How can a naturopath help with PMS and PMDD

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What is


Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) are menstrual-related disorders characterised by physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms that occur in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. While PMS symptoms are common and relatively mild, PMDD symptoms are more severe and can significantly impair daily functioning. Naturopathic medicine offers holistic approaches to address hormonal imbalances, support mood stability, and alleviate symptoms associated with PMS and PMDD.


  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Bloating or water retention
  • Food cravings or changes in appetite
  • Headaches or muscle aches
  • Trouble sleeping or changes in sleep patterns

Additional PMDD Symptoms:

  • Severe mood swings (e.g., depression, anxiety)
  • Intense irritability or anger outbursts
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Fatigue or lack of interest in usual activities
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors (in severe cases)

Treatment options

In order to understand your symptoms better, we conduce a comprehensive evaluation of menstrual cycle patterns, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle factors, and emotional health. This can help distinguish from PMS to PMDD, as there is no specific test that diagnoses these conditions. 

We assess your hormonal balance and search for possible imbalances, both in hormones, as well as nutritional imbalances, nervous system, immune system and adrenal imbalances that can contribute to these symptoms. 

Once we have an understanding of where this might be coming from we build an extensive plan around diet, nutritional interventions, herbal medicine and lifestyle factors that can help bring your menstrual cycle back into alignment and address the symptoms of PMS and/or PMDD.

There are wonderful nutritional and herbal medicine tools that have shown amazing results in improving both of these conditions. By addressing any underlying causes and supporting overall well-being through naturopathic interventions, those with PMS and PMDD can experience symptom relief, improved quality of life, and enhanced emotional resilience throughout the menstrual cycle.

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Tessa Hemingway
Naturopath, Nutritionist & Medical Herbalist (B.NatMed), clinic founder & director

Tessa is the founder of Wellness Clinic as well as an experienced practitioner working closely with women with hormonal and menstrual issues and conditions of the nervous system like stress, anxiety and mental health challenges.