Premenstrual Syndrome and Menopause Management
Othniel Seiden, MD & Jane L. Bilett, PhD
Alternative medicine, its methods, and its medicinals are all too often sensationalized. Extremists, health food purveyors, promoters of herbals and supplements, manufacturers of various devices, and other zealots tend to hail every new development, discovery, or rediscovery as a panacea that will transform people’s lives. On the other hand, a staunch group of overly conservative physicians are convinced that any remedy not grounded in age-old medical tradition, or developed in university, or hospital research lab is nothing short of charlatanism. We feel both opinions are equally flawed.
These latter physicians seem to have forgotten, or perhaps never learned, that many of the drugs prescribed today are manufactured chemical reproductions of remedies found in nature, which have often been used successfully by healers and physicians for countless generations.
The safest ground is the middle ground. The intelligent physician, and the intelligent patient must each consider the facts and make an educated decision about new products and techniques. Recall that a few years ago the effectiveness of acupuncture was pooh-poohed by most Western physicians, who didn’t think the subject worthy of consideration. Nevertheless, any procedure that has been practiced for over 4,000 years must be evaluated with an open and
Now that acupuncture has been scientifically tested in the West, most physicians are respectful of the technique. This is not to say that acupuncture will cure anything and everything. It is not a panacea. We have yet to find a panacea. Panaceas are few and far between. Yet acupuncture has its place in the practice of medicine, within certain limitations, and it can be very beneficial within those limitations.
The same is true of 5-hydroxy-tryptophan, or 5-HTP, as it is popularly known, as well as its precursor, the neurotransmitter
In recent years much has been written about 5-HTP, Serotonin, and other similar chemicals, and even more has been rumored by gossip, which is often the first wave of cutting-edge information.
However all too often such information becomes sensationalized. Wish becomes supposition, suppositions became theories, and theories become facts all spread through whispers and unfounded statements. That is how “panaceas” are born. And when someone figures out how to get rich from a certain panacea, there is no stopping the frenzy.
It is not our purpose to sensationalize 5-HTP, Serotonin, or any other product. We merely intend to examine these chemicals, products, and end product, and the claims being made in connection with them, in order to provide objective data that will help you make educated decisions to live by.
Chapter 1. Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS
Karen is a 29-year-old mother of two who suffers from severe PMS. In the ten days prior to her menstrual cycle, Karen becomes very irritable and “weepy. ” During this time, she frequently gets headaches that put her in bed for the day. She craves sweets and hides bags of M&Ms around the house. Her husband complains that throughout this time she is short of temper with him and yells at the children. Karen knows the chocolate is responsible for a weight gain, but says she can’t stop the snacking. She asks her gynecologist for advice.
PMS affects teenagers as well as their menopausal mothers and embraces all social classes and ethnic groups. The disease has far reaching impact, since it is not only the woman with PMS who suffers, but it is often a great ordeal for her partner, family, friends, and workmates.
Premenstrual syndrome, otherwise not so lovingly called PMS, consists of varying symptoms that commence a few days before menstruation and completely pass after menstruation has ended.
Chapter 1. Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS
Chapter 2. PMS and the Sugar Connection
Chapter 3. How You Can Tell if You Experience PMS
Chapter 4. Management of PMS
Chapter 5. Menopause
Chapter 6. Tryptophan, 5-HTP, and Serotonin
Chapter 7. What is 5-HTP?
Chapter 8. 5-HTP Is Safe
Chapter 9. Dosing And Precautions For 5-HTP
Chapter 10. Quick Review
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