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Supplements For Pmdd
Many can help: Kava can help with anxiety, but valerian is more sedating and could help more with sleep. Don't forget lemon balm, hops, passion flower, and the adaptogens rhodiola rosea and ashwagandha. Make sure you buy from reliable companies who check for heavy metals and correct raw material. Tell your doctor about any herbs you're using. Homeopathy can provide much deeper ; more individualized healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
Melatonin + sleep : Hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In my opinion,: Herbal supplements are not well-controlled or well-studied in the U.S. So no recommendation is possible. However, studies show that many U.S. Residents are vitamin d deficient and that d3, in particular, may benefit mood. Always a good idea to get 20 minutes of sun each day so your body can manufacture d itself. Check with your doctor if you suspect your d level is low. ...Read more
I have exhausted many treatments for PMDD: birth control,prozac, therapy,Advil (ibuprofen) that leads to stomachaches,exercise,vitamin supplements. Any advice?
Explore more options: Sorry these haven't worked but there are further options to explore including acupuncture, herbal medicine, essential oils, homeopathy, amino acids, use of progesterone premenstrually etc. You will likely have best success using a combination of therapies. I advise working with a holistic/integrative practitioner. ...Read more
Yes: Some women benefit from vegetable Estrogens such as soy, black cohosh, or evening primrose oil. There is no evidence that they are safer than prescription medications. If there is a history of breast cancer, there are other medications that can reduce hot flashes such as venlafaxine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: It will depend on what kind, degree of depression/anxiety you are having. If it is affecting your function and is getting worse, and not related to an obvious stressor you may want to consult your Doctor or other mental Health provider for help with an assessment. Many times supplements are not regulated and you cannot be sure what are you getting. There are other ways like relaxation techniques, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fish oil supplements may help ease symptoms of depression in some people: Some studies in adults suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial in the treatment of mild to moderate depression, but more research is needed. Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function. People with depression may have low blood levels of brain chemicals called eicosapentaenoic (i-koe-suh-pen-tuh-e-NO-ik) acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (doe-koe-suh-hek-suh-e-NO-ik) acid (DHA). EPA and DHA can be found in fish oil. Eating fish a few times a week may provide your body with these healthy oils. Examples of fish high in omega-3s include sardines, salmon, herring, trout and canned white (albacore) tuna. If you're pregnant or nursing, due to mercury levels, limit your weekly fish intake to 12 ounces (340 grams) of a variety of fish and make wise choices. For example, salmon is typically low in mercury. But eat no more than 6 ounces (170 grams) of canned white tuna a week because it's higher in mercury than light canned tuna. However, while it's generally true that the best way to get nutrients is through healthy foods, this is one example where a supplement may help. Some studies have shown that contaminants like mercury do not appear to accumulate in fish oil, but remain primarily in the meat of the fish. So if you're concerned about mercury, a high-quality fish oil supplement may help with depression, but ask your doctor for advice. Fish oil isn't considered a replacement for treatment of depression, but it may be helpful as an addition to prescribed medications or other treatment. Although more studies are needed to determine exactly what role omega-3s play in depression, it's possible that fish oil supplements high in omega-3s may help lower the risk of depression — and omega-3 fatty acids help protect heart health. ...Read more
Are eyevital/riconia caps (multivitamin antixoidants) safe to take along with lutein+zeaxanthine supplements for an extended period? Contraindication?
safe: These products have been recommend to slow the progression of macular degeneration in those who already have this condition. There is no data or proof that they are preventative and no evidence that they are helpful in any way. So they might help/or might not but the only harm is the cost of the product. ...Read more
Vitex, Dong quai &..: Many herbs are beneficial for menopause. Among my favorites are vitex agnus castus (chaste tree berries), dong quai, black cohosh, maca and pueraria mirifica. For more info see http://www.Holistic-online.Com/remedies/hrt/hrt_herbs_for_menopause.Htm and http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art00700/menopause-symptoms. ...Read more
Black cohosh: You may try black cohosh and/ or soy protein. You might also like to read other doctor's answers regarding menopause and its possible treatments by typing in the word "menopause" in the "ask the doctor" box on your home page. There have been helpful hints from other doctors already, which you might also like to read. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any dangers in taking l-tyrosine supplements or acetyl-l-tyrosine supplements along with Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg daily?
No, but use w/ care: L-tyrosine and acetyl-l-tyrosine supplements are used to improve mood and memory by some persons. They should not be used in combo w/ maoi's as there is a risk of hypertensive crisis. There shouldn't be any major drug interaction w/ prozac (fluoxetine). Acetyl-l-tyrosine has better absorption ; bioavailability so u may need a lower dose of it compared to l-tyrosine. However, use caution and consult your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Omega 3's: Omega 3 fatty acids are excellent for brain health. ...Read more
Classical Homeopathy: Consulting a well-trained classical homeopath could help with your mood problems. This involves an interview lasting 2-3 hours, in order to understand your issues and how you experience them. From this, the homeopath can select the most applicable homeopathic medicine to catalyze a healing process in you. Follow-ups are needed to assess progress and make any necessary changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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