PMS Treatment in Colorado Springs

Premenstrual Syndrome

Each women’s cycle is unique. Some women barely noticed when their period is going to come. For others their periods can be a monthly ordeal with flu symptoms, mood swings, weight gain, painful cramps, and heavy bleeding. The range of unpleasant symptoms that correspond with monthly cycles is called premenstrual syndrome or PMS.

In western medicine, these symptoms are often thought to be a normal part of the menstruation. In Chinese medicine we believe if all organs are communicating and supporting each other PMS will be absent or minimal. PMS is the result of an underlying imbalance or deficiency.

A healthy period according to Chinese medicine is regular – every 28 to 31 days. Menstrual blood should be bright red, not pink, brown or like grape jelly. Flow should be adequate, not flooding clotty, scanty and does not stop and start. Cramping typically has clots associated with it which is a sign of non-free flow of blood, (we call this blood stagnation). We see many polyps these days being diagnosed by the Reproductive Endocrinologist. These are associated with blood stagnation, meaning uterine wall lining is not adequately sloughed each month. This can greatly impede your chance of getting pregnant.

Acupuncture and herbal therapy give excellent results for PMS. Depending on how long and how severe symptoms are we often see changes within the first month.