There are many alternative therapies for various conditions and one that comes up over and over again for psychological disorder si meditation. Is getting rid of PMDD with meditation a possibility though? Or is this just a new age placebo that brings no real lasting benefit to women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder?
Well if you have read any of my other posts on this site you will know my opinion on relying on just one method of getting rid of any condition. That it is impossible to approach any problem with one technique, remedy, drug or anything else – your body and mind require a holistic and multifaceted approach. So really what we want to know is if meditation is of benefit to this natural, holistic healing approach for PMDD?
Well lets look at what meditation is first. Some people think it is a spiritual thing and it is a part of many religions so this idea often puts people off, or gives them the wrong impression. Meditation can be used that way if you are inclined, but what it really is, is a way to improve your brains activities that have a psychological effect, and also a physical effect on your body.
Studies such as that by Jon Kabat-Zinn, M.D., and Zindel Segal, Ph.D. have shown that it lowers cortisol in your body caused by stress (which I covered in this post), improves memory function, and stop depression relapses among many benefits. This sort of scientific scrutiny shows that meditation which may have started as a mystics way of achieving calm is actually rooted in real science of the body and mind.
So getting rid of PMDD with meditation is a possibility. It is not the only thing you need to do, but it can play a very important part of stress reduction, hormonal balancing and improving mood. Even when you are not in the last week of your menstrual cycle meditation will be a helpful part of staying healthy and happy as well!
For an easy way to meditate to get rid of PMDD, I recommend this site here: deep-zen. It can guide you through the process for beginners and make it easy with some very special scientifically designed meditation MP3s as well so check it out.