A research conducted in several countries showed that Chinese herbs are more effective in relieving menstrual pain than drugs and other methods like acupuncture and compressions.
For many women symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) become so severe that they interfere with their normal activity. And though this condition is frequently met, experts still cannot give full explanation to this phenomenon or a right treatment.
For many women premenstrual period brings in a whole range of emotional and physical disturbances, which affects women's quality of life. Women often report about nervousness and mood fluctuations, depression
, fluid retention, headaches, constipation, breast tenderness and other symptoms. These symptoms usually appear one or two weeks prior to menstruation and stop when menstruation begins.
Generally it is advised to keep to a healthy nutritious diet during your periods. Stay away from foods that lead to water retention and bloating, which can contribute to PMS and further to discomfort during periods.
These are salty foods, alcohol and caffeine. Also try to limit the amount of dairy, processed, fried and sweet food.
It is also important to change your diet before your periods start because it takes time for your body to detoxify.
Those women who decided to give up smoking may succeed if they chose the right time of the month- during a premenstrual period, the study says.
The study conducted at the University of Michigan showed that 85 percent of women who tried to give up smoking after their periods did not managed to do it. In comparison, 66 percent of women who attempted to quit smoking after ovulation stage and before their periods failed to do so.
Experts explain that during the menstrual cycle different levels of female sex hormones
influence their ability to stop the bad habit.