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Dr. Marr Newsletter Feb 24, 2012

PMS... You do not need to suffer!

Many women say they almost feel like two different people during the course of a month. The first two weeks they feel like vibrant, friendly, and organized, while during the ten to fourteen days that follow they get emotional and weepy, or angry and edgy, or tired and upset.

Symptoms of PMS include irritability, sudden mood swings, depression, or anxiety that improves or resolves shortly after the menstrual cycle begins. Additional symptoms include insomnia, change in appetite or cravings, difficulty with concentration, feeling out of control, physical symptoms like breast tenderness, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating.

PMS is the result of changing estrogen and progesterone levels that occur during the menstrual cycle. The changing moods of PMS are the result of brain activity and hormonal imbalance. Since each woman has her own unique brain, so each woman reacts differently to hormonal changes.

Food changes
To naturally balance your hormonal levels start by increasing fiber in your diet. It can be 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetable (not potato or corn). Bran cereal, beans, oatmeal can be a good choices too. Eating more fiber is an effective way to reduce bloating and stabilize constipation or diarrhea. Avoid unhealthy carbs like rice, white bread, canned fruit, soft drinks, doughnuts, cheesecake, whole milk, and sport drinks. Satisfy your cravings but do it carefully. If you feel like chocolate, use dark chocolate. Cut back on alcohol during low mood periods. Increase water intake and decrease salty products.

Exercise and mind-body activities
Practice yoga, Pilates or other similar relaxation techniques. This will reduce stress. Aromatherapy - oil, candles, and herbal tea. Use fragrances like lavender or vanilla. Massage and bubble bath with calming music can give you relaxation. Do not skip your exercise. Aerobic activities, jogging or just a brisk walking will increase serotonin production and result in overall mood improvements.

Natural medicine
Researches show that increasing Calcium intake can help to reduce physical symptoms of PMS by as much as 50 percents.
Taking Vitamin B supplements can result in increased energy, balancing hormones and maintaining a healthy nervous system.
Primrose oil may reduce breast tenderness.

Acupuncture and Chiropractic in reducing PMS symptoms
Lower back nerves help regulate the uterus and ovaries to function properly. If these nerves become trapped between bones of vertebra and become pinched this may interfere with the function of the uterus and ovaries and then may cause PMS. Chiropractic adjustments release pinched nerves in the low back which gives relieve to PMS related symptoms. Numerous studies show that Acupuncture may help regulate hormone imbalances and reduce symptoms of PMS. It does this by balancing meridian channels that run between your external body and internal organs. Acupuncture treatments may also reduce anxiety, headaches, and relax tight muscles.

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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment method that assists the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This procedure is done by inserting very thin needles at precise acupuncture points. Heat and Electrical stimulation may also be applied over the needles to increase the effects of the acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can also be done without needles  using the heat and electrical methods.
How does Acupuncture work?

According to the ancient Chinese theory, channels of energy called meridians run in regular patterns throughout the entire body. Meridians flow like rivers through the body to nourish the tissues. However, a disturbance in the flow of this energy can back up in part of the body like a dam and restrict it from moving. The acupuncture treatment restores the proper movement of this energy and allows healing of the corrupted tissue.

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