Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a group of physical and emotional symptoms that peak 7 to 10 days before menstruation and disappear a few hours after the onset of the menstrual flow. PMS symptoms usually disappear either shortly before or after the start of menstrual flow. Symptoms vary from woman to woman, but each woman’s individual pattern of symptoms is typically predictable.
The exact causes of PMS are not clear, but several factors may be involved. Changes in hormones during the menstrual cycle seem to be an important contributor. These changing hormone levels may affect some women more than others. Chemical changes in the brain may also be involved. Other factors such as stress, a nutritionally inadequate diet, lack of exercise and sleep, and a hectic or demanding lifestyle may exacerbate the symptoms. For some women, especially those who exhibit as many as four to ten PMS symptoms (turn over for a list of symptoms), many aspects of their lives may be diminished during one to two weeks prior to menstruation.
Eastern Medicine offers even more tools to address premenstrual syndrome. Acupuncture removes energy blockages and in turn stabilizes hormonal fluctuations. It also provides deep relaxation that helps to calm the mind. Herbs work together with acupuncture to regulate the flow of energy and substances in the body. Together they stimulate the body’s natural functions and encourage it to establish optimum balance.
Acupuncture can address PMS symptoms naturally, without medication, by restoring balance and harmony, both physically and emotionally. In Eastern medicine, the root cause of PMS is usually an imbalance or blockage of Qi or vital energy, and blood within specific organ and meridian systems. When Qi and blood become imbalanced or blocked, symptoms and signs associated with PMS will appear.
The role of an acupuncturist is to investigate the underlying causes leading to PMS symptoms.
After a thorough diagnostic evaluation to determine what organ and meridian systems are out of balance, they treat PMS symptoms according to each individual patient’s imbalances and concerns.
By inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body, we are able to stimulate and activate the movement of Qi and blood. When Qi and blood begin to travel freely throughout the body, balance and normal function are restored and PMS symptoms are alleviated. Acupuncture restores hormonal balance and provides deep relaxation to help reduce stress, ultimately encouraging and supporting greater health and well-being of both body and mind.
We may also recommend lifestyle changes such as eating a nourishing, organic, whole foods diet, getting regular aerobic exercise and adequate sleep, enjoying warm baths, supplementing the diet with vitamins and herbs, and practicing deep relaxation exercises such as meditation, breathing exercises, or yoga.
Whether you suffer from PMS symptoms on an occasional or a monthly basis, acupuncture and Eastern medicine can offer a safe, natural and effective approach to alleviating these symptoms. Acupuncture and Eastern medicine may hold the key to a healthier, balanced, PMS-free life.
Here is Common PMS symptoms below
- Appetite changes
- Breast tenderness & swelling
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Headache or Migraine
- Heart palpitations
- Impaired memory
- Irritability & anger
- Joint pain & swelling
- Lack of clear thinking & concentration
- Lack of libido
- Lower abdominal distension
- Mood swings
- Night sweats
- Salt & carbohydrate cravings
- Skin disorders
- Sore throat & cold sores
- Sugar cravings
- Water retention
- Weight gain
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