One of the usual things a woman should bear in life is that of the premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS consists of emotional and physical symptoms that usually occur one to two weeks before the onset of the monthly period of a woman. Around 80% of women of child-bearing age experience PMS, and around 8% experience severe PMS. The symptoms of PMS may vary and may include tender breasts, acne, feeling tired, mood swings, and bloating.
Many women are resigned to the fact that they are bound to experience the unsavory symptoms of PMS in their lives, and in the process, they simply bear silently the symptoms concomitant with PMS. Yet if they only know of a panacea that could completely eliminate PMS, they would surely eagerly desire to get hold of this “cure all” thing.
The Plausible Causes of PMS
The causes of PMS appear to be very varied, although most medical experts would readily agree to the fact that PMS is generally caused by hormonal imbalance. Changing hormonal levels seems to be the primary culprit in the occurrence of PMS, although emotional problems and stress may also aggravate PMS.
Gyostemma Tea as a Means to Reduce PMS
There are many treatments that are usually prescribed to those who experience PMS, and most of these treatments have already been tried by many women. Reducing stress and the intake of caffeine and salt, for example, coupled with regular exercises may alleviate the symptoms of PMS. In some cases, some women are advised to take vitamin D and calcium supplements to prevent severe PMS; while others try diuretics to regulate the retention of water within the body. Yet, not one of these so-called remedies has been universally accepted as capable of totally eradicating PMS. Recently, however, there is a growing number of women who are resorting to the regular intake of Gynostemma tea to alleviate, if not, totally eradicate the symptoms of PMS.
How Does Gynostemma Tea Help in Alleviating PMS?
There are myriads of healthful benefits afforded by Gynostemma, but let me suffice to quote only those healthful benefits that have a direct bearing on the reduction of PMS symptoms:
- It provides bodily equilibrium because it is an adaptogen.
- It protects you from stress.
- It improves your immune system.
- It provides hormonal balance.
- It fights chronic fatigue.
- It increases your energy level.
Since PMS is largely caused by hormonal imbalance in the body of a woman, it is but logical to think that the regular intake of something that has the capability of improving hormonal balance would surely be of great help in alleviating and eliminating the symptoms of PMS.
Gynostemma contains “saponins” that are known to boost the immune system of a person. Moreover, in studies conducted at the Chungbuk National University of South Korea in 2011 and 2015, Gynostemma has been found to promote the activation of AMP-activated protein kinase or AMPK. AMPK plays a crucial role in cellular energy homeostasis. However, the level of production of AMPK within the body decreases as a person ages. But according to the abovementioned studies, Gynostemma extract increases the body’s production of AMPK, and with better and ample AMPK production, the body becomes more impervious to maladies including those symptoms concomitant with PMS.
Lastly, there is an increasing number of women around the world who attest to the fact that regular intake of Gynostemma tea really helps them overcome and eliminate PMS. Their experiential testaments would surely be very hard to contradict and discredit at this point.