Acupuncture for PMS

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Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
Premenstrual syndrome is a common problem that causes significant distress and interference with the lives of those who suffer from it.
Up to 40% of women of reproductive age have premenstrual syndrome.
Premenstrual syndrome (also called premenstrual dysphoric disorder) describes the appearance of physical and emotional symptoms during the second half (luteal phase) of the menstrual cycle.

Symptoms are most commonly experienced during the week before menses, with symptoms disappearing at, or within, several days of the onset of menstrual flow. The prominence of emotional symptoms and behavioral distress distinguishes premenstrual syndrome from the purely physical premenstrual symptoms (e.g. breast tenderness, bloating) that occur far more frequently.

Commonly experienced mood symptoms in premenstrual syndrome include irritability, sadness, anxiety, and rapidly changing mood.
Given that premenstrual syndrome is defined by the timing of symptom appearance rather than the specific symptoms that occur, diagnosis must be based on daily symptom ratings obtained over the course of several menstrual cycles.
One should be able to see a substantial increase in symptom severity in the 7-10 days before menses, with marked attenuation of severity or symptom disappearance by the end of the menses.
Premenstrual syndrome does not appear to be caused by abnormal levels of the hormones made by the ovaries. Nonetheless, suppression of ovarian hormone levels is associated with elimination of premenstrual syndrome in many women.
Women who drink large amounts of caffeine are more prone to PMS than women who do not. 
PMS is significantly increased by sugar consumption.  Refined sugar causes increased urinary excretion of magnesium, which may lead to cramping. . 

Vitamin B complex is highly recommended when nervous tension exists, or when birth control pills, tranquilizes or drugs with estrogen-containing compounds are used. 
Supplementation of B vitamins led to improvements in their ability to function before, and during women’s periods. 
Vitamin B-6 has shown to ease symptoms of PMS.   

Vitamin E is effective for lessening mastalgia (breast pain) and it has also shown to reduce nervous tension, headaches, fatigue, depression and insomnia. 
Magnesium is commonly deficient in women with PMS.  One study showed a reduction in nervousness in 89%, breast pain in 96%, and weight gain in 95% of women with PMS.


1) Eat less red meat; for protein eat fish, poultry and whole grains. Eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt and butter should be limited.
2) Increase complex carbohydrates (whole grains, vegetables, cereals).
3) Reduce refined sugar to as little as possible
4) Polyunsaturated fats are to be avoided.
5) Salt - the smaller amount the better.
6) No caffeine (coffee, tea, cola, chocolate)
7) Eat lots of leafy green vegetables, grains, cereals.
8) No alcohol.
9) No fast foods.

Self help and alternative medicine:

Essential oils: Lavender, Roman chamomile, geranium or clary sage oils often help relieve mood swings, anxiety, irritability.

Herbal medicine: Scutellaria spp., Valeriana officinalis, Cimicifuga racemosa tincture: equal amount, 20 drops 3 times a day
Evening Primrose oil or Borage oil

Belladonna is useful for intense cramps that come on suddenly. Belladonna is indicated for a woman whose pains worsen when she bends over or applies pressure to her abdomen.
Colocynthis, in contrast, works better for women whose cramps are relieved by applying pressure or warmth or doubling over. Usually a woman with these symptoms also suffers from premenstrual anger and irritability.
Magnesia phosphorica: also is useful when the cramps improve with warmth and gentle pressure. For women who do not suffer premenstrual irritability.
Pulsatilla improves a wide variety of PMS symptoms, and is often chosen for the woman who feels weepy and depressed and wants to be comforted. when the woman tends to feel warm, feels better in the open air, and is not thirsty.

Acupuncture: a very effective treatment with both short term and long term improvement
Chinese Herbal Medicine: traditional formulae give excellent results, low dosage in capsule or tablet form is generally sufficient

Although scientific evidence regarding the use of acupuncture for PMS is lacking, this condition is frequently treated by acupuncturists. Acupuncturists treat people with PMS based on an individualized assessment of the excesses and deficiencies of qi located in various meridians. In the case of PMS, a qi deficiency is usually detected in the liver and/or spleen meridians. Many treatments include moxibustion (a technique in which the herb mugwort is burned over specific acupuncture points), and qualified practitioners may also recommend herbal treatment or dietary modifications.

Acupuncture London: fertility clinics of acupuncture and complementary medicine at 95 Replingham Road london SW18 5LU
and 211-213 kensington High Street London W8 6BD