Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan , L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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                Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. PMS symptoms occur in the week or two weeks before your period (menstruation or monthly bleeding). The symptoms usually go away after your period starts. PMS can affect menstruating women of any age. It is different for each woman: it may be just a monthly bother or it may be so severe that it makes it hard to even get through the day. Monthly periods stop during menopause, bringing an end to PMS.

What are the symptoms of PMS?

PMS often includes both physical and emotional symptoms.  Common symptoms are:
breast swelling and tenderness
feeling tired
having trouble sleeping
upset stomach, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
headache or backache
appetite changes or food cravings
joint or muscle pain
trouble concentrating or remembering
tension, irritability, mood swings, or crying spells
anxiety or depression

Alternative Medicine Treatments

PMS is defined both aetiologically and pathophysiologically within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which recognizes groups of signs and symptoms as a pattern of disharmony. The basic imbalance that causes PMS according to TCM is liver qi stagnation. The liver in TCM is responsible for the smooth flow of qi (energy), and reflects the rise and fall of hormones in the endocrine system. Diet, relaxation and exercise are also said to benefit the liver and release stuck qi, hence they are included in this therapeutic model. Similarly, Chinese herbs are administered according to the energetic imbalance in TCM theory. Many different herbs may be used, and no one individual is likely to receive the same prescription.
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Wang, Xiaoyan
Phone: (804) 301-1784