TCM acupuncture for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects millions of women worldwide, causing a range of physical and emotional symptoms in the days leading up to menstruation. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offers a holistic approach to treat PMS by addressing imbalances within the body’s energy systems.

In TCM, PMS is seen as a manifestation of disharmony between the body’s energy, blood, and organ systems, particularly the liver and spleen. According to TCM theory, Qi flows through meridians, or energy channels, in the body. When this flow is obstructed or unbalanced, it can lead to symptoms such as irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, water retention, food cravings and mood swings.

One of the primary goals of TCM treatment for PMS is to regulate the flow of Qi and blood, promoting balance and harmony within the body. This is often achieved through a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and lifestyle adjustments.

Acupuncture as a solution for PMS-related complaints

Acupuncture, a key component of TCM, involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points along the body’s meridians to stimulate Qi flow and promote healing. Dr. Butollo, a TCM expert with long experience in the treatment of all menstrual cycles disharmonies, uses acupuncture targeting points related to the liver, spleen, and reproductive organs, aiming to alleviate PMS symptoms such as abdominal pain, breast tenderness, and emotional disturbances.

Individual treatment plans for PMS

Herbal medicine is another integral aspect of TCM treatment for PMS. Dr. Butollo prescribes combinations of herbs known for their ability to nourish the blood, soothe the liver, and regulate the menstrual cycles. Commonly used herbs include dong quai, bupleurum, peony root, and licorice root, among others. These herbs are typically formulated into customized herbal formulas or teas based on the individual’s specific pattern of disharmony.

In addition to acupuncture and herbal medicine, dietary therapy plays a crucial role in TCM treatment for PMS. Dr. Butollo recommends dietary modifications in order to soothe the PMS symptoms. Emphasis is placed on consuming nourishing foods that support overall health and hormonal balance.

Stress, in particular, is believed to contribute to Qi stagnation and exacerbate PMS symptoms, so Dr. Butollo will recommend and teach some lifestyle adjustments and as stress management techniques and exercise to help reduce the influence of stress on PMS.

Overall, TCM offers a comprehensive approach to treating premenstrual syndrome by addressing the underlying imbalances within the body’s energy systems. By promoting harmony and balance through acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and lifestyle adjustments, TCM aims to alleviate PMS symptoms and support women in achieving optimal health and well-being.