Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help PMS,
headache, irregular menstrual cycles.
P. G I had painful menstrual
periods since 8 th grade....
have a 17 yr old daughter that has had painful menstrual periods
since 8 th grade. After years of taking over the counter pain
relievers and antihistamines, we decided to try a more natural
alternative to see if we could control her pain at the source. We
saw Dr. Wu on a Monday morning. She started her period that same day
in the afternoon and after about 10 minutes of severe cramping there
was no more pain. We returned for a follow-up visit on Wednesday and
her cramping has remained minimal with no more clots or heavy
bleeding. She will continue to take the herbs prepared by Dr. Wu and
we are confident that her menstrual problems will continue to be
B. C. I have started my
menstruation at age 14, I have always had cramping.
Since I have started my menstruation at age 14, I have always
had cramping. The cramping has become increasingly worse as I get
older, and vary in the levels of pain - from medium to severe. The
one thing I could rely on in life was that I was going to have
cramping during my period. In the past, my remedy has included
Ibuprofen, heating pad and sometimes bed rest. I came to Dr. Wu for
anovulation and miscarriage treatment twice a week. As the end of my
first menstrual cycle drew near, I realized that I had not
experienced any of the PMS cramping I always
experience. The real testimony was during my menstrual cycle; I also
did not experience any cramping at all. I did not take one Ibuprofen
and did not use one heating pad. I am a believer in this
treatment. Thank you Dr. Wu!
From A.H. suffering from
severe swelling in my extremities…
I am a 29-year-old teacher and have been suffering from severe
swelling in my extremities. Ankles, feet, fingers, wrists, for more
than five years, at one point the swelling became so bad that none
of my shoes in my closet fit and walking became a struggle. I seeked
help from six different medical doctors in El Paso and Houston but
no diagnosis was ever given. I was finally told by the last doctor
(in Houston) that the swelling was just how my body was aging and to
just accept it. There were many times were I felt as if I was going
crazy and that perhaps I was just making the swelling up.
I definitely did not like that diagnosis so I seeked advise from my
long time acupuncturist in El Paso. He advised me to seek an
acupuncturist in Houston, and this lead me to Jo-Mei Chiang, I would
always pass by her clinic on my way to Barnes and Noble. I have to
honestly say that she has been a true godsend. I began treatment in
late July 2004 and now I can say that the swelling is about 90%
gone. She has also shed the light on other health and emotional
issues that I have been dealing with for a very long time; I am
learning how they have a direct correlation to the swelling. Mrs.
Chiang is teaching me how everything is connected and how ones
health does not stand-alone. I am very grateful to meeting Jo-Mei
and to her caring bedside manner. She has given me much hope.
PMS, Premenstrual syndrome,
refers to the female physical and emotional change about one to two
weeks before the menstrual period. Symptoms disappears after the
menstruation starts. Some severe conditions could really affect the
quality of life. The incidence is about 30% to 40% of women, and the
severe cases are about 5% to 10%.
The symptoms include anxiety,
irritability, edema, migraine headaches, diarrhea, swelling, aches
all over, swelling and painful breasts.
Western medicine named all the above symptoms
occurring before menstruation as PMS, Premenstrual syndrome. Chinese
medicine named it by different symptoms, such as headache before or
during menstruation, dizziness before or during menstruation,
emotional change before or during menstruation, body pain before or
during menstruation, edema before or during menstruation, breast
swelling and pain before or during menstruation, etc, about 20
different names for the premenstrual symptoms are presented in the
book of Gynecology Ye Tian Si in Chin dynasty.
PMS in Chinese Medicine
is closely related with the circulation and functional changes of
Ren and Chung meridians. Blood in Chinese medicine is very important
cause and issue in female disease. For all of the menstruation,
pregnancy, lactation processes are depleting blood and cause Qi
stagnation. Before and during the menstruation, the blood yin
accumulate at the uterus and the whole body's blood is relatively
insufficient, plus some genetic factors, it is very easy to cause
the dysfunction of Qi and blood in the whole body.
Diagnosis of PMS:
1. Commonly happens between 25-45 years old
females, symptoms always occur before or during the menstruation,
and relieved after menstruation.
2. The main clinical symptoms include anxiety,
depression, extreme emotional changes, irritability, insomnia,
migraine, headache, low grade fever, edema, ache or pain all over
the body, chest pain, swelling and tender feeling of breast,
diarrhea, mouth ulcer, dizziness, etc.
3. The basic body temperature usually shows bi
directionally and no abnormality found during physical examination.
The breasts have nodules with tenderness, estrin level has
increased, pregnendione is low, and the ratio between estrin and
progestogen usually increased. In some cases lactin could be
elevated, but very seldom.
Etiology and Pathogenesis of PMS:
The following are the commonly seen clinical
causes in the Chinese medicine:
1. Liver depression and Qi stagnation:
emotional depression causes liver blood depletion. Lacking of
nourishment from blood, liver Qi stagnates.
Main symptoms: pain and
tenderness in the breasts, hypochondriac pressure, depression,
irritability, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, no appetite, swelling
on the extremities, dizziness, headache, vomiting. Menstruation is
not smooth, menstruation amount is heavy or light, dark color with
clots. Tongue color is dark with thin white coating. Taut pulse.
Treatment methods: Soothing
the liver to smooth the Qi stagnation and release the pain.
Chinese Herb treatment: Xiao
Yao San. Chai Hu Su Gan San.
2. Liver and kidney yin deficiency:
genetically liver and kidney is deficient, before and
during the menstruation, the blood flow in the liver and kidney
became more deficient. Result in the liver yang overacting, and the
deficient fire is generated.
Main symptoms: headache,
dizziness, pain and tenderness of the breasts, tinnitis, ache all
over and knee, some tidal fever, feverish sensation in the chest
area, dry mouth and throat.
Red tongue, pulse is thin and rapid.
Treatment methods: Replenish
liver and kidney, cool the blood.
Chinese Herb treatment: Zhi Bo
De Huang Tang, Go Jiu De Huang Wan.
3. Spleen and Kidney deficiency:
constitutionally spleen and kidney deficient cause the kidney yang
insufficient and spleen function declined. Result in the retention
of dampness and fluid in the body.
Main symptoms: swelling in the
face and extremities, fullness of stomach, aversion to cold,
weakness and aches in the loins and knees. Loose stool or diarrhea,
pale tongue, pulse is weak and deep.
Treatment methods: warming the
kidney, replenishing kidney yang and strengthening the spleen to
eliminate the dampness.
Chinese herb treatment: Ji
shen shen Qi Wan, Jian Gu Tang, shen lin bai su san.
4. Qi and blood deficiency:
constitutionally deficient on Qi and blood. Before and during the
menstruation, deficiency is worse form loosing more blood from
menstruation. Lacking of the nourishment of blood and Qi, the whole
body‚€™s meridians are weak, the defensive Qi flowing on the skin
also got weak. It results in aches and pain all over the body, and
rash occurs on the skin from pathogenic factor invasion.
Main symptoms: dizziness,
palpitations, cold sweats, memory loss. Easy to catch cold or
developing rash during menstruation, insomnia, menstruation amount
is light. Tongue color is light, pulse is weak and thin.
Treatment methods: Strengthen
spleen and nourish the heart. Promoting the Qi and constitution.
Chinese Herb treatment: Quei
Pi Tang, Ba Zan Tang. Dan Quei Bu Xiu Tang.
5. Blood Stasis: before or
during the menstruation period, or after birth delivery, due to the
loss of blood, patients feel cold all over. The circulation became
impair, and the Qi flows also weaker, the blood stasis occurs. The
stasis in the organs and meridians causes the pain, blockage, and
emotional obstruction. Results in the achy and pain all over the
body, migraine or headache or dizziness.
Main symptoms: severe low
abdomen pain, joint pain, headache, migraine, achy all over, muscle
pain. Scanty menstruation accompanied with clots. Tongue color is
dark with red spots, pulse is deep.
Treatment methods: Increase
circulation, dissolve the blood stasis, and promote the Qi flows to
stop the pain.
Chinese herb treatment: Zhen
Tian Wan, Xiu Fu Zhu Yu Tang.
Acupuncture points for PMS:
Bai Huai, tou wei, Tai yang, Her gu, zhu san li,
San yin jiao, Tai xi, Tai chung, Tong tian, Quan yuan, Qi hai, Pi yu,
Gan yu, Shen men, etc.
Ear Acupuncture points for PMS:
Gan, Xin pi, Shen, Ovary, Shen men, etc.
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