• Liyan Lu

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of signs and symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. It's estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.

Symptoms tend to recur in a predictable pattern. But the physical and emotional changes you experience with premenstrual syndrome may vary from just slightly noticeable all the way to intense.

Still, you don't have to let these problems control your life. Treatments and lifestyle adjustments can help you reduce or manage the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

(Source: Mayo Clinic)

Healthyping’s Suggestions:

Healthy diet and lifestyle

Grazing or Snacking, eat like cattle to reduce bloating, fullness and keep healthy weight.

Limit salt and salty foods to alleviate bloating and fluid retention.

Healthyping’s drinks (See red drink, green drink, and protein drink) provide sufficient energy, protein, micronutrients and fibers.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol to lower mood swings.

Regular daily exercise can help improve the overall health, fatigue and depression. Engage in at least 30 minutes of daily walking, 5 days a week.

Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga and Yogalates are recommended to help relieve headaches, anxiety and insomnia.

Getting plenty of sleep is good for general health, stabilized mood and mental clarity.

Eat food as medicines

Watermelon is a natural diuretic to reduce water retention. In particular, the white part of watermelon diuretic swelling without increasing blood sugar. It also is high in fiber helping elimination.

Papaya and pineapple contain digestive enzymes that help digest proteins and fibers to reduce bloating. The enzymes also decrease inflammation to relieve body aching.

Supplements and herbs

Supplements: calcium, magnesium, multivitamins A-Z, vitamin E and vitamin B-6 have all been reported to soothe symptoms.

Maca is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, copper, zinc, calcium, and iron. It contains all eight essential amino acids and plenty of phytonutrients.

Maca rebalances hormone, enhances energy, boosts mood, improves libido and helps overall health. (Source:

Chinese herbs help mood swing, stress, anxiety and sleep, such as TianWangBuXinWa天王补心丸,AnShenBuXiWan安神补心丸,JiaWeiXiaoYaoWan加味逍遥丸, LiuWeiDiHuangWan六味地黄丸. Try one of them to aid manage PMS.

Ping’s meridian massage relaxes muscles, comforts body, reduces stress and relieves anxiety.

Acupuncture cleans energy traffic jams, makes blood flow freely, rebalances hormones and improve PMS symptoms.

Cupping increases circulation and reduces stress.

Most of our patients can manage the PMS symptoms with the above complementary and alternative therapies.

For more information please call Dr. Lu at Ping’s Acupuncture / Bamboo Acupuncture.

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