Here's a post from another list I'm on, not an alternative health one, but just a chatty women's site, and I believe the author is from Brazil. She was nice enough to let me re-post it. Should be of interest to anyone who has PMS, PCOS, infertility, or trouble losing weight:
How I beat PMS
I wanted to share my experience in handling PMS. I was 35 years old, overweighted and diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I had painful menstruations and headakes, stress, all the PMS stuff. I started to exercise (swimming and weight train) and lost the weight I've needed to loose (about 90 pounds!), on my own. Then I started a treatment with chinese medicine (acumpuncture, and herb medicine) for stress and PMS, with a chinese doctor. Soon enought my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome was gone and PMS disappeared (and I became pregnant at 38 years-old, had a smooth pregnancy and gave natural birth). Well, I could say it was hard and difficult but it wasn't.
Changing my lifestyle to a healthier one was the solution for my gynecologicals problems. And NOT LISTEN to my doctors too, that wanted me to take drugs and hormones and NEVER spoke about my weight problem. They don't know a thing about women. I really think that if we enter the circus of tradicional medicine, the way things are today, we are lost and doomed. We need to be looked at as a whole being, not just organs and hormones. Science can't do that right now. (By the way, I'm physicist and disbeliever in science, because I know it.)