(Calm) Premenstrual syndrome or (PMS) has a wide variety of 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.
In Chinese medicine the liver is the controller of the emotion anger, the liver is also responsible for assisting in moving the energy and blood throughout the body. Just before a woman’s cycle this process can get backed up causing an excess in the liver energy, which tends to cause the symptoms of pms. This backup can also lead to another common pattern. When the liver energy is in excess it tends to overact on the spleen and stomach causing digestive upset. The treatment protocol is to spread the Liver qi, harmonize the middle jiao, and nourish the blood.
In addition to regular exercise Chinese herbs can be very helpful in this situation when looking for a formula to nourish the liver blood clear heat, and harmonize the middle jiao, look for one containing one or more of the following herbs:
Bai Zhu – To help strengthen the Spleen and the Stomach and prevent the overacting of the Liver which can result in digestive issues.
Fu Ling – Which Promotes urination and expels dampness, to relieve water retention.
Bai Shao – Which helps to soften and move the Liver, as well as nourish the blood.
- Spreads Liver qi, relieves stagnation
- Bai Shao(Radix Paeoniae Alba)
- Bai Zhu(Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae)
- Bo He (Herba Menthae)
- Chai Hu(Radix Bupleuri)
- Dang Gui(Radix Angelicae Sinensis)
- Fu Ling(Poria)
- Mu Dan Pi(Cortex Moutan)
- Sheng Jiang(Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens)
- Zhi Gan Cao(Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae Praeparata cum Melle)
- Zhi Zi(Fructus Gardeniae)
- 3-4 capsules 3 times a day for an average adult (18-60 years of age, approximately 150 lbs). This standard dosage may be increased or decreased depending on the patient’s individual factors, such as age, body weight, type of illness and severity.
- Serve with warm water on an empty stomach, 2-3 hours apart from your prescription medication or other supplements. Do not take with tea, coffee, juice, soda or any other beverages.