What is Premenstrual Syndrome?

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms that may include body aches, backache, headache, nausea, vomiting, loose stools or constipation, and mood swings. These symptoms arise 1-2 weeks before menses starts and usually end with the onset of menstrual flow. The symptoms differ for different females and at different ages.

Excessive intake of oily and spicy foods, sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, unhygienic living conditions, improper diet, and psychological factors play a part in causing symptoms of pmS.

Abdominal pain and bloating
Breast tenderness
Fatigue and troubled sleep
Upset stomach
Constipation or diarrhea
Body ache and/or headache
Pain in the pubic region
Appetite changes or food cravings
Joint or muscle pain
Mood swings
Crying spells
Anxiety or depression
Ayurvedic View
In Ayurveda, pmS is known as Krichhraartava (Krichhra means ‘difficult’ and aartava means ‘menses’). Increased intake of oily, spicy, and hot foods, and overindulgence in physical activities, or a sedentary lifestyle causes impairment of Apana Vata (a sub-dosha of Vata or Air) as well as Pitta (Fire). Apana Vata is located in the lower pelvic region and is responsible for elimination of menstrual blood, stool, urine and reproductive fluids. Impaired Apana Vata and Pitta circulate in different channels of the body, causing various physical symptoms of pmS.

Additionally, Apana Vata might also cause aggravation of Prana Vata, a sub-dosha of Vata linked to anxiety, mood swings and depression like problems. Thus, emotional symptoms are also involved during those days.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

Increase intake of water, preferably lukewarm water.

Have freshly prepared, warm, and easily digestible meals.

Include celery seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, fenugreek, asafetida, black pepper, coriander, and mint in cooking.

Avoid heavy, oily, sour, fried, and indigestible foods that can cause constipation and flatulence.

Avoid pumpkin, potato, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, mushrooms, and eggplant.

Have a regular body massage with sesame oil.

Exercise lightly each day, such as walking or stretching on a regular basis.

Have a good night’s sleep.


Make a powdered preparation of dill seeds, fenugreek seeds, carrot seeds, and radish seeds in equal amounts. Have 1 teaspoon of this powder with lukewarm water twice a day.

Fry ½ teaspoon of celery seeds in 1 teaspoon of purified butter. Add ½ teaspoon of dried ginger root powder and 1 teaspoon of crushed jaggery to it. Cook until jaggery liquefies.

Have this with a cup of hot milk once each week preceding the menstrual cycle. Fill a tub with warm water. Sit in the tub with the pubic region submerged. This relaxes the muscles and relieves pain before the onset of menses.

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can i use turmeric water before my period start it help me or not

Tasneem Kidd


Mohan Cisneros 3 years


Tasneem Kidd 3 years

Thank you sir mohan ji for helpful sharing

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Mohan Cisneros 3 years

Thank u Sir it is nice information

Shobha Gilliam

Sir iam diabetic I want remedy for constipation nacidity

Lalitha Britt

OK sure mam.. Tomorrow pls remind me in my inbox

Mohan Cisneros 3 years

lalitha - Diet & Lifestyle Advice for Constipation: Increase intake of fiber, especially fruits and cooked vegetables. An apple or banana each day is helpful. Bananas should be ripe (bright yellow. Drink 7-8 glasses of water each day, preferably lukewarm in winters and room -temperature water in summers. Have a mid-morning soup, preferably prepared with spinach and tomato. Take daily morning and evening walks for at least 20-30 minutes each. Eat whole grains and nuts. Avoid removing bran from the flour because the bran is an insoluble fiber that clears off the intestines and relieves constipation. Avoid refined foods like white flour, bread, pasta, pizza, white rice, etc. High -protein foods like cheese, red meat, and soybeans can cause constipation, so these must be taken with a bowl of salad and lots of liquids. Meat is constipating and should be avoided. Disturbing psychological factors should be removed, and meals should be taken in a relaxed and calm atmosphere. The food should be warm and freshly -prepared, as cold and stale food slows down the digestive power. Having excessively cold food like ice cream or chilled drinks reduces the bowel movement. Home Remedies Take one table spoon of castor oil at bed time until you get relief. Develop a habit of drinking water in the morning. Start with 2 glasses of water, and increase intake up to 6 - 7 glasses. It is more beneficial if this water can be stored in a copper container overnight. Soak 3-4 dried figs after washing them overnight in water. Eat them first thing in the morning, and also drink the water in which they were soaked. They should also be taken in the evening. Try this treatment for 3-4 weeks. Apply 3 to 4 drops of lukewarm castor oil over the navel at night in kids. It will help in clearing the bowel movements in kids (of age 1- 3 years) in the morning. Apply lukewarm sesame oil on the navel during taking bath and put towel (which is dipped in warm water) on the lower abdomen. for Acidity- Diet & Lifestyle Advice Avoid tea, coffee, and carbonated or alcoholic beverages. Avoid processed and fermented foods. Avoid using garlic, ginger, onions, tomatoes, and vinegar in cooking. Also avoid rich gravies, sour, salty, and spicy foods. Curd should be strictly avoided. Take meals in a relaxed atmosphere at regular intervals. Practice Yoga and Pranayama such as Vajrasana, Bhujangasana, Salabhasana, Bhastrika Pranayama, Shitali Pranayama and Shitkari Pranayama. Home Remedies Make a powdered mixture of equal parts of rock candy (mishri), fennel, and green cardamom. Whenever you experience heartburn, mix 1 teaspoon of the mixture in a glass of cold milk and drink. Mix together equal parts of powdered fennel, licorice root, basil leaves, and coriander seeds. Have ½ teaspoon of this mixture with ½ teaspoon of powdered rock candy (mishri) 15 minutes before lunch and dinner.

Mohan Cisneros 3 years

Sir please tell me what is rock candy

Lalitha Britt 3 years

Lalitha Britt - its a kind of jaggery sugar.. Mam.. You can check in shop

Mohan Cisneros 3 years

thank soooooooooooooooooo much

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