Say Goodbye to PMS Symptoms with These Chinese Herbal Remedies
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a common condition that affects many women. Symptoms of PMS can include mood swings, breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue, and headaches. While there are various treatment options available for PMS, Chinese herbal medicine has been used for centuries as a natural remedy.
In this blog, we will explore the benefits of Chinese herbal medicine for PMS and the specific herbs that can help alleviate symptoms. Chinese herbal medicine is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that uses natural herbs to treat various health conditions, including PMS.
According to TCM theory, PMS is caused by an imbalance in the body, specifically the liver and spleen functions. Chinese herbal medicine aims to regulate the flow of nutrients and blood in the body in order to promote balance.
Here are some commonly used Chinese herbs for PMS:
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis): Dong Quai is often called "female ginseng" and is widely used in TCM for women's health issues, including menstrual cramps and irregular periods.
Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus): Chaste tree is a popular herb for treating PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness, mood swings, and bloating.
Dang Gui (Angelica sinensis): Dang Gui is a commonly used herb in TCM to promote blood circulation and regulate menstrual cycles. It is often used in combination with other herbs to relieve PMS symptoms.
Bai Shao (Paeonia lactiflora): Bai Shao is an herb commonly used in TCM to relieve menstrual cramps, ease mood swings and promote relaxation.
Yi Mu Cao (Leonurus heterophyllus): Yi Mu Cao is used in TCM to promote blood circulation and relieve menstrual cramps.
One popular Chinese herbal formula for PMS is Jia Wei Xiao Yao San, or Modified Free Wanderer Powder. This formula contains a combination of herbs, including Chai Hu (Bupleurum root), Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica root), Bai Shao (White Peony root), Bai Zhu (Atractylodes rhizome), Fu Ling (Poria fungus), Gan Cao (Licorice root), Mu Dan Pi (Moutan bark), and Zhi Zi (Gardenia fruit). This formula works by regulating the liver and spleen functions, calming the mind, and promoting blood circulation.
As with any herbal remedy, it is important to consult a licensed acupuncturist TCM before using any herbal remedies to treat PMS to ensure the appropriate herbs and dosages are being used for your specific needs..
In conclusion, Chinese herbal medicine can be a natural and effective way to alleviate PMS symptoms. By regulating the flow of blood and promoting balance in the body, Chinese herbs can help ease mood swings, breast tenderness, bloating, and other symptoms associated with PMS.
Nicole Peterson, LAc, MAcOM is a licensed acupuncturist in Ashland, Oregon. She loves sharing her passion for natural approaches to health through her online blog and at her clinic, Ashland Family Acupuncture. Contact us for an appointment or free consultation. 541-631-9649