The Key To A Balanced, PMS-Free Life

To better understand PMS, it is important to look at the whole picture. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in most women occurs monthly every 28-35  days, accompanied with specific signs and symptoms that can appear seven to fourteen days before menstruation begins,  and then disappear after the onset of the menstrual flow.

Often times PMS is due to hormonal fluctuations, other factors such as stress, an improper diet, lack of exercise and sleep, and a sedentary lifestyle can increase the symptoms. Some women who complain of PMS exhibit as many as four to ten symptoms one to two weeks prior to menstruation, their lives—from relationships with family and friends, to work productivity and the ability to appreciate their own bodies—may become diminished.

You may be at increased risk for PMS if you;

Have high Stress levelsNutrition habits are poorIf you take birth control pillsDo not get enough exerciseHad a difficult pregnancyHave a family history of depression

Some Helpful Options For PMS

In treating PMS, Western medicine recommends diet and lifestyle changes along with prescribing medications that alter the levels of progesterone and estrogen (birth control pills), antidepressants that affect mood and emotions. Although prescription medications can sometimes bring immediate relief, they unfortunately do not address the underlying cause of PMS, and they can cause unwanted side effects that may mimic PMS symptoms.  In Chinese medicine, the root cause of PMS is usually an imbalance or blockage of Qi, (pronounced “chee”) or vital energy, and blood within specific organ and meridian systems. When Qi and blood become imbalanced or blocked, symptoms and signs associated with PMS will appear

A Natural Approach To PMS

Acupuncture can address PMS symptoms naturally, without medication, by restoring balance and harmony, both physically and emotionally. In 1997, the National Institute of Health (NIH) issued a  report that suggested acupuncture is effective in the treatment of menstrual cramps, and other symptoms associated with PMS.

An Acupuncturist will  investigate the underlying causes leading to PMS symptoms. After a thorough diagnostic consultation, they treat PMS symptoms according to each individual patient’s imbalances and concerns.

By inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body, an Acupuncturist is able to stimulate and activate the movement of Qi and blood. When Qi and blood begin to travel freely throughout the body, balance and normal function are restored and PMS symptoms are alleviated. Acupuncture restores hormonal balance and provides deep relaxation to help reduce stress, ultimately encouraging and supporting greater health and well-being of both body and mind.

It is important to recommend lifestyle changes such as eating a nourishing, whole foods diet, getting regular exercise and sufficient sleep,  supplementing the diet with vitamins and herbs, and practicing deep relaxation exercises such as meditation and  yoga.

Whether you suffer from PMS symptoms on an occasional or a monthly basis, Acupuncture and Herbs can offer a safe, natural and effective approach to relieving your symptoms.

Feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have about how Acupuncture and Herbs can help you live a PMS free life!

About Geoffrey He

Dr. Geoffrey He graduated in 1998 with Bachelor of Medicine majored acupuncture (Chinese medicine). He then worked as resident in Heilongjiang Province Hospital of China for five years. At the same time he furthered his education and acquired Bachelor of Medicine majored in Clinical Medicine (western medicine).He started his private practice in 2003 in Sydney and then moved to Adelaide in 2006 to pursue his special interest in pain management and fertility studies in combined Chinese medicine and traditional medicine.He has been practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over twenty years treating general conditions with extensive experience in gynaecological disorders and infertility, stress related conditions and facial acupuncture, he is highly experienced in clinical medicine for pain management (Neurological Medicine), gynaecological disorders, fertility assistance (IVF) and cosmetic acupuncture. He is special interest in the area of Post Injury Management and General Practice in Chinese Medicine.Focusing on an intuitive level to suit each individual, Geoffrey's approach is rooted in the strong link between physical, mental and emotional health and the underlying cause of disharmony. Treatment is supported by additional lifestyle advice with an emphasis on empowering patients to achieve a healthy balance in their lives."I was trained in Western Conventional Medicine and Chinese Medicine with over 15 years clinical practicing experience including ten years in Australia, I combine the techniques of Modern Medicine and the art of healing from Chinese Medicine to help people get their natural and healthy life." - Dr Geoffrey x He