The abundance of more than 160 symptoms and 300 treatment modalities suggest that existing treatment modalities of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are not effective. The need for evaluating an effective adjuvant therapy for PMS was thus felt. Due to stressful work conditions nurses suffer more from PMS. Fifty clinically healthy women volunteers in reproductive age group from above class of workers were randomly selected using a premenstrual questionnaire and were divided into PMS and control group based on symptoms.
After recording premenstrual symptoms, the basal values of heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, respiratory pattern and serum cortisol; subjects were taken through a guided 61-Point Relaxation (61-PR) yogic exercise at the same time of the day for 1 week. The symptoms and parameters were re-recorded after the last relaxation session and the data was statistically analyzed. The basal parameters in PMS group indicated presence of stress and the post relaxation values showed a reversal of the stress-induced alterations of all the recorded parameters. Also, 61-PR caused a subjective perception of stress relief, and the subjects reported a ‘feel good’ response. The results suggest that 61-PR as an effective adjuvant tool for relieving premenstrual stress.