A Natural Approach to PMS
Complete Blood Count and Differential:
Some of the symptoms of PMS may be due to anemia or other abnormality found in a blood count. Sometimes you can see nutritional deficiencies in “normal” blood tests.
Blood Chemistry Panel
This is a good overview of general health. Since PMS usually has many factors, correcting general health will often improve PMS.
Many of the symptoms of PMS may reveal an under-functioning thyroid. The thyroid has been called “the third ovary.” Another easy test to perform for the thyroid is the Barnes Basal Body Temperature Test. Have the client take her axillary temperature immediately upon awakening. The temperature should be between 97.8°F and 98.2°F. A lower temperature is a possible indication of hypothyroidism.
The obvious thing to look for in PMS is hormone imbalance. Several laboratory panels will test for progesterone, estrogen, prolactin, and other pertinent hormones.
PMS is multifactorial; in other words, there is no single cause that will explain every case of PMS. Excess estrogen can cause problems by reducing the production of serotonin, decreasing the action of vitamin B6, causing other hormone imbalances, reducing endorphin levels, creating breast tenderness, and adversely affecting liver function. Excess estrogen can be caused by a deficiency of B vitamins, lack of sulfur‐containing amino acids, stasis of bile (due to thickening—commonly called “sluggish liver). By the same token, biliary stasis, and poor liver function may cause excess estrogen through poor detoxification of estrogen. The thyroid or adrenal glands may be involved, or there may be problems with bowel flora (dysbiosis) or hidden allergies.
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