Acupuncture Treatment for Premenstrual Symptoms

In the run up to the period, there are a whole variety of signs and symptoms that can occur – mood change, breast tenderness, abdominal bloating, constipation, cramping, headaches, tiredness, to name a few.

Many women consider these signs to be perfectly normal and believe there is nothing that can be done to improve them. This is simply not true. There is no need to have these distressing symptoms.

In Chinese medicine the majority of these signs are seen as stagnation of the flow of qi. At a time when energy should be flowing smoothly it is becoming stuck, giving rise to the above symptoms. If the qi stagnation becomes more severe it transforms into heat giving signs such as increased appetite, raised temperature or becoming emotionally more volatile, literally becoming fiery and hot headed.

The stuckness that occurs is most easily seen when the period arrives. When the blood begins to flow and everything begins to move, these symptoms can disappear almost immediately because free flowing movement has been restored.

By ensuring the smooth flow of qi throughout the cycle, acupuncture and herbal medicine can see a dramatic improvement in premenstrual signs.