January 21, 2020
by Karen Lang, L.Ac.

Eliminate PMS Naturally with Chinese Medicine

I think we women have been sold a bill of goods. We have been taught that Pre-Menstrual Symptom (PMS) is inevitable and unavoidable. Told that at least some degree of cramping or breast tenderness or mood swings (or all of the above and more!) just comes with the territory of having a menstrual cycle. According to Chinese Medicine PMS is a sign that something is out of balance in our bodies…which means that PMS is not a natural state of being. It also means that we can regain our own natural state of being that is PMS free!

PMS symptoms can range from mild to severe. Cramping can feel like some downward pulling or pressure all the way to stabbing pain that has you doubled over. PMS can also include breast tenderness, nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, appetite changes, fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances, mood swings (from crying to anger and back again), anxiety and depression. For some women, the few days before, during and/or after their menstrual cycle borders on disabling.

The good news is this is not inevitable and you can experience pain free menstrual cycles without resorting to painkillers or birth control pills. In general, we find that we can greatly reduce or completely eliminate PMS within a few menstrual cycles with regular acupuncture, herbs and dietary changes.

Some things you can try at home to relieve PMS:

  • Many women who experience PMS have a lot of Qi stagnation (things not moving smoothly in your body). Going for a walk, doing yoga, lifting weights or doing some other exercise that you enjoy gets your Qi moving and reduces PMS.
  • Eliminate or greatly reduce caffeine, alcohol and sugar. Sorry. I know. But these things exacerbate PMS (among other things). You’ll feel better all month long by reducing or eliminating your intake of these.
  • Castor Oil packs. Castor Oil is a wonderful pain reliever! It is excellent for many gynecological issues, including fibroids and menstrual cramps. Take a piece of flannel cloth folded three times, saturate one layer of the flannel with the castor oil and put that layer against your skin on your lower abdomen, cover with plastic wrap, place a heating pad on top and relax for 30-60 minutes. Just be aware that Castor Oil can be messy and stain. Ideally use it a day or two before your period begins if you have painful cramping. You can also use it while you are having cramps just be aware it may increase your blood flow.

Tired of dreading the “time of the month”?  Schedule your free 20 minute consultation at 303-772-0598 or by vising www.goodlifelongmont.com to get started on making your entire month feel great.