Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

   Home      PMS Premenstrual Syndrome
"Premenstrual syndrome” (PMS) is the cyclic recurrence of a group of symptoms that peak 7 to 10 days before menstruation and disappear a few hours after the onset of the menstrual flow. This condition is characterized by multiple and diverse symptoms including, but not limited to: breast tenderness, transient weight gain, bloating, constipation, insomnia, acne, headache, pelvic pain, irritability, depression, mood swings, poor concentration, confusion, social withdrawal, impulsiveness and appetite changes. While many women experience mild symptoms of short duration, other women have more severe symptoms that last for many days and temporarily disturb their normal functioning.
Within the framework of modern medicine, problems associated with PMS are treated as any other disease.  Its “symptoms” are treated with over-the-counter or prescription drugs or hormones. In Chinese medicine, severe PMS is considered an indicator that an underlying imbalance exists. Treatment is focused on correcting the imbalance, or the source of the problem, not just treating outward “symptoms”.
For most women, PMS arises from a stagnation of Liver energy.  In Chinese medicine, the Liver is an organ system that is responsible for the smooth flow of substances, such as energy or blood, within the body. Imbalances can arise from a variety of factors, including poor diet, too much work physical or emotional trauma, constitutionally weak Qi (energy) or stress. These imbalances ultimately cause a blockage of Qi or blood in one of the body’s organs or energy pathways. When Qi and blood become blocked, they stagnate and are unable to properly nourish the body. This stagnation frequently manifests in women in the form of PMS.
Women do not have to accept and live with premenstrual syndrome. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can correct imbalances and bring long-term relief. Acupuncture removes energy blockages and in turn stabilizes hormonal fluctuations. It also provides deep relaxation that helps to calm the mind. Chinese herbs work together with acupuncture to regulate the flow of energy and substances in the body. They stimulate the body’s natural functions and encourage it to establish optimum balance. When the symptoms of PMS are reduced or eliminated, women feel more energetic -- physically, mentally, emotionally and creatively.
Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA