Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) is not normal
PMS refers to physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the one to two weeks before a woman's period. Symptoms often vary but are felt by millions of women every month. Common manifestations include acne, tender breasts, bloating, feeling tired, irritability, abdominal discomfort, constipation, diarrhea, insomnia, migraines, fatigue and mood changes. Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a more extreme presentation of PMS characterised by severe and disabling symptoms.
TICM has been used for centuries to regulate the body, promote healing, and regain a proper balance of energy, Blood, and biochemicals necessary to have a healthy and comfortable period. In TICM, experiencing painful symptoms around the period is not the norm. In fact it is a signal of imbalance and the body alerting you to adjust.
Hormonal balance is essential for a healthy period. Oestrogen and progesterone are two hormones in particular that play a vital role. Elevated levels of oestrogen is common in women experiencing PMS. These levels are caused by impaired Liver function and digestive issues, common factors in today's society.
Proper energy and Blood flow result in a healthy and pain-free period. The Liver energy is central to the overall flow of energy through our bodies. When energy is stagnated, the Blood forms in the uterus, creating symptoms like bloating, spotting and irritability.
Cramping is also associated to enery stagnation. There is a deficiency of energy or Blood in specific channels/meridians/oragns that lead to pain. Also, a build up of internal Heat or Cold can also have the same effect.
The reason that TICM has so much efficacy in treating women's gynecological disorders is that it treats the root imbalance. Each woman is assessed by her unique patterns, as women know, no two periods are quite the same.
Overall Liver energy is assessed as well as the individual's lifestyle conditions. Stress, over-exertion, high caffeine intake, improper diet, a diet full of cold/raw foods, emotional imbalance, and insufficient rest are all significant contributors to PMS.