Many women have resigned themselves to the monthly emotional and physical roller coaster that their menstrual period brings. Psychological symptoms include weepiness, moodswings, irritability, anger, and depression. Physical symptoms can include bloating, cramping, backaches, breast tenderness, food cravings, headaches, acne, and digestive problems.
Oriental medicine has developed treatment for the many complaints of pre-menstrual syndrome over the past two thousand years. Treatment and prevention involve the use of acupuncture and herbs along with nutritional and lifestyle counseling.
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 pre-menstrual 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, moodswings, constipation, 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 pre-menstrual 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 and herbs, many Asian women have a much easier "time of the month", and now women in the West can also benefit from the wisdom of Oriental medicine.
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In this week's episode of Whole Woman Wednesday, you'll learn three easy Chinese medicine tricks to eliminate PMS.
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Premenstrual syndrome or (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. It’s estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.
In Chinese medicine the liver is the controller of the emotion anger, the liver is also responsible for assisting in moving the energy and blood throughout the body. Just before a woman’s cycle this process can get backed up causing an excess in the liver energy, which tends to cause the symptoms of pms. This backup can also lead to another common pattern. When the liver energy is in excess it tends to overact on the spleen and stomach causing digestive upset. The treatment protocol is to spread the Liver qi, harmonize the middle jiao, and nourish the blood.
In addition to regular exercise Chinese herbs can be very helpful in this situation when looking for a formula to nourish the liver blood clear heat, and harmonize the middle jiao, look for one containing one or more of the herbs:
Bai Zhu – To help strengthen the Spleen and the Stomach and prevent the overacting of the Liver which can result in digestive issues.
Fu Ling – Which Promotes urination and expels dampness, to relieve water retention.
Bai Shao – Which helps to soften and move the Liver, as well as nourish the blood.
Regulating the menstrual cycle with Traditional Chinese Medicine - Presented by Jill Blakeway L.Ac.
Hosted by FiveElementTCM.com
Jill Blakeway is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and clinical herbalist. She's the Clinic Director at the YinOva Center and a Gynecology and Obstetrics Professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine's Doctoral program. Jill is also the co-author of the best-selling fertility book; Making Babies: A Proven 3 Month Program for Maximum Fertility, now available at FiveElementTCM.com.
In this one hour webinar Jill will discuss:
-The 4 stages of the menstrual cycle from a biomedical and Chinese medicine perspective.
-Acupuncture point prescriptions for each phase of the menstrual cycle.
-How to interpret a Basal Body Temperature Chart.
-How to predict ovulation.
-Understanding cervical mucus and ways to adjust its pH.
-How to identify common causes of irregular menses.
-Ways to correct menstrual irregularities with acupuncture and herbal formulas.
PMS Symptoms, Remedies & Chinese Herbs to Help
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