Are you one of the majority of women who experience premenstrual symptoms?
Your menstrual cycle is a good indicator of your general state of health. A regular monthly cycle with adequate menstrual flow and without discomfort is the ideal, however, hormonal imbalances, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, a stressful lifestyle and emotional upsets can all adversely affect your menstrual health.
What is Premenstrual Syndrome?
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a consistent pattern of emotional and physical symptoms related to the menstrual cycle. The specific symptoms vary for every woman and occur a week to ten days before the period. These symptoms cease either shortly before or after the start of the period.
What causes PMS?
In Western Medical theory, the causes of PMS are not fully understood. In Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) theory, PMS symptoms mainly develop due to an imbalance in the functioning of the Kidneys, Liver and Spleen.
For example, in TCM:
The Kidneys are the power source of your body and a Kidney imbalance will result in lower back pain and fatigue
The Liver is responsible for the smooth circulation of energy and blood so emotional irritability and cramping can indicate a Liver imbalance
The Spleen plays a major role in digestion so bloating and digestive issues can indicate a Spleen imbalance