Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
What Is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Basics
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a set of emotional and physical symptoms that appear 5 to 11 days before the beginning of a woman's menstrual period. These symptoms include bloating, headache, constipation, joint inflammation, abdominal pain and cramps, painful menstruation, nausea, weight gain, breast tenderness, food cravings, anxiety, irritability, depression, fatigue, altered sex drive and others.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Premenstrual Syndrome.
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Which Acupuncture Point Protocols May Be Applied For Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Acupuncture Protocols
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following acupuncture treatment protocols may be used with premenstrual syndrome (pms):
Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for premenstrual syndrome (pms) that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with premenstrual syndrome (pms):
5 Points Are Empirically Important For Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
4 TCM Herbs Are Potentially Used With Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
The Following (8)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan (Bupleurum Powder to Spread the Liver)
- Liver qi stagnation signs - hypochondriac tension, abdominal pain, IBS symptoms
- Alternating chills and fever.
- Use with caution with pregnancy.
- Avoid or use with caution with kidney yin deficiency signs are present.
Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan (Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction)
- A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - similar effects but with more spleen qi and blood tonification.
- A range of stress related issues - essentially mixes of stagnation with underlying deficiencies.
- Potential uses with immune / idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and other bruising/bleeding issues with appropriate diagnostic factors.
Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer Pills)
- Derived from the base formula, xiao yao wan, an important formula for liver qi stagnation with herbs added to clear heat.
- Liver qi stagnation - menstrual issues, painful cycles, irregular cycles, breast distention, PMS, acne.
- A range of mild to moderate psychological issues arising from liver qi stagnation such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, insomnia, anger issues, etc.
- Physical symptoms from liver qi stagnation such as headaches, tightness in the chest, cold hands and feet, various eye issues.
Si Jun Zi Tang Wan (Four Gentlemen Teapills)
- General qi tonification formula - weak extremities, lassitude, pale face, poor appetite, loose stools.
- Due to the strenghtening functions can bolster immunity.
- Spleen qi deficiency is the backdrop of many conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, gastritis, IBS, abdominal pain.
- Possibly menstrual issues such as PMS or menorrhagia.
- Chronic hepatitis.
Si Ni San Wan (Frigid Extremities Powder Pills)
- Important formula for liver qi stagnation - manifesting as moodiness, depression, cold in the extremities (particularly hands and/or feet), possibly along with other stress signs - mild headaches, teeth grinding, facial twitching, etc.
- A range of liver "attacking" the spleen digestive issues, hypochondriac, abdominal and/or epigastric pain. Sensation of tension in the chest that worsens with stress.
- All of the above symptoms that come along with menstruation.
- Not for cold extremities from yang or Blood deficiency.
- Use with caution or avoid in very weak patients who cannot sustain the movement that this formula creates.
Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction)
- Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating fever and chills, hypochondriac pain, irritability, bitter taste in mouth, poor appetite, nausea. Often used for illnesses (chronic or short-term) such as the flu, etc. that have "cleared" but not completely. People will describe not feeling quite right or having a range of low level symptoms for months or longer after a particular illness. Instead of fever and chills alternating they may manifest with cold extremities and warm interior or other variations.
- A range of liver related conditions including malaria, jaundice, hepatitis, liver cancer, meniere's disease, general protection from medicines that may harm the liver, etc. among issues with other digestive organs - pancreatitis, stomatitis, gastritis.
- Liver/speen disharmonies resulting in broader issues such as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, menstrual irregularities (PMS, cramping, etc.).
- Other general immune issues such as the common cold, flu, tonsillitis, general seasonal allergies with the right underlying factors.
- Use with caution with yin and/or blood deficiencies.
- Avoid cold, raw, and spicy foods while taking xiao chai hu tang.
Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer)
- Depression, anxiety, loss of motivation - resulting from liver qi stagnation.
- Fatigue, bloating, changes in appetite from the combination of spleen qi deficiency with liver qi stagnation.
- PMS, breast distention, irregular menstruation and in some cases infertility.
- Use with caution during pregnancy.
Yi Guan Jian Wan (Linking Decoction)
- GI issues from yin deficiency (liver and kidney) with liver qi stagnation leading to stomach yin issues - gastritis, ulcers, reflux, bloating.
- The underlying factors lead to dryness of the blood, that coupled with liver qi stagnation and yin deficiency may lead to PMS, inosmnia, etc.
- With the right underlying factors useful for a range of liver conditions - hepatitis, fatty liver.
- Essential hypertension, preeclampsia.
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