One of the most common hormone-related conditions of otherwise healthy women is premenstrual syndrome (PMS). For ten to fourteen days before menses, women may experience a wide variety of symptoms, some of which include mood swings, headaches, abdominal bloating, depression, sugar craving, cramps, irritability, and weight gain. These will last through two to three days of menstruation, sometimes longer.
Theories on the causes of PMS vary, but hormonal, nutritional, and psychological factors are all possibilities, as are the stresses of Western culture.
Belladonna 30X – Changeable moods. Abdomen distended, tender, swollen. Breasts feel heavy, are hard and red. Throbbing, hammering headache. Nausea and vomiting.
Lachesis Mutus 30X – Great physical and mental tension. Manic-depression. Flushes of heat. Abdomen hot, sensitive, painfully stiff front loin down thighs. Uterine and ovarian pains, all relieved by the flow. Hemorrhages, vertex headache. Migraine, pain extending to neck and shoulders. Vomits during menses with headache.
Magnesia Phosphorica 30X – Cramping of muscles with radiating pains. Mental depression and anxiety. Bloated, full sensation in abdomen. Aching in small of back. Menstrual cramps. Membranous dysmenorrhea. Constant nausea.
Natrum Muriaticum 30X – Depressed and introverted. Anxiety and fear. Alternating mental conditions. Cutting pain in abdomen. Distended. Menses irregular, usually profuse. Migraine headaches.
Nux Vomica 30X – Very irritable. Cannot bear noises, odors, light. Angry and impatient. Bruised soreness of abdominal walls. Menses too early, lasts too long, always irregular. Dysmenorrhea with pain in sacrum. Migraines. Frontal headache.
Pulsatilla 30X – Changeable moods. Weeps easily. Painful, distended abdomen. Breasts, sore, aching. Tardy menses, irregular. Wandering stitches about head, pains extend to face and teeth.
Sepia 30X – Angry, sensitive, irritable, easily offended and miserable. Menses too late and scanty, irregular, early and profuse, sharp clutching pains. Mania from profuse menses. Acne, worse before menses. Headache in terrible shocks at menstrual time with scanty flow with desire for sex.