Caused by hormonal changes and imbalances throughout the cycle, pmt can cause a whole range of emotions. Varying from short-temperedness, irritability, anger and hot headedness to depression, weepiness and tearfulness, it can cover a whole range of negative emotions. It is often volatile in it’s nature, flicking between emotions. For many women it last for a day or two, for many others it can last for two weeks!
Chinese medicine draws no distinction between physical signs and emotional ones. Both are seen as stagnation of qi and as such premenstrual mood change is treated very similarly to breast tenderness, bloating or constipation. They all reflect stagnant energy. This is why when the period arrives and the blood begins to flow, the energy all begins to move and the premenstrual symptoms can suddenly disappear. This can mean the arrival of the period comes as quite a relief.
By aiding the smooth flow of qi throughout the menstrual cycle, many patients can see a great reduction in all of their premenstrual symptoms. Both acupuncture and herbal medicine can be of great benefit in this case. For further description of how Chinese medicine views the menstrual cycle, please click here.
Both acupuncture and herbal medicine can be of great benefit for reducing premenstrual tension.