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.