Yoga for PMS
Increased stress levels have been found to worsen PMS symptoms in some women. Any form of meditation and relaxation usually reduces symptoms of PMS by relieving stress.
Spinal manipulation carried out by a chiropractor in the week before menstruation may relieve PMS symptoms.
Light therapy for PMS-related depression
Light therapy (phototherapy) uses a bright florescent light to treat conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Women with SAD are more likely to have depression associated with PMS so light therapy may help to relieve PMS-related depression. You should not use light therapy if:
- you are taking drugs for vitiligo
- you are taking drugs for psoriasis
- you are using certain antipsychotic drugs (used to treat mental disorders)
- you are using certain antibiotics
Side effects include:
Stay awake to relieve PMS symptoms
Staying awake may help to relieve menopause symptoms. Some people believe that sleeping only 4 hours in one night and then making up for it by having a good night’s rest the next night may help to correct abnormal sleeping and waking patterns which may worsen PMS.