Healthy Menstrual Cycle Tip #3: Treating PMS

Many women experience some form of pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS) before their period. Symptoms can include breast tenderness, bloating, mild cramping, headaches/migraines, fatigue, food cravings, low libido, insomnia, emotional fluctuations including anger, anxiety, irritability, depression, sadness, and weepiness.

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, the “symptoms” of PMS are seen as patterns that involve the internal organs and/or energy pathways of the body. The Liver, Heart and Spleen are the three major organ systems that are primarily involved with PMS. With acupuncture, herbs, diet, and lifestyle changes, we focus on “smoothing” the liver to have a smoother menstrual cycle.

TCM has been widely and successfully used to treat PMS. Most women respond very well to acupuncture and herbs in combination with dietary changes, exercise, and focusing on your emotional well being. I can support you in discovering what will work best for you to prepare your body for your period. Make an appointment today!

Another great tip is to schedule a massage the week before your period. This is especially helpful for those who get menstrual headaches and muscle tightness before menses.

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