Conscious Health & Wellness - Miriam Pineles, L.Ac., Dipl. OM - 347-878-9619

 

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that at least 85 percent of menstruating women have at least 1 PMS symptom as part of their monthly cycle. Most of these women have fairly mild symptoms that don't need treatment. Others (about 3 to 8 percent) have a more severe form of PMS, called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

 

Acupuncture and Herbal medicine can help!

 

A systematic review of studies concluded Acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments for premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder showed a 50% or better reduction of symptoms compared to the initial state. In both acupuncture and herbal medical interventions, there have been no serious adverse events reported, proving the safety of the interventions while most of the interventions provided over 50% relief of symptoms associated with PMS/PMDD.

 

PMS occurs more often in women who:

  • Are between their late 20s and early 40s
  • Have at least 1 child
  • Have a family history of depression
  • Have a past medical history of either postpartum depression or a mood disorder

 

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of PMS. The main symptoms, which can be disabling, include:

  • Feelings of sadness or despair, or even thoughts of suicide
  • Feelings of tension or anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Mood swings or frequent crying
  • Lasting irritability or anger that affects other people
  • Lack of interest in daily activities and relationships
  • Trouble thinking or focusing
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Food cravings or binge eating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling out of control
  • Physical symptoms, such as bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, and joint or muscle pain

You must have 5 or more of these symptoms to be diagnosed with PMDD. Symptoms occur during the week before your period and go away after bleeding starts.

 

 

When working with Premenstrual concerns, Miriam advises her patients to come in 2x/week for 4-6 weeks to effect significant change in a woman's Menstrual cycle and alleviate the associated symptoms.  Patients experience relief in their first 1-2 visits, but often require the full 4-6 or 6-12 visits to create the necessary hormonal balance.  Herbal medicine is often utilized.

 

 

Notes:

Jang, S. H., Kim, D. I., & Choi, M. S. (2014). Effects and treatment methods of acupuncture and herbal medicine for premenstrual syndrome/premenstrual dysphoric disorder: systematic review. BMC Complementary Alternative Medicine. doi:DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-11

 

Premenstrual Syndrome. (2014, December 23). Retrieved February 12, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24410911

 


Licensed Acupuncturist, Board Certified in Chinese Medicine