For comics, certain topics provide a wealth of material. Google jokes about PMS, and you will find no shortage of material, like, You know you have PMS when:
- You’re adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
- The dryer has shrunk every single pair of your jeans.
- You’re dialing up every bumper sticker with a “How’s my driving?” phone number.
- You’re crying in the drugstore because they’re out of orange Tic-Tacs.
- The Ibuprofen bottle is empty again.
But if you suffer from Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, a condition caused by fluctuating hormones, PMS is no laughing matter! As a result of these hormonal changes, PMS symptoms can include acne, cramps headaches, lower abdominal distention, and water retention. These symptoms can be intensified by other lifestyle factors, such as poor diet, lack of sleep, and stress. They can trigger fatigue, night sweats, and food cravings. Some scientists even believe that women may crave chocolate during their menstrual cycle as a way of compensating for lost minerals and nutrients. For some women, PMS symptoms are even more severe, resulting in monthly bouts with nausea and even vomiting.
Rather than treating PMS symptoms with Western medicines, like antidepressants, birth control pills, or even Ibuprofen, acupuncture gives you the opportunity to pursue a treatment plan without risky side effects. Acupuncture involves the placement of fine, sterile needles at certain points in the body associated with the flow of Qi or energy. Qi is the focus of acupuncture therapies. Restoring the flow of Qi will help alleviate the underlying hormonal imbalances that cause PMS symptoms.
If a client is seeking help for PMS, I might also advise making lifestyle changes in concert with acupuncture. Changing a client’s diet to emphasize whole foods, along with regular exercise and sleep, can also be an important factor in reducing these symptoms. When clients come to our Wilmington, NC office, I work with them to create an individualized treatment plan to suit their needs, diet, and other factors. With regular acupuncture treatments, you can say goodbye to painful PMS symptoms!