Chinese Herbs for PMS Albuquerque NM

PMS is caused by stagnation of qi (energy) and blood in the liver. We treat premenstrual syndrome successfully without outside hormones with Chinese approach. Read on to view more details on dealing with PMS.

Harold Frederick Baskin, MD
(505) 843-6181
1010 Lead Avenue South East South
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, Nm; Memorial Hospital, Albuquerque, Nm

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Sheemain Diamond Asaria, MD
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med, Lubbock Tx 79430
Graduation Year: 2003

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Lee Ann Hammond, MD
2600 Marble Avenue North East,
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1999

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Teresa Caldwell Harper
(505) 764-9535
201 Cedar Se #405
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Robert Alan Gordon
(505) 842-5902
1010 Lead Ave Se
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Mary Lynne Reuss, MD
(518) 346-6400
201 Cedar St SE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1973

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James Patrick Wurzel, MD
201 Cedar St SE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1999

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Maxine Dorin
(505) 272-2245
4th Ambulatory Care Ctr
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Alan Waxman
(505) 272-2245
4th Ambulatory Care Ctr
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Timothy James Hurley, MD
201 Cedar St SE Ste 405
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1986

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Chinese Herbs for PMS

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By Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, lac

Q Are there alternatives to hormone therapy for PMS? I have been using birth control pills, but am curious about more natural methods.

A Progesterone-estrogen therapies can be effective for controlling PMS (premenstrual syndrome), but seldom provide a cure. The Chinese approach is different. We treat premenstrual syndrome successfully without outside hormones.

PMS is caused by stagnation of qi (energy) and blood in the liver. In Chinese energetic physiology, the liver, after cleansing and detoxifying the blood, distributes blood smoothly to the muscles. If there is stagnation, the body becomes tense, leading to irritability. The Chinese refer to this condition as “premenstrual tension,” signifying low-level muscle tension. Because the liver channel courses through the breast and to the head, liver stagnation leads to breast distension and headache, two other symptoms of PMS.

Why does premenstrual syndrome occur? Historically, Chinese medicine recognized that liver stagnation originates with internalized emotional stress or anger. In modern times, we find that it is also due to over-accumulation of chemicals, drugs and hormones in the food chain. This overwhelms the liver’s ability to detoxify. One reason the symptoms occur before menstruation is that a woman’s body heats up naturally between ovulation and menses. Heat aggravates liver stagnation and manifests in the symptoms of PMS: irritability, breast distension and headache.

Chinese herbal treatment or acupuncture is used to move qi and blood stagnation out of the liver and to clear liver heat. Chinese medicine, and particularly acupuncture, can regulate endocrine function, helping to normalize hormone production.

While it is always best to find an experienced practitioner, many women in China self-medicate with one herbal formula that is remarkably successful. It is called Jia Wei Xiao Yao San, which means “added ingredients free and relaxed powder,” and is available from various GMP companies as Free and Easy Wanderer Plus or Bupleurum and Peony Formula. This formula dates back to the 11th century, which attests to its popularity and endurance. It is recommended that you take the pills beginning at ovulation and stop once your period begins. Complete cure is possible within four months, but some women will need to take it monthly. This herbal formula is safe and without side effects.

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