Pre-Menstrual Syndrome and Chinese Herbs – General View

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 what exhibits stress to cause PMS.

Chinese medicine has been used over 4000 thousand years in treating women productive system disorder with proven success. Chinese herbalists believe Pre menstrual syndrome is caused by

1. Blood stagnation
Blood stagnation in the abdominal region including uterus causes menstrual pain and cramps before the period. By releasing the blood stagnation, it helps to remove the blood in the abdomen resulting in lessening the symptoms of PMS.

2. Liver qi stagnation
Liver qi is important in carbohydrate synthesis and fat and protein metabolism. Liver qi stagnation causes abnormal function in regulating the production of estrogen and other hormones produced by glands resulting in inability of liver in controlling menstrual blood leading to blood stagnation in the productive system leading to Premenstrual syndrome including irritability, breast tenderness and menstrual pain and cramps before period.

3. Kidney deficiency
Chinese herbalists believe PMS is also caused by:

a) Deficiency of yang qi
Deficiency of yang in the kidney leading to over production of bad estrogen and kidney abnormal function in regulating urinary secretion resulting in back pain, water retention, tiredness and fatigue.

b) Deficiency of yin
Yin qi deficiency normally happens to women in peri menopause. It may happens to women with PMS with symptoms of night sweats and other symptoms of menopause as resulting of low levels of estrogen being produced before period.

4. Spleen qi stagnation
Sleen is an organ whose functions is in the destruction of redundant red blood cells and production of blood. Spleen qi stagnation causes abnormal function in regulating the red blood cells in blood stream leading to blood stagnation just before period resulting in PMS. Symptoms of spleen qi stagnation include weight gain or lost, eating disorder or lost of appetite.

Since PMS is treatable and manageable by natural remedies and a self help course, if you have PMS, please look on the bright side.

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