Which complementary therapies can help patients with PMS?
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Chasteberry tree and calcium have demonstrated efficacy and safety in treating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, randomized controlled trials [RCTs]). Pyridoxine and saffron may be effective, but high doses of pyridoxine can cause neuropathy (SOR: B, RCT and meta-analysis of lower-quality studies). Insufficient evidence exists to recommend magnesium. St. John's wort and evening primrose oil aren't effective for managing PMS (SOR: B, inconsistent or limited quality patient- oriented evidence). No evidence was found to support black cohosh or vitamin E.
Journal of Family Practice, 58(10) 2009: 552+.