Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of differing signs and symptoms linked to menstrual cycle, which typically occurs 1 to 2 weeks before the period (menstruation or monthly bleeding) starts.

PMS symptoms varies from one woman to another, and the most common symptoms include:

  • Anxiety, irritability, mood swings and nervous tension.
  • Depression, insomnia, lethargy and confusion.
  • Bloating, weight gain, headaches and breast tenderness.
  • Increase in appetite, cravings for sugar and/or salt and fatigue.

Physical and psychological can all be the cause of PMS, and treatment provided by both conventional Western and traditional Chinese medicine is empirical.

As for most of the health conditions, traditional Chinese medicine believes PMS is also a product of imbalance and disharmony body’s energy (“chi” or ‘qi’), and in general the cause can be categorized by:

  • Liver stagnation
  • Spleen and kidney yang deficiency
  • Heart and spleen qi deficiency
  • Phlegm blocking energy channels
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Liver and kidney yin Deficiency

At ACATCM College Clinic, we use both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to treat PMS, during and off the PMS cycle. Females in China commonly taking Chinese herbal medicine for premenstrual syndrome, which may explain why Chinese women have a lower prevalence of menopausal symptoms than Western women at later age.

Contact us at 403-286-8788 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive assessment.