PMS

Acupuncture for PMS

Almost 85% of American women experience premenstrual syndrome in the childbearing years. About 5% of these women are disabled by PMS due to the extremely severe symptoms.[1] PMS is most common in women between 20 years old and 40 years old, but can occur in any woman of childbearing age. Patients with one child and a history of depression are more likely to experience PMS symptoms. Symptoms can get worse as patients age and approach menopause.

PMS refers to a group of symptoms that begin to arise around two weeks before a woman’s period begins, and usually ends one or two days after the blood flow has started. The start of menstruation most commonly brings relief. While the western medical community does not fully understand what causes PMS, a connection between the symptoms and fluctuating levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone has been identified. Some women do experience more severe symptoms than others. No matter what your situation is, we are here to help.

Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years as a means to regulate the female menstrual cycle and to support each woman through this monthly process, helping to naturally stimulate, as well as regulate blood flow and hormone levels. It is a safe, painless and effective way to feel comfortable throughout each month without the use of oral contraceptives or other prescription medications. For those with more severe symptoms who are under a doctor’s care, we are also happy to work with you and your doctor to maximize your relief. Because acupuncture is natural and has no side effects, it can be used with or without western medications. Our primary objective as practitioners is to help you feel balanced and great throughout your monthly cycle.

Relief from your PMS symptoms:

We recommend regular weekly treatments over the course of 3-4 months. This gives the acupuncturist a chance to treat you pre- and post-menses, as well as pre- and post-ovulation. Regular treatments will ensure that your hormone levels stay balanced and steady. While acupuncture is not a quick-fix, it can be an effective and long-lasting solution to your PMS problems and discomfort.

After conducting a thorough evaluation and an initial exam, an acupuncturist will use the information gathered to create a unique treatment plan to address your individual needs and concerns. Once we have identified which organ system or line of energy has become unbalanced, this helps us to find the “root” of your symptoms to treat you more effectively.

We think long-term with our medicine, it’s primary goal being preventative health/longevity — most women will eventually want to conceive a child and have a healthy pregnancy. PMS symptoms can be a red flag as you plan to start your family, so call us today to book an evaluation and get relief from your PMS and prepare your body for a successful conception and healthy pregnancy.

[1] Florida Hospital, www.floridahospital.com/pre-menstrualsyndrome/statistics