23. March 2017 · Comments Off on Studies Confirm The Efficacy of Chinese Medicine in Treating PMS · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

PMS is a condition involving discomfort that arises just before the onset of the menstruation, at the end of the monthly cycle. PM usually develops in the 5-11 days leading up to menstruation. Constipation and other changes in bowel function, food cravings, edema (retention of water), weight gain, breast tenderness, depression, irritability, and moodiness are some of its symptoms.

PMS points to an imbalance in the function of the endocrine system and liver although a lot of women accept this as a “fact of life.” If a woman’s menstrual cycle is healthy, it will not produce any significant discomfort. Dietary changes, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture, are able to greatly lessen or eliminate premenstrual discomfort.

Liver Function

The liver, in Chinese medicine, is the organ that regulates the free flow of menstruation. During the menstrual cycle large fluctuations in the levels of hormone add to the burden of detoxification of the hormones by the liver. Diet, emotions, and stress can impair the function of the liver, which contributes to PMS.

In most instances, PMS entails some degree of liver chi stagnation. Symptoms of signs of this stagnation include stomach bloating, rib side discomfort, alternating episodes of loose stools and constipation, frustration, and irritability.

A Chinese study headed by Chou discovered that women manifesting such signs during PMS experienced constant low levels and substantial low peak secretions of progesterone and estradiol during both the preovulatory (follicular) and (postovulatory (luteal) phases.

Cholesterol which forms the basis for production of progesterone and estradiol is produced in the body by the liver. A weak functioning liver will not produce enough cholesterol which may affect hormone production required for a smooth menstrual cycle.

Bile which is important for the smooth digestion of fats is produced and released also by the liver; if bile flow is weak it causes poor digestion of fat which in turn will lead to stomach bloating. Bile is also essential for a smooth bowel movement to eliminate waste matter. A weak functioning liver will result in constipation and bloating.


A female’s caloric needs can rise as high as 500 calories a day during the premenstrual phase. If she fails to boost her consumption of food intake appropriately using nutrient-rich foods especially high quality carbohydrates, she may experience food cravings, particularly for fat and sugar.

Refined vegetable oils, sweeteners, and sugar all contribute to increased blood viscosity and inflammation, while providing zero micronutrients important essential for healthy hormone production or liver function.

Herbal Medicine

PMS treatment using herbal medicine aims to stimulate digestion, improve the liver functions, boosting female hormone levels and facilitate the assimilation of foods (notably fats),. Practitioners utilize herbs such as peppermint, root of angelica, and bupleurum root to attain these goals.

The researchers reported the study’s outcomes the treated 61 Australian women suffering from PMS with either sugar pill (placebo) or Chinese herbal medicine. After three months, the results showed significant differences in scores between placebo and Chinese herbal medicine in premenstrual psychological and physical PMS symptoms (anger, anxiety, and depression) favoring herbal therapy.


PMS symptoms can be relieved with acupuncture treatment in Fort Lauderdale as it can stimulate endocrine, digestive, and liver function, induce a parasympathetic response, and release body tension.

A Chinese study headed by Yu analyzed eight controlled clinical trials involving 807 women who were all suffering from PMS. Seven out the eight studies revealed that acupuncture had far superior therapeutic results compared to Chinese herbs and Western medicine.

12. April 2016 · Comments Off on Dispel All Types of PMS Symptoms with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The severity of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can be dramatically reduced with Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Hormonal cycle imbalances that can lead to PMS can be regulated with Chinese medicine. Moreover, PMS symptoms exacerbated by stress can be addressed by this type of medicine by promoting relaxation in the body. Also known as PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder), PMS usually occurs a week prior to a woman’s actual menstrual flow leading to a number of symptoms. These symptoms include: sleeping difficulties, pelvic pain, cramping, breast swelling and tenderness, weight fluctuations, irritability, food cravings, digestive problems, crying spells, moodiness, headaches, acne, and bloating. PMS symptoms can be mild to extremely intense that they can significantly disrupt a woman’s life.

From the viewpoint of Chinese medicine PMS or PMDD, is the result of a stagnation or blocked qi or life energy in the body of a woman. This slow down of blood and energy flow results in irregular hormonal fluctuations and a build- up of symptoms that is finally released when menstruation commences. If, for example, a woman suffering from menstrual cramps along with digestive problems and headaches prior to her period may indicate that she has Liver Qi stagnation which affects the circulation of energy through her muscles and organs. Tension and stress can contribute to the “trapping” of qi, preventing it to move which then results in body pain.

Acupuncturists work with each of their patients to smooth out and re-balance the flow of blood and qi so that patients can experience a menstrual cycle with no or very little emotional stress, discomfort, and pain. Since Chinese medicine uses a holistic approach in treating a particular condition like PMS, it is important that a thorough understanding of all of the body’s systems be taken into consideration during the first appointment. The acupuncturist should be able to address his/her patient’s specific issues in an effective, unique and customized manner. Chinese herbal formulas are also given to enhance the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments. The formulas can be taken in raw forms, mixed with water and drunk, or taken via pills or tablets.

Traditional needling acupuncture is a very effective treatment. It can lead to pain relief even with just a single treatment, but with regular treatment, the frequency and intensity of the symptoms can be significantly alleviated and even completely cured. However, most patients get much better after a treatment lasting four to six weeks one session a week.

Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

23. October 2014 · Comments Off on How does acupuncture treat women with pre-menstrual syndrome? · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Premenstrual syndrome or PMS, for short, affects about 70% to 90% of women in the United States, women who are not in menopause; however, PMS is not a problem for most of the women living in Southeast Asia. This difference may be attributed to the contrasting social structure and living style between the two cultures. Premenstrual syndrome is known as a dysfunction of the ovaries associated with a women’s cycle of menstruation. This condition affects a woman’s emotional and physical state and may, at times, interfere with her daily activities due to fluctuation in her hormones. PMS happens one to two weeks prior to menstruation. It then dissipates when the period begins. This article will deal with how acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy can be used to treat PMS.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese form of treatment that has been utilized to alleviate the tension on any part in the body caused by blood and qi stagnation in traditional Chinese medicine or TCM.

How does acupuncture treat women with pre-menstrual syndrome?

Kidney deficiency – this type of deficiency leads to edema or water retention in the body of a woman suffering from PMS. To restore the function of the kidney, acupuncture is used. This treatment helps stimulate more fluid secretion which helps to remove toxins via urinary secretion.

Cramps and pains – acupuncture is able to alleviate menstrual cramps and pain resulting from overactive muscles in the stomach area. It does this by removing the cause of blood and qi stagnation. This causes the muscles to relax that then lessens stomach cramps and pain.

Yin and Yang qi – these two opposing but at the same time complementary forces of TCM play a huge role in the overall health of a person. Licensed Chinese herbalists agree that PMS is occasionally due to an imbalance in yin and yang qi in the woman’s body. When herbal therapy brings back the balance of these tow forces, the woman’s hormonal system starts to normally function that eventually helps in eliminating the symptoms of PMS.

Releasing the tension in the nervous – when blood flow improves due to acupuncture, the nervous system begins to relax, this results in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and depression

Blood and liver qi stagnation – Chinese herbalists state that a large number of women suffering from PMS may have blood or liver q stagnation or even both. So, when inserting the needle in the important areas in the body (occasionally, electrical current can be utilized to make the results more effective), it also releases pressure and improves the function of liver resulting in lessened symptoms of PMS.


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18. April 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for PMS · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In Southeast Asia, women are less prone to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) than women living in the United States. The US has about 70% to 90% women with PMS symptoms. Researchers have attributed the marked difference in rate of PMS symptoms between women in Southeast Asia and the US from factors such as social structure, and living style. Premenstrual syndrome is known as a dysfunction of the ovaries that affect’s the woman’s menstruation. PMS also affects her normal way of life because of hormonal changes and it also greatly impacts the woman’s emotional and physical state.  PMS may begin one or a couple of weeks prior to menstruation and starts to wane when the period itself begins.  This article will talk about the role of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in treating PMS.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is more than a thousand year old Chinese healing practice used to treat tension in certain areas in the body brought about by blood and qi stagnation.

How acupuncture affects women with PMS

Blood and liver qi stagnation

Practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine think that a huge number of women suffering from PMS have liver blood or qi stagnation or both; so, with the use of needles in certain points in the body (sometimes using mild electrical current for better stimulation), the function of the liver system is improved and the stagnation gets removed. This helps in the lessening of PMS symptoms.

Releasing the nervous tension

Acupuncture and herbal medicine help stimulate the flow of blood and energy in the nervous system helping women to relax, thus relieving their mood disorders such as anxiety, tiredness, insomnia and depression.

Yin and Yang qi

Yin and yang are part of the natural energy the human body possesses. Licensed acupuncturists and herbalists agree that PMS may sometimes come about from the imbalance of yin and yang qi in a woman’s body. The balance of yin and yang is restored using acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Hormone balance is achieved before ovulation resulting in the treatment of PMS.

Cramps and pains

Acupuncture can treat pain and cramping caused by menstruation. It releases the stagnated blood and qi in the stomach resulting in the relaxation of the stomach muscles leading to the relief of pain and cramping in that region.

Kidney deficiency

Kidney deficiency leads to edema in the body of women with PMS.  To bring about the normal function of the kidney, acupuncture is needed. It can stimulate more secretion of fluids resulting in the flushing out of toxins via the process of urination.