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Premenstrual Tension
What is it?
PMT is a troublesome but largely harmless range of symptoms whose effects become evident in the run up to a period. Problems include physical ailments such as water retention and swollen ankle joints, food and alcohol cravings, weight gain, skin problems, weakness and headaches. There are also psychological disturbances such as irritability, poor concentration, decreased sex drive, insomnia, tearfulness and even depression. The main cause of PMT is a change in the balance of female hormes during the menstrual cycle. Vitamin B6 is known to regulate the menstrual cycle, so lack of it may be another cause of distress . Not every sufferer experiences all the symptoms of PMT, and degrees of suffering can vary from mild discomfort to complete misery. A few women become so disturbed that they act irrationally moody and even physically violent towards those they love.
Water retention, swollen ankle joints, weight gain, skin problems, weakness, headaches, irritability, poor concentration, insomnia, tearfullness and depression.
Conventional Practice:
Extra vitamin B6 is prescribed in some cases, especially for women taking oral contraceptive pills. Doctors can help to restore hormone levels more directly by prescribing progesterone. Exercise and a healthy diet may also help a sufferer.
Alternative Treatments:
  Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
  Therapeutic massage has grown into the art of creating and maintaining the best possible health for its devotees. It does this by relaxing, stimulating and invigorating mind and body. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
  Moxibustion is a way of applying heat locally to regulate; tone and supplement of the bodys flow of Qi (vital energy), and has been found especially useful for relieving post-operative pain and for conditions such as arthritis. More Info
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info

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