Acupuncture Works Wonders for PMS!

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a typical problem faced by every woman, which can be easily treated through Traditional Chinese Medicine, most notably through acupuncture and Chinese herbs. The usual occurrence of PMS cycle is for seven to ten days every month. This is caused by hormonal balance fluctuations of progesterone and estrogen. According to Chinese disharmony patterns, the symptoms and pain caused by PMS are caused by liver Qi stagnation. Blood is stored in liver and Qi’s smooth flow is also regulated through it which is why it is the main organ engaged in menstrual problems. If there is a smooth flow of liver Qi then the PMS cycle will also be smooth.

Symptoms of PMS

The usual symptoms of PMS are:

  • Acne
  • Migraines / Headaches
  • Lower abdomen or back cramping
  • Bloating
  • Nervousness
  • Anger
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability

Women can experience all or some of these symptoms and they can be severe, moderate or mild. For some, the mood swings and pain can affect the daily activities. Usually PMS is considered as a normal and typical experience of a woman’s life and they are expected to deal with them. However, according to the theory of acupuncture, there is no typical or normal PMS. PMS should be considered abnormal and must be properly treated with the help of acupuncture.

PMS and Acupuncture

Acupuncture helps in stimulating the self healing properties of the body which ensures that the body returns to the state of good health and balance. For PMS treatment, acupuncture focus on correcting basic hormonal balance responsible for the occurrence of PMS’ symptoms. To do so, practitioner first investigates the woman’s menstrual cycle history. Every month, menstrual cycle involves four different phases:

Phase 1 – Menstrual flow

Phase 2 – Post menstrual

Phase 3 – Ovulation

Phase 4 – Pre-menstrual

The treatment by acupuncture varies in each phase as distinct hormones are responsible for each of these phases. A typical PMS starts in phase 4 but it doesn’t mean the actual problem arises from the same phase. The main aim of the practitioner is to identify the basic cause and treat it accordingly.

Acupuncture can help with PMS in three major ways:

  1. Acupuncture influences the axis of Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian (HPO). This is the path accountable for the hormonal flow controlling the menstrual cycle.
  2. It helps in improving the flow of blood to the uterus and assist in discharging endometrium completely during this period then replenishing it after the bleeding ends. Through enhancing the process of blood flow, acupuncture results in the reduction of pain and inflammation.
  3. Acupuncture helps in controlling and calming PMS patient’s emotions. This technique generates the discharge of endorphins which assists in calming and relaxing the patient. Gradually the body adapts to the stress in a better way.

Acupuncture not only helps in the treatment of PMS symptoms and pain but can also help in treating other menstrual cycle disorders including dysmenorrhea (painful periods), amenorrhea (no cycles), as well as irregular, long or short menstrual cycles.

Acupuncture CAN relieve your PMS symptoms. Whether it’s pain and cramping to depression and acne, acupuncture works extremely well to ameliorate these and many more. Our clinic is located in Aventura Florida and is within minutes of North Miami Beach, Hallandale Beach, Sunny Isles and Golden Beach. Please call us at 786-537-7022 to get started today. Don’t suffer another day longer! Insurance is accepted.