Pre-Menstrual Syndrome and Chinese Herbs – Liver Qi Stagnation

As we mentioned in previous article, Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their difference in living style and social structure. Premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women's menstrual cycle, it effects a women's physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss Chinese herbs help to treat liver qi stagnation in PMS.

1. Angelica (Dong quai)
Angelica is a queen herb for women reproductive tonic, it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating all women productive disorder by releasing the qi stagnation including pre menstrual syndrome. Angelica contains phytoestrogen, which helps to restore the hormone imbalance before ovulation and relax the uterus muscles resulting in lessening the hormone imbalance effects and pre menstrual pain and cramps.

2. Milk thistle seed
milk thistle seed has been used in the traditional Western medicine over thousand year for liver tonic. In Chinese medicine, milk thistle helps to restore the qi stagnation caused by environment toxins and other toxins which cause abnormal liver's function. It also helps to regenerate the liver's cell resulting in reducing the symptoms of PMS.

3. White pony ( bai shao)
White pony is said to smooth the liver qi stagnation and a blood purifier. It contains substances which helps to restore hormone imbalance before and after ovulation, thereby reducing symptoms of PMS including emotional and physical stress.

4. Fennel seed ( xiao hu xiang)
Fennel seed besides help to release the stagnation caused by imbalance of yin yang qi in the liver, it also helps to improve the function of abdominal organ resulting in lessoning the symptom of PMS including pre menstrual pain and cramps.

5. Yellow dock root
Yellow dock root is a liver tonic medicine, it helps to detoxify liver by removing any harmful substances accumulated in the liver including liver congestion resulting in improving liver function in regulating the production of hormones before and after ovulation.

There are many more Chinese herbs which help to restore or improve the qi stagnation such as xian fu, fo ti, marsh marrow root etc, please visit your Chinese herbalist for more information.

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