Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual Syndrome covers a broad spectrum of symptoms before a period.

Symptoms may be emotional, such as depression, irritability, sadness, anxiety, or poor concentration. PMS may also involve physical symptoms, such as breast tenderness, a change in bowel movement, acne, or loss of libido. Symptoms can vary widely in terms of severity, and may differ month to month.

For most women, PMS arises from a stagnation of Liver energy. In Oriental medicine, the Liver is an organ system that is responsible for the smooth flow of substances, such as energy or blood, within the body. Imbalances can arise from a variety of factors, including poor diet, too much work, physical or emotional trauma, constitutionally weak Qi (energy) or stress. These imbalances ultimately cause a blockage of Qi or blood in our body. When Qi and blood become blocked, they stagnate and are unable to properly nourish the body. This stagnation frequently manifests in women in the form of PMS.

Acupuncturists may use a variety of modalities to treat their patients’ PMS symptoms depending on their specific imbalance.