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by Dr. Daniel J. Heller
There is a kind of standard set of recommendations for natural relief of PMS and PMDD that seems to get published the web over and over by different authors, in thousands of articles that claim to give you the essential tips for relieving and treating PMS. As experts in the natural relief of PMS and PMDD symptoms, we think some of these recommendations are probably helpful: in fact, you’ll find much more detailed, informative, and nuanced versions of them in our many articles on natural PMS relief.
But one common recommendation you’ll find widely distributed on in articles and discussion boards on the web is for the dietary supplement, evening primrose oil for PMS. (evening primrose oil is also sometimes known as EPO.) Unfortunately, evening primrose has been studied for PMS, and every study has shown that it doesn’t work any better than placebo, or sugar pill.
There are natural treatments that have been proven to work for PMS: Vitex agnus-castus, the minerals calcium and magnesium, and vitamin B6 all work better than placebo. Some studies have shown they work as well as, or better than, prescription and over-the-counter medications for PMS and PMDD, which is why all of them are included in our PMS Comfort products. We include some other herbs and nutrients that are supportive of women’s health and a healthy, symptom-free menstrual cycle, including some herbs that we know from clinical practice help aid hormonal balance. But we do not use evening primrose oil in our natural remedies for PMS because there simply isn’t the science to show it’s effective—and there is science to show it’s ineffective.
If you're the investigative type, you can check out this information on evening primrose oil for PMS, by two Italian researchers, for yourself.
What about those other common recommendations that are often packaged along with the suggestion of EPO? They’re often presented in one single article, as if every woman’s PMS or PMDD was alike, and as if each woman’s individual symptoms didn’t deserve special consideration. We’ve organized our website differently, so that you can look up your specific symptom and what to do about it. Do you have menstrual cramps, or PMS cramps? Do you wonder if your symptoms might mean you have PMDD? . Do you have PMS anxiety and tension? Looking for a diet for PMS and a nutritional approach to PMDD? Are you just generally interested in natural PMS remedies?
But unless there’s a new big study coming up, we won’t be suggesting you take EPO for PMS. Researchers have moved on, and are looking into chastetree berry and stress reduction as the most likely scientific, natural ways to treat PMS and PMDD.