Is herbal tea effective for PMS? Introducing recommended types
“Is herbal tea effective for PMS symptoms?”
"Why should I drink herbal tea when I have PMS symptoms?"
“What are the recommended herbal teas that are effective in improving PMS symptoms?”
Do you have questions like these?
In this article, we will explain in detail the effects of herbal tea on PMS symptoms and recommended herbal teas for PMS countermeasures. As you read on, you'll learn:
- Effects of herbal teas on PMS symptoms
- Recommended herbal tea for PMS
- Precautions when drinking herbal tea
If you are interested in the effect of herbal tea on PMS symptoms, please read it.
Do Herbal Teas Help PMS?
Some herbs, such as lemon balm, chasteberry, and chamomile, can help alleviate PMS symptoms.
In addition to relaxing effects, some herbal teas also have sleep-improving effects, and are thought to help improve PMS symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, and difficulty falling asleep1).
PMS treatments include hormone therapy and Chinese herbal medicine, but it is attractive that PMS symptoms can be relieved by daily efforts such as drinking herbal tea.
Herbal tea is recommended for such occasions
Herbal tea is said to have a relaxing effect . In addition, herbal tea is also expected to help you fall asleep better by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Unlike black tea, herbal tea basically does not contain caffeine, so it is also recommended to drink it before going to bed and relax. Herbal tea has a relaxing effect, so why not drink it when you are feeling irritated or depressed due to PMS symptoms? You should be able to refresh yourself.
Introducing the types of herbal tea recommended for PMS measures
For those who are wondering, "I know that herbal tea is useful for relieving PMS symptoms, but which herbal tea should I choose?"
- lemon balm
Now let's take a closer look at each herbal tea.
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a refreshing lemon-like scent.
According to one paper, lemon balm is said to have sedative and anxiety-relieving properties2).
Why don't you try it when you feel frustration, anxiety, and daily stress peculiar to PMS?
The chasteberry tree, also known as the chaste tree, is a shrub native to the Mediterranean region and Asia. Chasteberry herbal tea is slightly bitter and has a pungent lemon scent.
If you find it difficult to drink, we recommend adding honey to add sweetness. Recommended for those who like spicy flavors such as ginger and pepper.
Chamomile is an Asteraceae herb with small white flowers. It has a sweet scent and mild taste similar to apples, and is one of the most well-known herbs.
Chamomile has an anxiety-relieving effect, which reduces the anxiety caused by PMS3).
If you feel anxious before menstruation, try drinking chamomile tea.
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Notes on herbal tea
Herbal teas are great for relieving PMS symptoms, but there are some caveats. In this section, we will introduce two points to note when drinking herbal tea.
- May have side effects
- Care should be taken when taking drugs together
Let's take a closer look at each caveat.
May have side effects
Generally, small doses of herbs, such as those taken as tea, do not cause side effects. However, overdosing can cause side effects. For example, the side effects of the herbal teas introduced above are as follows.
- Lemon Balm: May cause allergic reactions and arrhythmias
- Chasteberry: Most side effects are mild and can include nausea, headache, gastrointestinal upset and itching.
- Chamomile: May cause nausea, dizziness, and allergic reactions
Herbal teas can be used in small amounts like tea, but be aware that they can cause side effects on rare occasions.
Care should be taken when taking drugs together
Although herbal teas are sold commercially at supermarkets, they may not interact well with the medicines you are taking. For example, St. John's wort can make many medications less effective, including antidepressants, oral contraceptives, and drugs that suppress the immune system.
If you are taking any medications, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking herbs.
Improving the internal environment with herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicines may be prescribed to improve or prevent PMS symptoms. Chinese herbal medicine gradually improves the malfunction of the body. Therefore, the effect is not so immediate, and it takes time for the internal environment to be adjusted. On the other hand, it is also good that you can easily incorporate it into your daily life because it will be effective just by taking Chinese herbal medicine at a fixed timing . Here are some recommended herbal remedies for PMS symptoms.
- Toki Shakuyakusan: Those who feel heavy in the body and head
- Keishibukuryogan: Stiff shoulders, abdominal pain, and hot flashes
- Kamishoyosan: Feeling irritated and depressed
Let the herbal medicine be prescribed for your constitution and symptoms. If you don't know about herbal medicine, or if you're curious but don't have time to go to the hospital, there are shops where you can consult a pharmacist online, so it's recommended to consult with them.
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It would be nice if herbal tea could ease PMS symptoms.
This time, I explained the following contents.
- Herbal teas are effective in relieving anxiety in PMS symptoms
- Recommended herbal teas for PMS are "lemon balm", "chestberry" and "chamomile"
- When drinking herbal tea, pay attention to side effects and drug interactions
If you feel anxiety or difficulty sleeping due to PMS, why not try incorporating herbal tea into your daily life and relax?
1) Kazuo UEBABA, Masuo NAKAI, Fenghao XU, Hongbing WANG, Satoshi OHNO, Hirotaka HAYASHI, Takanari ARAI, Nobutaka SUZUKI 2007 Oct QOL Improving Effects of Herbal Teas https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jcam /4/3/4_3_119/_pdf/-char/en
2) Jun Marzieh Akbarzadeh,1,* Mansoore Dehghani,2 Zeinab Moshfeghy,3 Masoumeh Emamghoreishi,4 Pouran Tavakoli,5 and Najaf Zare6 2015 Effect of Melissa officinalis Capsule on the Intensity of Premenstrual Syndrome Symptoms in High School Girl Students . Discussion 4 https ://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4557408/
3) Zahra Bostani Khalesi1 , Soheila Pirdadeh Beiranvand3, Mahshid Bokaie2 2019 Efficacy of Chamomile in the Treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome: A Systematic Review Discussion 206 discussion and conclusions 123 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PMC6970572/#!po=8.33333