Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have terrible PMS. I get very depressed and volatile for one week before my period. What will help my mood swings?
A: Avoid cold, raw foods, vinegar, shellfish, coffee, and other stimulants. At least one week prior to onset of PMS consume some of the following: ginger, green scallions, fennel, orange peel, spinach, walnuts, cinnamon, and black pepper. Angelica sinensis (dang gui) is also very good.
1. Take hawthorn berries and drink cinnamon tea.
2. Make spinach soup by boiling spinach in water for 30 minutes.
I suggest you see an acupuncturist/herbalist; these methods are very helpful in alleviating the effects of PMS.
You may also try the Traditions of Tao “Passages Plus”, “Menstruation”, “Emotional Tranquility” and “Calm-fort/Sleeping” herbal formulas. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.