What's Your PMS Type?

10:15 AM Posted by Jo Pedranti

I think most women have experienced PMS at some stage during their life. When I was younger I felt horrible days before my period. Fortunately, I haven't had any problems  since I started taking care of my body holistically.

PMS is mostly connected to toxicity, nutritional imbalances, and hormonal imbalance. A poor diet and nutritional deficiencies are the primarily causes of PMS. When your diet is high in sugar, white flour, corn syrup, and caffeine the chances are higher that you suffer from PMS. I noticed a significant difference when I removed all the refined white products and processed foods in favor of a diet high in vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, and  good sources of protein. It is important to avoid synthetic estrogens in food and aim for organic dairy and meat. Good fats are important so experts suggest to increase your amount of omega oils, and especially Evening Primrose Oil which has proven helpful for many women.

According to Dr. Henry Bieler, in his book, Food Is Your Best Medicine, PMS means that the digestive tract and liver have become irritated from a poor diet, and as a result the toxins are entering the blood stream

PMS has been divided into different groups according to the symptoms and hormonal patterns. It is possible for a woman to suffer from all four types in one cycle, and only suffer from one in the next cycle. So, what type are you?

The different PMS types:

PMS-A (anxiety)
This group is associated with anxiety and symptoms include nervous tension, mood swings, anxiety, and irritability. This group biochemically shows a high estrogen to progesterone ratio. This could be related to congestion in the liver, and excess milk and animal fats. Steven Horne suggests that using liver cleansing herbs to clear congestion and progesterone cream may be helpful. Steven Horne also says magnesium, B6, and  GLA, (Gamma-linolenic acid) may be helpful as well. GLA can be found in plant based oils such as borage seed oil, evening primrose oil and black currant seed oil.

PMS-C (craving)
This group shows an increased appetite and food cravings, especially for sugar and chocolate. Some of the symptoms are dizziness, fainting, fatigue, and heart palpitations. This is linked with hypoglycemia and low prostaglandins. Remedies for hypoglycemia may be helpful, and Horne recommends Licorice root, and AlgaeCravings for chocolate may be caused by magnesium deficiency and essential fatty acid deficiencies. He also says zinc and B6 are other supplements that may help.

PMS-D (depression)
Depression, forgetfulness, crying, confusion, and insomnia are some of the characteristics of this group. According to Steven Horne, this is related to high progesterone and low estrogen, and magnesium  levels seem to be low in this group as well. Heavy metal toxicity from lead may be another factor. Steven Horne says natural phytoestrogens may be helpful.  He also says antistress vitamin supplement in herbal base can supply essential B-vitamins. Horne says St. John's Wort is an herb that historically has been used for the nervous system.

PMS-H (hyper hydration)
This group is associated with fluid retention. Weight gain, breast tenderness, swelling of extremities, and abdominal bloating are some of the characteristics of this group. According to Steven Horne this is caused by elevated levels of the hormone aldosterone. He also says diuretics may help. Horne also says Vitamin E, GLA, magnesium  and phytoestrogens may be helpful for this type of PMS as well.

Yeast infections may also contribute to PMS. Yeast infections are closely related to general toxicity. Progesterone affects yeast growth which means that women with yeast overgrowth often have more problems with yeast related symptoms during their later half of their cycle. You might want to consider Candida cleansing if you have problems with vaginal yeast infections, taken a lot of antibiotics or birth control pills. The endocrine glands work together, so thyroid problems may also contribute to PMS.

Essential oils and aromatherapy treatments may be beneficial in PMS. According to Battaglia, sweet fennel, geranium, and juniper berry used in a lymphatic drainage massage may reduce fluid retention.

Battaglia writes that clary sage, rose, geranium, sweet fennel influence the production of hormones and may be beneficial for  PMS. He says Roman chamomile, rose, and bergamot may be used to reduce irritability and depression. Battaglia also says in order for the essential oils to be beneficial for PMS, the above essential oils need to be used daily in a massage blend with evening primerose oil as the base oil.

Source: Salvatore Battaglia (1995). The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The Perfect Potion Pty Ltd

The best you can do is to avoid toxins and refined products. Eat a wholesome diet rich in vegetables, fruits and good proteins. Aim to buy as much organic food as possible, and don't forget to make sure you get sufficient amount of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. 

This post is linked up to:
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  1. Stephanie said...

    I have always been a mix of both a and b...so is my daughter, although she leans more to a....and we never crave sugar, only salt. LOL!
    Great info Jo, thanks so much!

  2. Lacey said...

    I have PMDD aka PMS on cocaine :( According to your chart, I have all 4 symptoms most months. I try to limit refined carbs and I'm noticing that Magnesium is a common thread, good to know.

    Thanks for the info, like usual!

  3. Jasmine said...

    Thanks for the info. I think I'm a mix of a couple, but C seems more like it.

    I get headaches and feel dizzy.

    Great, as usual.

  4. Jo's Health Corner said...

    You're welcome. I guess you have to make sure you have some salty things at home..I used to crave chocolate when I was younger.

  5. Jo's Health Corner said...

    My daughter has hypoglycemic symptoms if I don't make sure she eats regularly. She handles the days better if she starts with protein for breakfasts. It can be eggs, left over steak, or protein shake first..Thanks for visiting.

  6. Jo's Health Corner said...

    It is great that you limit the refined carbs. I have had times in the past where I have had all four symptoms too...

  7. Luis Anderson said...

    what a wonderful article. But these pills (Xenesis
    are also natural

  8. Laurie said...

    I have noticed that eating better has lead to milder symptoms for me, but I still get a bit of water retention and fatigue. Interesting post.

  9. Jo's Health Corner said...

    Thanks for stopping by. It can take a while sometimes to figure out what works. Have you ever tried evening primrose oil?

  10. Berji's domain said...

    Interesting information!
    A question for you, how much and when do you take evening primrose? Do you take it daily or only during PMS?
    (I have some capsules left over from attempting natural induction of labor.)

  11. Jo's Health Corner said...

    Nature's Sunshine recommends to take one Evening Primrose Oil capsule daily with a meal daily.

    According to Battaglia, who wrote the book, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2x500 mg capsules should be taken three times a day. He also says it needs to be taken for 2-3 months.

  12. Lisa said...

    Very good article and very interesting.
    Thank-you for linking up with my food and health carnival this week.
    Have a great weekend.
    Lisa's Gluten-Free Advice and Healthy Living

  13. Jo's Health Corner said...

    Thanks Lisa,
    You have a good weekend too!

  14. Mommy Is Green said...

    Thanks for this information, Johanna! It's extremely helpful. Lately, I've been more curious about magnesium. I don't know that much about it but I think it's something I'll have to look into.

  15. Jo's Health Corner said...

    You're welcome Victoria! I hope you figure it out.

  16. Jennifer at Purposeful Nutrition said...

    What a great post and set of information. Thanks for posting at Wildcrafting WEdnesday.