Friday, 12 December 2014

Premenstrual Syndrome(PMS) caused by Kidney deficiency in Chinese Herbs Perspective

 By Kyle J. Norton 
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Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their difference in living style and social structure. It is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women's menstrual cycle, it effects a women's physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts.

Chinese herbalists believe that PMS is also caused by
a) Deficiency of yang qi in the kidney showed to presence with over production of bad estrogen(5) and induce kidney abnormal function in regulating fluid circulation(8), causing symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, fear(2), fatigue, lightheadedness, and headache(1)

b) Deficiency of yin normally happens to women in peri menopause and may also induce symptoms of menopause to women with PMS such as hair dry, restlessness, excitability, hard stool(3), painful back and knees, dry vagina, dysphoria with feverish sensation in the chest, palms and soles, etc.(4), due to low levels of estrogen produced before period(5),

1. Rehmannia glutinosa (Shu Di Huang)

Rehmannia glutinosa has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating kidney disorder(6)(7) to restore the balance of yin and yang qi of the kidney for treatment of symptoms of water retention(8), weight gain(9) in kidney yin deficiency women with pre menstrual syndrome, probably through raising levels of estrogen(9).

2. Morinda root(Ba Ji Tian)
Morinda root has been used in traditional medicine for treatment kidney yang deficiency to improve menstrual difficulties(12) through hormone bablancing(13), reduce antispasmodic effects and fluid retention(11) and induce blood flow(10) for lessening the symptoms of cramp and pain(11) and blood stagnation some women with PMS.

3. Cuscuta (Tu Si Zi)
Cuscuta, a kidney tonic medicine(14), showed to restore the balance the yin and yang qi of the kidney for treatment of  water retention(14) and cramp and pain(15) in women with PMS, induce sex desire through raising the levels of testosterone in women with  yang kidney qi deficiency(16) and reduce nervous tension(17), probably through reduction of NO-mediated formation

4. Cinnamon Bark (Rou Gui)
Cinnamon bark, a qi tonic herb(very hot in nature), has been used in traditional Chinese medicine release the qi stagnation of our body including liver and kidney, for treatment of cramp and pain(18), nervous tension and eating disorder(19), probably through regulation of 5-Hydroxy tryptamine (5-HT; Serotonin) is an important neurotransmitter.

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