Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Can you recommend natural treatments to alleviate the breast pain that I experience before my period?
A: Evening primrose oil has been found to reduce the pain and discomfort of symptoms associated with PMS. Studies have shown that ginkgo can significantly relieve major symptoms of PMS, especially breast pain. Ginkgo is safe and almost entirely without side effects.
Also, the herb chasteberry is frequently used to treat cyclic mastalgia and other symptoms of PMS. The supplement iodine may also be helpful for cyclic mastalgia in some cases. I suggest you contact a licensed herbalist to find a treatment that is specifically tailored to your needs.
Additionally, you may try the Traditions of Tao “Passages Plus” herbal formula to promote hormonal balance. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.