PMS is the most common gynaecological problem among women; over 150 symptoms are associated with it. Some women only have mild symptoms, while some others suffer greatly. The symptoms vary from woman to woman, and each woman’s symptoms may vary from month to month. Diagnosis is usually symptom based, so an accurate medical history is very important during consultation; blood and urine studies or additional tests are used to rule out other possible health conditions before a diagnosis of PMS is generally made.
Common symptoms include:
Breast swelling and tenderness
Abdominal bloating, discomfort, constipation or diarrhoea
Headaches, especially migraines
Backache and cramps
Swelling of the feet, ankles and hands
Joint and muscle pain
Reduced tolerance to alcohol
Flare-ups of acne
Food cravings especially for sweets and salt
Feelings of tension or anxiety
Insomnia or increased sleepiness
Forgetfulness or mental confusion
Aggressive or violent behavior
What is unique about TCM treatments is that variations in each woman’s condition are acknowledged. Physicians diagnose conditions according to a complex set of signs and symptoms exhibited by each individual and formulate individualised remedies to rebalance the body. Instead of giving a particular drug for one or two intractable problems, drugs are tailor-made for specific conditions and exert multiple effects, eg. fighting pathogens, regulating the organs or promoting the balance between organs so as to increase the body’s overall defence ability.
TCM treatments, therefore, address problems in a holistic manner and are able to reach the root of the problem. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) has been shown to be successfully treated using acupuncture and Chinese herbs in numerous double-blind controlled studies. Bodies researching TCM approaches to PMS include the National Institute of Health in the USA.
Herbal medicine at least for one month + Acupuncture weekly.