How does Traditional Chinese Medicine help with Premenstrual Syndrome?
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) includes different menstrual-related symptoms resolve around the start of bleeding. The most common symptoms include emotional irritability, acne, tender breasts, bloating, edema, diarrhea or constipated, headaches or migraines and sleep disorders.
TCM believes that the PMS is due to a periodic flush of abundant qi and blood in the Conception and Thoroughfare Meridians (two most important channels that controlled mostly by Kidney and Liver systems to maintain the qi and blood balance of women) that leads to temporary disturbance of the blood inside the body. This is considered as a normal process that happens to a woman every month.
However, unhealthy lifestyle habits such as emotional strains anger, improper diet, and overwork, will produce functional disorders of the Kidney and Liver systems and interfere with the flow of qi and blood. It may give rise to states like stagnation of Liver-qi, or Kidney Yin deficiency which are the predisposing conditions for PMS to occur.
Instead of giving a particular drug for one or two intractable problems, TCM provides a customized treatment plan with a tailor-made herbal formula and acupuncture prescription, so as to address the problems holistically and to reach the root of the problem. PMS should not only be concerned during the premenstrual phase, but also be treated throughout the full cycle. Master Ruth will employ the four diagnostic techniques to identify your syndrome differentiation and your unique body type which could be very helpful as to provide guidelines to live a healthy lifestyle.
Menstruation (1st to 5th day)
This period is the beginning of a cycle and usually does not need special management unless there are symptoms that shown blockage on the flow or have severe menstrual pain. TCM will focus on harmonizing the qi and blood movement.
Ovulation (13th to 16th day)
This period is the rupture and release of follicles. This is the most fertile stage. TCM usually focuses on fortying the Liver and Kidneys to ensure appropriate nutrient supply, warming the Yang and unblocking the meridians to enhance the blood flow in the reproductive system
Follicular phase (6th to 12th day)
This period ensures follicle(s) in the ovary developed into a fully mature follicle. TCM usually will focus on fortifying the Liver and Kidneys, invigorating the Spleen and Stomach in order to replenish the blood flow and kidney essense, as well as activate their circulation.
Luteal phase (17th to 28th day)
This period ensures the furthering ripening of the released follicle and thickening the endometrium. TCM will focus on warming the Yang and nourish the Conception and Thoroughfare Meridians. If there are severe symptoms of PMS, methods of dredging the Liver and regulating Qi, facilitating body fluid movements and calming the spirit will be employed.