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Finding Relief from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
through Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) affects millions of women worldwide, causing a range of physical and emotional symptoms in the days leading up to menstruation. While PMS is a common occurrence, its impact on daily life can be significant. Fortunately, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offer a holistic approach to alleviate PMS symptoms and restore balance to the body. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of acupuncture and TCM in managing PMS, providing you with natural relief options.

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PMS refers to a collection of physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms experienced by many women in the menstrual cycle’s luteal phase. These symptoms can include bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, headaches, and food cravings. While the exact cause of PMS is not fully understood, hormonal imbalances, neurotransmitter fluctuations, and individual sensitivities are believed to play a role.

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Acupuncture, a key component of TCM, involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points along the body’s energy pathways, known as meridians. This ancient healing practice aims to restore balance and promote the body’s natural healing abilities. When it comes to PMS, acupuncture offers several benefits:

1. Hormonal Balance: Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters, helping regulate hormonal fluctuations responsible for PMS symptoms. By restoring hormonal balance, acupuncture can alleviate mood swings, irritability, and emotional distress.

2. Pain Relief: Acupuncture has been shown to reduce pain and discomfort associated with PMS, such as abdominal cramping, breast tenderness, and headaches. The precise placement of needles activates the body’s pain-relieving mechanisms, promoting relaxation and reducing inflammation.

3. Stress Reduction: PMS symptoms can be exacerbated by stress. Acupuncture helps activate the body’s relaxation response, reducing stress levels and promoting a sense of calm. By addressing stress, acupuncture can indirectly alleviate various PMS symptoms.

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In conjunction with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine can enhance the effectiveness of PMS treatment. TCM practitioners prescribe specific herbal formulas tailored to each patient’s unique symptoms and constitution. These herbal remedies work synergistically with acupuncture to address the underlying imbalances causing PMS symptoms. Chinese herbs such as Dong Quai, Chaste Tree Berry, and Dang Gui have long been used to alleviate menstrual irregularities, reduce pain, and balance hormonal fluctuations.

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In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, making certain lifestyle modifications can support PMS relief. Here are some suggestions:

1. Balanced Diet: Incorporate nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your diet. Minimize the consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods, as they can exacerbate PMS symptoms.

2. Regular Exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity can reduce stress, improve mood, and alleviate PMS symptoms. Consider incorporating activities such as yoga, walking, or swimming into your routine.

3. Stress Management: Explore stress-reducing practices like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy. Managing stress levels can positively impact PMS symptoms.


Living with PMS doesn’t have to be a monthly struggle. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a holistic approach to address the root causes of PMS symptoms, providing natural relief and promoting overall well-being. By restoring hormonal balance, reducing pain, and supporting emotional health, these ancient healing practices empower women to find relief and embrace their menstrual cycles with greater ease and harmony.

If you’re seeking natural alternatives to medications and birth control, call or text us today at (626)377-9596 or email us at We’d be happy to answer any additional questions you may have and assist you on your health journey to PMS-free cycles. 

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