Treating PMDD

PMDD Vitamins and Herbal Remedies

Posted on: February 12, 2011

In my last post about help for PMDD mood changes I mentioned that PMDD vitamins and herbal remedies are a good way to help. I thought I would elaborate on that a little further with not just the mood changes, but how herbs and vitamins for PMDD can help with many symptoms and also help you to control your hormones that are too much in flux during the last several days of the menstrual cycle.

Below are just a few of these that can really help if you give them a try:

  • Magnesium– Taking 250-350 milligrams of magnesium daily can greatly reduce PMDD symptoms, help boost mood, improve sleep quality, reduce cramping and pain, and even help reduce stress. You will get some magnesium from your diet as well so be aware of that before taking supplements.
  • Vitamin B-6– You will find that a B-complex supplement or 100 mg B-6 supplement can go a long way towards stopping dysphoria as well as other premenstrual dysphoric disorder problems, such as water retention and cramping.
  • Tryptophan– L-tryptophan is the ingredient in turkey that is thought to make people sleepy after a thanksgiving meal. This has been shown to be very effective for people with PMDD. One of the most recommended supplements for the condition, it is proven to help reduce both severe physical and emotional symptoms associated with the condition.
  • Valerian Root– This is quite a smelly herb, but it can be quite effective at reducing or eliminating PMDD symptoms. Valerian is shown to have remarkable properties in terms of helping to eliminate stress and anxiety, reducing mood swings and helping many people to get a better night’s rest.
  • St. John’s Wort– This is a powerful anti-depressant that has been shown to work just as well as prescription drugs but comes without the side effects!



6 Responses to "PMDD Vitamins and Herbal Remedies"

I am thankful to know there is natuarl help for my pmdd. I would like to know if I should take the vitamins and herbs daily or only during the week before my cycle, when I am experiancing my syptoms?

Hi Sonya,

This depends on the herb and vitamin I would say, but mostly you would be able to take these closer to the start and during the last week of the cycle.
However the causes of some of the hormonal imbalances such as stress or poor sleeping might occur all through the month culminating in PMDD so you would look to fix those with lifestyle change or herbal remedies all through the month. 🙂

I have been taking 20mg of paxil for years. I have tried to wean myself off a few times but my anger and lack of patients always return with a vengence. I need to stop taking the paxil now due to lack of insurance and I’m worried. I don’t feel like I suffer from depression but I have been diagnosed with PMDD and my biggest issue is my temper. I am normally a calm, happy person but I completely lose control of my emotions when I’m not on my medication. What is the best natural suplement for my problem? Please Help! Thank you!

You should contact the non-profit association Point of Return to help you get off your medication.

It seems there is very little information available about PMDD treatment options. For years, many women were simply told that they have more severe cases of PMS and would just have a battle through it. Finally, after years of knowing this was not the case, there is new medical information that can help diagnose PMDD in women.

pmddBut, this was just the first step in a long process to find relief. In general, PMDD can be diagnosed if there are multiple severe symptoms of PMS at any given time. Commonly, if you exhibit three or more of the symptoms of PMS at any one time, chances are you have PMDD.

Avoid the following substances when using St. John’s Wort: Amino acids tryptophan and tyrosine; amphetamines; asthma inhalants; beer, coffee, wine; chocolate, fava beans, salami, smoked or pickled foods, and yogurt; cold or hay fever medicines; diet pills; narcotics; nasal decongestants. They all contain chemicals that react adversely to hypericin, causing high blood pressure and nausea.
– Murray, M. — The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines: Vitamins, Minerals, Nutritional Supplements, Herbs, and Other Natural Products. — Bantam, 2002. 786.

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