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Menstrual cramps are classified as primary dysmenorrhea or secondary dysmenorrhea. Your average case of menstrual cramps is referred to as primary dysmenorrhea, meaning they are due to a functional mechanism such as abnormal prostaglandin production from the uterine endometrium, especially PGF 2 alpha, increased inflammatory substances or lack of ovulation. Secondary dysmenorrhea is due to […]

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is defined as the cyclic physical symptoms and mood change which start sometime from mid-cycle to the end of the menses but then ends either with the onset of menses or by the end of menses. Changes in neurotransmitters and prostaglandins are the primary physiological issues of PMS. Curcumin studies demonstrate its […]

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The cause of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is not convincingly known, and continued exploration into possible dietary associations goes on. Investigators conducted a study nested within the Nurses’ Health Study, a very large group of women who provide biennial reports on their diet and lifestyle and health status. The possible association of dietary B vitamin intake […]

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The results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial using St. John’s Wort for PMS sufferers were recently published. 36 women with regular menstrual cycles who were diagnosed with mild PMS were randomly assigned to receive St. John’s Wort tablets (900 mg/day and standardized to 0.18% hypericin and 3.38% hyperforin) or placebo for two menstrual […]

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Cyclic breast pain, called cyclic mastalgia is one of the most common problems in menstruating women. A recent study has determined once again, the therapeutic value of vitamin E as a safe and effective treatment for cyclic mastalgia. This study was a double blind clinical trial in 150 women in Iran. Two groups of 75 […]

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a combination of St. John’s wort and chaste tree berry in the treatment of PMS-like symptoms in peri-menopausal women. This clinical trial was conducted over 16 weeks and information was collected at 4 week intervals rating PMS scores in peri-menopausal women who were experiencing […]

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An association between vitamin D deficiency and many mood disorders has been suggested in several studies. These associations include major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), premenstrual syndrome and other depressive disorders. Peer-reviewed research studies were located in various data-bases searching for studies investigating vitamin D and depression, seasonal affective disorder, PMS, postpartum depression, perinatal […]

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Ginkgo and PMS

A recent study was done on students with PMS living in Tehran. Eighty-five women completed the study. Participants were given 40 mg three times daily of a standardized ginkgo extract or a placebo from day 16 of the cycle to day 5 of the next cycle. Self-administered questionnaires were used and a diagnosis of PMS […]

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Vitex and PMS in Chinese Women

Chinese women suffering from moderate to severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) were studied in a prospective, double-blind, placebo controlled, parallel-group, multi-center clinical trial. A Vitex agnus castus extract, contained 4.0 mg of dried ethanolic (70%). The mean total Premenstrual Syndrome Diary (PMSD) score decreased from 29.23 at baseline to 6.41 at the end of the third […]

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Ginger and Menstrual Cramps

One hundred and fifty reproductive aged women with primary dysmenorrheal (menstrual cramps) were divided into three groups, in a double-blind clinical trial. Group one received ginger rhizome powder capsules, 250 mg four times a day for three days starting day one of their menses. The second group received 250 mg mefenamic acid capsules, four times […]

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