HERB - Re:

SCOTT A WAGGONER maynedelacroix at juno.com
Sun Apr 19 13:16:06 PDT 1998

On Sun, 19 Apr 1998 14:13:31 -0500 "Keith E. Brandt, M.D."
<wd9get at amsat.org> writes:
>>I'm interested in finding out if anyone has any documentation on the 
>>of dandelion greens as a tea for PMS relief.  I saw a program on 
>>remedies sometime ago which mentioned this as a PMS palliative.  Has
>>something to do with getting rid of the excess fluid retention which
>>lessens pressure on the brain?  
>Dandelion is a good diuretic (makes you urinate). Since water 
>retention is
>a common complaint in PMS, I can see where dandelion might get 
>However, this is treating a symptom, not the problem. Not to mention 
>use of
>diuretics can lead to other (sometimes lethal) problems (e.g., 
>The naturopathic suggestion for PMS is diet high in plant foods 
>fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds), small to moderate 
>meat and
>dairy, reduced fat and sugar intake. Supplements with B6 and magnesium 
>be helpful. Herbal treatments of angelica, dong quai, licorice root, 
>cohosh, and chasteberry could be helpful. 
>I wouldn't recommend starting any of these treatments without checking 
>a physician, as there can be many other factors that can mimic or 
>PMS symptoms. 

I have also heard that Evening Primrose oil taken regularly or an Omega-3
fatty acid will
help.  I myself take flax oil because it is more affordable.  It does
seem to help.
Also, it helps with dry skin and hair problems.  This was highly
recommended to me when
my dog was having skin prblems.  I gave her fish oil which helped.  Then
later I experienced
dry skin and hair myself, no matter how much lotion or conditioner I
used.  I read in a
nutrition book about the fatty acids and since I have been taking the
flax oil, have noticed an improvement in my skin and hair.

>>I have no documentation other than the TV
>  [shudder!]
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