Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is one of the common issues we see in our clinic among the young ladies. The symptoms of PMS would range from emotional to physical symptoms which can affect individuals’ relationship with their families and friends, their work productivity, and emotional stabilities. The symptoms vary from woman to woman. PMS symptoms usually initiate a few days prior to the menstrual period and sometimes continue until the first couple days of the menstrual period.
Chemical changes in the brain and Changes in bodily hormones during menstrual cycles and imbalances in the Qi and blood circulation in the body and can be significant contributors to the symptoms of PMS. Symptoms of PMS include but are not limited to anxiety, stress, depression, low energy, moodiness, insomnia, night sweating, bloating, salt/sugar cravings headaches, migraines, lower abdominal cramps, lower back pain, breast distention, etc. Nowadays, a women’s hectic, demanding lifestyle, stress, inadequate diet, lack of exercise and sleep can exacerbate the symptoms.
Western medicine recommends medications including birth control pills, and antidepressants. Although these medications can sometimes bring immediate relief, they do not address the underlying causes of PMS, and they even could cause unwanted side effects. Birth control pills taken for a long time can make the ovaries lazy and interfere with individuals’ natural menstrual cycles once they’ve stopped taking the pills.
Acupuncture & PMS
Acupuncture has proved to be very effective in improving the symptoms of PMS and easing the quality of life without any medications by restoring harmony and balance in the body. In Chinese medicine, the major cause of PMS seen in the clinic is the disruption or blockage in the Qi ( vital energy, and blood circulation in the bodily organs and meridian systems. Acupuncture provides deep relaxation to help reduce stress, ultimately encouraging and supporting greater health and well-being of both body and mind. As an acupuncturist, we would run an investigation of the pulse and tongue and do a thorough diagnostic evaluation in order to find out the underlying causes of the symptoms and set up a treatment plan based on the findings. In our clinic, we notice that different individuals exhibit various symptoms according to their underlying bodily imbalances; therefore, the treatment plan including acupuncture points chosen for each person is little different. Moreover, we recommend lifestyle changes including diet correction, adequate sleep, getting regular exercise, meditation, etc in order to help alleviate PMS symptoms. In some cases, we combine acupuncture with Chinese Herbs to produce a safe, natural and healthier, balanced, PMS-free life.
Book your Free Acupuncture Consultation at Zahra Acupuncture Clinic Today
If you would like to learn more about acupuncture and how it can help alleviate PMS symptoms, call Zahra Acupuncture Clinic at (778) 847-2026 today to book a consultation. Our North Vancouver acupuncture clinic is conveniently located at Neurogenesis Clinics, Marine Drive. Our acupuncture treatments are covered by extended health benefits.