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PMS

PMS

PMS is a condition that occurs after ovulation or before menstruation , due to hormonal fluctuations. It may be characterized by abdominal cramps, bloating, backache, headache, tension, irritability, low energy, and mood swings. A healthy woman should have little or no discomfort during this time; however, approximately 70% of American women suffer from these symptoms. This is partially due to the large consumption of cold foods and drinks that can cause the blood to stagnate. In Chinese terminology, PMS is a condition of disharmony in the blood: either stagnant blood, not enough blood, or heat in the blood; and stagnation of Chi. Acupuncture, acupressure, herbs, diet, and Chi gong exercises are all very beneficial for relieving the symptoms and correcting the disharmony.

Avoid: cold foods, raw foods, excessive consumption of fruit, vinegar, all shellfish, coffee, stimulants, sugar, dairy products, and smoking At least one week prior to the usual onset of PMS symptoms, consume some of the following:

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