If you’ve ever suffered from PMS (premenstrual syndrome) you know those feelings of soreness, anger, hunger, being emotional, or tired. Nobody loves experiencing this, so where does it come from?
Where does it come from?
Let’s look at PMS from the perspective of both western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. Western medicine suggests it’s caused by hormone fluctuations that usually happen in the second half of the cycle. The actual cause of PMS is still unclear but an imbalance in brain chemicals, fluctuation in sex hormones, or prostaglandins are generally agreed to be behind it. A magnesium deficiency could also support the cause and is why magnesium is described for PMS symptoms. Chocolate is high in magnesium which may be why women crave it so much during this time.
In traditional Chinese medicine stagnation of the Liver Qi is the cause of PMS. The liver controls and stores the blood. When Qi (energy) is moving freely, the person should be pain-free and happy, but when it is blocked by lifestyle factors such as alcohol, caffeine, stress, symptoms start to present themselves as headaches, irritability, etc. Following this reduced flow of energy, the liver overacts on the spleen and causes bloating and digestive discomfort.
How Chinese Medicine Can Help
Traditional Chinese medicine fixes this by moving your liver Qi during post ovulation. This is achieved by eating good foods, exercising, and relaxing practices such as acupuncture. In order to treat these hormonal issues, you would be seen a few days before your period starts. Most women report reduced PMS symptoms after treatment.
If you’re suffering from the effects of PMS, book a treatment now and feel the difference!