Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is the term used to describe a range of physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle. Symptoms of PMS tend to occur 5-11 days before menstruation and usually abate once menstruation begins, or shortly thereafter. These symptoms are the result of hormone levels shifting after ovulation. Some 80% of women in their childbearing years report that PMS has affected their well being. Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help tremendously!
How can Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture help PMS?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a holistic approach to PMS. A November 2002 study in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics showed that the success rate of acupuncture in treating PMS symptoms was 77.8% compared to 5.9% in the placebo control group. Studies show promising data that acupuncture has a neuroendocrine effect on the body. This means that different combinations of acupuncture points play a role in the release of hormones responsible for regulating the cycle. By establishing a regular cycle and balancing the many hormones involved, symptoms decline. Chinese medicine offers herbal remedies as well.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a safe, cost effective option for treating PMS. You can also empower yourself with small changes in diet and exercise. Smart, healthy changes can make a world of difference in hormone balance. Soy products, alcohol, and sugar can exacerbate PMS dramatically; avoid those. Exercise activates the production of endorphins, a natural feel-good chemical in our bodies. In Chinese medicine, exercise is said to keep the qi moving. When our energy, or qi, is stuck we will feel tired and irritable and especially vulnerable to pain, depression and PMS.