Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PDD) affects 90 percent of menstruating girls and women of all ages. The most common physical and psychological symptoms include:
- Anxiety, irritability, mood swings, and nervous tension
- Depression, insomnia, lethargy, and confusion
- Bloating, weight gain, headaches, and breast tenderness
- Increase in appetite, food cravings
As for most health conditions, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes PMS and PDD are a product of disharmony of the body’s “qi’ energy and blood. When Qi and blood are unable to move in the proper direction and ideal speed, blockages can occur and escalate imbalances and symptoms. If there is excess Qi or insufficient volume of Qi or blood, disturbance may also occur.
Generally, PMS may be categorized by the following TCM diagnosis’:
- Liver stagnation
- Spleen and kidney yang deficiency
- Heart and spleen qi deficiency
- Phlegm blocking energy channels
- Blood Deficiency
- Liver and kidney yin Deficiency
Traditional Chinese Medicine is valuable for resolving all indications of PMS and PDD. Acupuncture and herbal formulas have the ability to regulate the body’s energetic Qi and blood flow patterns and also correcting hormonal balance between all stages of the reproductive cycle.
At Huatuo Clinic, we use both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to treat PMS and PDD before, during and post menstrual cycle. For us to design the most effective treatment for each individual under our care, we take into consideration your health history as well as your objectives for your health. Although relief may be experienced after 1-2 treatments, 3 months is the common recommended duration of treatment to fully regulate hormones to resolve PMS and PDD syndromes. Diet therapy and lifestyle habits may also be suggested.