How does Acupuncture work for treating PMS?

Many women have resigned themselves to the monthly emotional and physical roller coaster that their menstrual period brings. Psychological symptoms often include weepiness, mood swings, irritability, anger, and depression, while physical symptoms can include bloating, cramping, backaches, breast tenderness, food cravings, headaches, acne, and digestive problems.

East Asian medicine has developed treatment for the many complaints of premenstrual syndrome over the past three thousand years. Treatment and prevention involve the use of acupuncture and herbs along with nutrition and intuitive life coaching.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are based on the theory that life energy, called “Qi” (pronounced “chee”), flows through channels or meridians in the body. When a person is under mental, emotional, or physical stress, the energy, which normally flows freely through the body, begins to stagnate.

This may not sound rational to the modern mind, so it might be helpful to illustrate an obvious example of “Qi Stagnation”. When a person is under stress, their neck and back muscles tense up. This can interfere with nerve stimulation to the arms or legs. The Chinese would consider the person’s neck or back to be “stagnant” while the person’s limbs would be “deficient” (lacking in nervous stimulation).

The buildup of the uterine endometrial lining and the hormonal changes a woman experiences before and during her period are seen as a natural process that is conducive to stagnation, particularly at times of stress in a woman’s life.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine is used to harmonize and free up patterns of stagnation in the body in order to alleviate the many symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. This can result in relaxation, stress relief, and mitigation of many of the symptoms of PMS. Symptoms of PMS such as cramps, breast tenderness, backaches, depression, mood swings, constipation and bloating, can all be treated with herbs and acupuncture. Acupuncture has also recently been endorsed by the National Institute of Health for the relief of premenstrual pain.

Many of the herbs used for PMS alleviate depression and are phytoestrogenic. They may improve a woman’s natural hormonal functioning. Herbs such as vitex, bupleurum, white peony, and black cohosh are used in Chinese herbal formulas to balance hormones and treat Qi stagnation. Vitex is particularly useful for fibrocystic breasts and for menstrual pain due to endometriosis and fibroids.

As a result of acupuncture, herbs and improved nutrition, many women enjoy the freedom from premenstrual and menstrual symptoms that would otherwise make their lives difficult. If you are looking for relief from painful, heavy, or irregular periods, PMS, or other menstrual related conditions, contact us with questions or schedule online now.