Premenstrual Syndrome is the most common disorder a woman experiences during her reproductive years. Symptoms include bloating or weight gain, breast tenderness, anxiety, irritability, food cravings or changes in appetite, poor concentration, sleep disturbance, or depression.
From a Western Medicine perspective, PMS is understood as an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone levels. However, from a Traditional Korean Medicine perspective, the most important factor is emotional strain such as, anger, frustration, and resentment. This leads to the stagnation of Liver Qi, which is the main cause of PMS.
Western Medicine Diagnosis
Vitamin B6 deficiency
Elevation of Prolactin levels
Excessive levels of aldosterone
Traditional Korean Medicine Diagnosis
Liver Qi stagnation
Phlegm heat harasses the heart
Liver blood deficiency
Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency
Spleen and Kidney Yang deficiency
Sometimes women have irregularities in their menstrual cycle or experience menstrual problems. They may not get their periods, get periods too frequently, or experience unpredictable menstrual bleeding.
Our practitioners first consider whether a woman may be pregnant, then ask about the pattern of bleeding and the duration of menstruation. Our main principle for treatment is to regulate the periods, which involves regulating the Yin, Yang, Qi and blood.
Irregularities of Cycle
Flooding and trickling
Irregularities in the Amount of Bleeding
Bleeding between periods
Treating PMS and Menstrual Irregularities
Most premenstrual syndromes are caused by disruptions in the blood circulation of the body. In Traditional Eastern Medicine, PMS is caused by stagnation of the blood while menstrual cramps are caused by blood deficiency. So our PMS treatments focus on invigorating blood circulation and eliminating blood stagnation from the body.
Our Uterine Care Therapy does this by focusing on intestinal yoga and heat therapy, to increase blood flow to the uterine organ. Acupuncture and herbal medication are prescribed to tonify the blood energy of the body and provides immediate relief. Our blood tonic also addresses related symptoms such as, menstrual depression or PMS hot flashes.