Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), an annoying disorder that is characterized by symptoms such as alterations in mood and irritability, fatigue, excessive tenderness in the breasts, sleep disorders, headache, and abdominal swelling a few days before menstruation , affects no less than three out of four women of childbearing age in Spain.

However, and despite its high prevalence, experts estimate that more than 80% of women affected by PMS do not consult their doctor or pharmacist to try to relieve symptoms.

Some products made with natural ingredients - and whose effectiveness has already been proven in clinical trials - can alleviate the mild and moderate symptoms of PMS

Therefore, the Spanish Society of Phytotherapeutic Gynecology (SEGIF), has decided to carry out a campaign throughout our country to report on this syndrome and how it can be treated, as well as the discomfort it causes, another of its consequences is the increase in absenteeism, which in Spain SEGIF calculates in about six or seven days of loss per affected year, with an annual cost of around 180,000,000 euros.

In addition to the usual treatment with analgesics and anti-inflammatories, the president of SEGIF, Dr. Javier Haya, explains that some products made with natural ingredients -and whose efficacy has already been proven in clinical trials-, constitute an alternative to alleviate mild symptoms. moderate SPM. The specialist proposes a compound that includes medicinal plants such as Vitex agnus castus, Angelica sinensis, and tansy, in addition to vitamins and minerals.

Dr. Haya explains that it has been shown that Vitex agnus castus reduces breast pain (mastodynia) and is effective in controlling pain of inaccurate origin and fluid retention, and adds that this plant seems to act on the brain dopamine, promoting a feeling of tranquility in the patient. The Angelica sinensis It has anti-inflammatory properties, and tansy is effective as an analgesic, especially to mitigate headaches.

Magnesium and vitamins B6 and E also seem to be effective in alleviating the discomfort of premenstrual syndrome, according to several studies in this regard. In the case of magnesium, it is able to decrease the headaches associated with PMS, and studies relate it to its properties to reduce anxiety. Regarding vitamin B, an essay published in 'American Journal of Clinical Nutrition' revealed that women who follow a diet rich in this vitamin had a lower risk of suffering from the syndrome.

Source: Spanish Society of Phytotherapeutic Gynecology (SEGIF)

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