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Eradicate Those Unwanted PMS Symptoms with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

PMS or premenstrual syndrome is a cyclic recurrence of a set of symptoms that is at its worst seven to ten days before menses and then immediately disappears a few hours after the start of the menstrual flow. This disorder is marked by diverse and multiple symptoms including, but not limited to: changes in appetite, impulsiveness, social withdrawal, confusion, poor concentration, mood swings, depression, irritability, pelvic pain, headache, acne, insomnia, constipation, bloating, temporary weight gain, and tenderness of the breast. While a lot of women may suffer mild symptoms of short duration, some may experience really severe symptoms that can endure for several days and disrupt their normal functioning temporarily.

PMS is caused by unbalanced hormonal changes. These imbalances can be corrected and be relieved in the long-term via a combination of Chinese medicinal herbs and acupuncture as well as emotional clarity, proper exercise, and a correct diet.

Essential for overcoming PMS is a balanced nutrition. Foods such as animal fats, salt, sugar, cold temperature foods, caffeine, and alcohol can aggravate the symptoms and thus should be avoided. Also avoidance of commercial poultry and red meats is necessary as these foods have a residue of steroids made up of female animal sex hormones. Foods that can lead to a relatively problem-free and harmonious menstrual cycle include: deep sea ocean fishes (mackerel, trout, tuna, and salmon), small portions of lean meats that are free of hormones, seaweed, legumes, soy, whole grains, small amounts of fruits, and lots of organic vegetables.

A key part of PMS treatment is regular exercise. At least half an hour to around 45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 3 times a week can boost blood flow and significantly relieve symptoms.

Besides exercise and diet, meditation of some form can also be extremely helpful. Our hormones and emotions influence each other since they are located in the same part of the brain. Hormonal imbalances caused by stress can lead to and also exacerbate PMS symptoms. Daily quiet time is required to restore your physical and emotional equilibrium.

Acupuncture clears out obstructions to the flow of energy that then leads to the normalization of hormonal changes. The treatment can also bring about deep relaxation that calms the mind. Chinese herbs, on the other hand, normalize energy and substance flow in the body. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbs activate the natural functions of the body helping it to achieve optimum balance.

No woman should accept that PMS is a normal monthly experience that should be endured since there is nothing one can do about it. When the symptoms are eliminated or at least reduced, you then can feel more energetic – creatively, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

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