Premenstrual syndrome (commonly abbreviated as PMS) is a blanket term for a number of physical and emotional symptoms that relate to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Although these symptoms are totally normal and have no bearing on physical or mental well being outside the short time they occur, they nonetheless range in severity from barely noticeable to extremely uncomfortable.
PMS typically manifests itself in both physical (cramps, bloating, headaches) and emotional (anxiety, irritability, insomnia, moodiness) symptoms. There are over 200 different symptoms associated with PMS, but in most cases women are affected with only a few. For some women, symptoms last only a few hours, often a few days, but a few women have severe discomfort up to 3 weeks each month.
I have had many patients referred to me from doctors, who say, “Try acupuncture, we have heard good things about it”. It does usually clear up the problem nicely, and it is certainly good to avoid medications when possible.
Acupuncture is appropriate prior as well as during the symptom time. I prefer to work preventatively, to clear up the causes before the symptoms attack. Attack is a harsh word; some symptoms do feel that way though. The point sites chosen will vary a little based on the individual, as we assess the history and the whole health picture. We will also look at the tongue and pulse diagnosis, and perhaps consider your diet as well. Point sites chosen will include lower back as well as lower abdomen. There will be others as well, perhaps on the top of the foot! (liver 3) and maybe inside of ankles… The point sites are painless, and gently treated.
Your very next month will be so much better!
A testimonial from one of our patients…
“Hi there, don’t know what you did but my cramps went from bad to nothing ……I feel much better! Thank you! I am so impressed with your work! Thank you again!”
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