Spikenard found to improve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome

Researchers from India report that spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) improves symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In their study, which was published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine, they evaluated the efficacy and safety of spikenard in reducing PMS symptoms.

  • For the study, the Indian researchers recruited 60 women aged between 18 and 45 years.
  • They randomly assigned the participants to take either four grams (g) of spikenard or placebo 15 days before menstruation for two consecutive menstrual cycles.
  • The researchers assessed the severity of the symptoms of PMS using different scales, such as premenstrual tension syndrome observer-rating scale (PMTS-O), premenstrual tension syndrome self-rating scale (PMTS-SR) and visual analogue scale (VAS).
  • They also conducted a follow-up with the participants one month after the end of treatment.
  • Two months after treatment, the researchers found that spikenard significantly reduced the severity of PMS symptoms.
  • Participants who received spikenard treatment also exhibited a significant reduction in all VAS domains aside from swelling of extremities.

In sum, the findings of the study suggest that spikenard is a safe and effective treatment for managing the symptoms of PMS.

Learn more about managing the symptoms of PMS with natural remedies at WomensHealth.news.

Journal Reference:

Malik R, Firdose KF, Bhat MDA. EFFICACY OF NARDOSTACHYS JATAMANSI DC. IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED STUDY. Journal of Herbal Medicine. December 2018; 14: 17-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.hermed.2018.09.003

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