Yin Yang Wisdom Acupuncture 

And Traditional Chinese Medicine
Natalie Shuler LAc, MSOM, Dipl. Ac

In 1997, the National Institute of Health Issued a consensus report that reported acupuncture is effective in the treatment of menstrual cramps and other symptoms of PMS.  By using acupuncture women can address both the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS without having to use medications.

  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Appetite changes
  • Backache
  • Bloating and weight gain
  • Breast tenderness and swelling
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Concentrations problems
  • Cramps
  • Depression
  • Food cravings (salt, sugar, carb)
  • Headache/Migraines
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hives
  • Irritability and anger
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Lack of libido
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Night sweats
  • Skin disorders
  • Vaginitis

Although most people associate a Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms with being angry or having feelings of hostility or sadness, there is more to how PMS can effect women.  In fact, some women have severe PMS symptoms that they would never associate with PMS at all. 

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a variety of responses to an imbalance of an ordinary event in women's lives: menstruation.  

PMS symptoms can appear every month 7 to 14 days before menstruation and then subside after the onset of the menstrual flow.  This is due to unbalanced fluctuations in a womans natural hormonal balance, i.e estrogen and progesterone.  When you add to these unbalanced hormones other factors such as stress, inadequate diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and either a hectic or sedentary lifestyle and you have a recipe for a very frustrated and diminished sense of wellbeing.  

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the root cause of PMS is a blockage or imbalance of Qi associated with various organ systems.  The role of the acupuncturist is to find the root cause and then correct it with the use of acupuncture and/or herbal supplements.  

Acupuncturist may also recommend various lifestyle changes that can also help with the various PMS symptoms women have.

Women are at increase risk of PMS symptoms if they are:
1. under a lot or stress
2. are suffering side effects of birth control
3. have difficulty maintaining a stable weight
4. have a family history of depression
5. are over 30 years of age
6. do not get enough exercise
7. do not get enough sleep
8. have poor nutritional 
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