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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

What is premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of emotional and physical symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. PMS
symptoms occur one to two weeks before a menstrual period starts. The most common symptoms are depression, mood
swings, anxiety, loss of concentration, fatigue, food cravings, trouble sleeping, headaches, breast tenderness, water
retention, acne flare-ups, constipation or diarrhea and more. The symptoms vary from woman to woman and from cycle
to cycle. For some women, the symptoms may be mild or moderate, and for others they are severe enough to affect their
daily routines and activities. For most women, PMS symptoms disappear as soon as the menstrual period begins.

What are the causes of PMS?
Hormone changes play an important role in PMS. Chemical changes in the brain, depression, stress and improper eating
habits can aggravate PMS.

How does TCM treat PMS?
In the Chinese medical perspective, the Liver Qi and Kidney Qi are the main factors that affects menstrual periods.
Therefore, we need to soothe the Liver and strengthen the Kidney to ensure that they are in good working condition. By
doing so, your hormone levels and other chemicals in your body will be in balance as well. Chinese herbal remedies help
to harmonize the Kidney and Liver systems in order to balance the hormones naturally. It also soothes your mind to allow
you to better deal with anxiety, depression, and to improve your sleep.

How long do I need to take the TCM treatments to see results?
If you start taking the treatments at the end of one period, most people will see results in the next period cycle, though it
may take 2 to 3 months to see more changes.