Many women come to my office with PMS thinking that this is normal. PMS is common which means that it is experienced by many women, but it is not normal. PMS indicates that there is an underlying condition that should be treated.
“The term PMS or pre-menstrual syndorme describes both the emotional and physical symptoms occurring before, during or after a period. These symptoms may include any combination of the following:
- change in libido
- bursts of anger
- distension of abdomen and breasts
- pain in the abdomen or low back
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine the Liver is the main organ involved in PMS. When the Liver Qi is not flowing properly it can become stagnant. This is often due to stress, anger or unexpressed emotions. Or it may be the result of an improper diet. The Spleen is responsible for our digestion. If the diet is comprised of lots of cold foods, food eaten in a hurry or fried foods the Spleen can become weak. In a healthy state the Liver encourages the normal function of the Spleen/the digestion system. When the Spleen is weak, it allows the Liver to overcome it. When the Liver is stagnant this can result in any of the above PMS symptoms.
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If you are experiencing PMS, acupuncture can often be a simple solution to correct the symptoms and improve the overall health of the body. Book your appointment today! 250-368-3326 or firstname.lastname@example.org