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Chinese Medicine view on PMS

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By Gerry Ward

In my clinics, I see more and more women diagnosed with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), which broadly describes emotional and/or physical discomfort occurring before the period. Many symptoms include depression, sadness, irritability, anxiety, lethargy, loss of concentration, aggressiveness, changes in libido, changes in bowel habits, skin eruptions, food cravings, crying, outbursts of anger, headaches, bloating, distension of the abdomen or breasts and insomnia. The symptoms vary in duration and intensity, ranging from one day to two weeks before the period. PMS is more common among women in the age range of 30 to 40. Symptoms can be very mild to extremely serious and debilitating.


Despite the fact many women experience some sort of discomfort during their “time of the month,” Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) would argue this should NOT be viewed as “normal.” A woman’s journey through the menstrual cycle should be smooth and free of any discomfort, fatigue or emotional changes. Although many of the symptoms are widespread among women, it does not mean this is normal. The symptoms of PMS are signs that the woman’s body is out of balance and maybe due to stress or imbalances in diet, work and home; even your environment can play a part. If not addressed it may lead to further health problem in years ahead.


Complementary health care such as Chinese herbs and Acupuncture is growing in acceptance for PMS. The symptoms of PMS can be effectively treated by TCM because the root problem is targeted by the Chinese medicine thus easing the associated symptoms. TCM also has a long history of treating other gynaecological imbalances such as dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation), menopause, and infertility issues.

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Disclaimer:  This advice is not meant as a substitute for full medical check-up and advice from your GP or healthcare professional

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