PMS or Pre Menstrual Syndrome is a complex collection of symptoms that affect millions of women each month. PMS, which is experienced by up to 85% of menstruating women, can cause a variety of physical and psychological symptoms that occur just before or during the menstrual period.
According to Web MD, “The exact cause of PMS is unknown, but it seems to be related to the fluctuating levels of hormones, including estrogen and progesterone, that occur in preparation for menstruation.” Chinese Medicine holds a similar view, believing that PMS is not caused by a single factor, but by a synthesis of imbalances between the hormones, the nervous system and the internal organs.
By helping to restore health and balance to the nervous system, hormones and reproductive organs, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can offer relief for a wide spectrum of PMS symptoms, including headache, back ache, migraine, bloating, irritability, depression, mood swings, digestive upset, acne, cramping, and breast distension and pain. In November, 1997, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Alternative Medicine issued a consensus statement that reported that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of menstrual cramps, and some of the other symptoms of PMS.