximately 50% of pre-menopausal menstruating women, marked by a range of physical and emotional upsets in the days leading up to menstruation. This article delves into the causes, types, and holistic approaches to managing PMS symptoms.

Clin­i­cal features

PMS manifests in four distinct subgroups, each characterized by specific symptoms and hormonal patterns, as classified by Dr. Guy Abraham:




PMS-A (Anxiety)


Nervous tension, anxiety, mood swings, and irritability.

High estrogen to progesterone ratio, potentially linked to excess milk, animal fats, and nervous excitability.

PMS-C (Craving)


Increased appetite, sweet cravings, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, or fainting.

Low blood sugar, low prostaglandins.

PMS-D (Depression)


Depression, crying, forgetfulness, confusion, and insomnia.

High progesterone, low estrogen, high androgens, and elevated lead levels.

PMS-H (Hyper-hydration)


High progesterone, low estrogen, high androgens, and elevated lead levels.

Attributed to increased sodium retention.


PMS is linked to an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone, controlled by the pituitary gland influenced by the hypothalamus. This hormonal dance is sensitive to stress and psychological disturbances, contributing to the variability of PMS from month to month.

According to Dr. Abraham, dietary habits play a crucial role, with PMS sufferers consuming more refined carbohydrates, sugar, dairy, sodium, and less iron, manganese, and zinc. Supplementation with high doses of magnesium and pyridoxine has shown a 70% reduction in PMS symptoms.

Aro­mather­apy Treatment

In conjunction with a nutritional approach, essential oils and aromatherapy techniques have proven successful in reducing the severity of PMS symptoms.

Other Treat­ments

Evidence suggests a strong connection between dietary imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and PMS symptoms. Dietary recommendations include increased consumption of green leafy vegetables (except for the brassica family), elimination of refined starches and processed foods, and a focus on vitamin B6-rich foods.


Chinese Herb Dong Quai

Dong quai has been found to relieve PMS symptoms, adding a natural herbal remedy to the arsenal against PMS discomfort.

Meta­phys­i­cal Cause

Beyond the physical aspects, metaphysical causes such as allowing confusion, external influences, rejection of feminine processes, and uncontrolled emotions are explored as potential contributors to PMS.

In conclusion, understanding the multifaceted nature of PMS empowers individuals to explore holistic approaches that encompass lifestyle changes, nutritional adjustments, and natural remedies for effective symptom management.

Check out Lighten Up for PMS Relief here.

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