Many women experience one or more symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) each month in the days preceding their period. Symptoms range from emotional distress to cramping and bloating to headaches and skin problems. A smaller portion of women experience a more severe constellation of symptoms known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Acupuncture has the potential to manage symptoms of PMS and, to some extent, PMDD. This ancient Chinese medicine technique has been a source of relief for fertility and women's issues for thousands of years. Rather than suffering through PMS symptoms month after month, acupuncture treatments can improve energy and mood, relieve pain, and promote a healthy menstrual cycle.
Is acupuncture effective in managing PMS?
While there is not a clear understanding of the causes of PMS, theories speculate that hormones, metabolism issues, and certain vitamin deficiencies may contribute. PMS symptoms can sometimes be an indication of underlying reproductive health issues.
While common treatments for PMS, like over-the-counter and prescription medications, address the symptoms, acupuncture has the potential to treat the underlying causes of PMS and reproductive issues. Women generally find lasting relief from PMS after several weeks of treatment, with some experiencing a reduction of symptoms after only a few sessions.
Acupuncture is especially effective in managing PMS symptoms when combined with dietary changes. This means avoiding sugary, spicy, or greasy foods and avoiding excessive coffee or alcohol consumption. Red meat should also be limited.
How does acupuncture help with PMS symptoms?
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of small, sterile needles at various points on the body. Specifically for PMS symptoms, acupuncture treatment targets the liver, spleen, and kidneys. Acupuncture relieves physical symptoms like swelling, joint pain, and cramps by improving blood flow and circulation throughout the body. This improves the overall health of the reproductive organs.
The treatment can also increase naturally occurring endorphins which relieve pain in the body. Behavioral and emotional symptoms can also be alleviated through acupuncture, like anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, and confusion. This is accomplished through acupuncture treatments that increase the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation.
Don't let another month go by with PMS holding you back from living your best life.
At Deanna Carell Acupuncture, we specialize in women's health and want to help you feel amazing no matter where you are in your menstrual cycle. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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