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Acupuncture for pre-menstrual syndrome

On this page

  1. Overview
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatment
  5. Facesheet

1. Overview

Pre-menstrual syndrome occurs before a woman's menstrual cycle begins. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is also known as premenstrual tension and is so common amongst women that they are considered normal. However, in Chinese medicine premenstrual syndrome is not considered to be normal and points to an underlying problem with the menstrual cycle.

2. Symptoms

Pre-menstrual syptoms include pain, irritability, night sweats, disturbed sleep, anxiety, dizziness, headaches and muscle tension. A lot of woman use either hot water bottles or painkillers to cope with pre-menstrual symtpoms. Some women even have to have time off work because their symtpoms are so bad.

3. Causes

The cause of premenstrual syndrome in Chinese medicine is often liver qi stagnation. This is caused by emotional tension such as frustration or stress.

4. Treatment for pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)

Acupuncture is very good at reducing pre-menstrual symtpoms. Acupuncture reduces symptoms of PMS by regulating energy and blood flow.

In chronic cases of pre-mensrtual symptoms, where women are in very bad pain and need to take time off work, Chinese herbs are better able to treat the problem than acupuncture alone.

5. Factsheet

Download my pre-menstrual syndrome factsheet.


Pang Y. 2018. Altered Brain Regional Homogeneity Following Electro-Acupuncture Stimulation at Sanyinjiao (SP6) in Women With Premenstrual Syndrome. Front Hum Neurosci. 12:104. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00104. eCollection 2018.
A. Anil1, T. Peker1, T. G÷ktas, S. Kilic, D. Erbas. Importance of acupuncture on premenstrual syndrome. CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY. 2012, ISSN: 0390-6663.