Pre-menstrual Syndrome and Chinese Herbs – Cinnamon Bark (Rou Gui)

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. In this article, we will discuss how Chinese herbs cinnamon bark (rou gui) effects women with PMS.

I. Definition

Cinnamon is a small evergreen tree belonging to the family and is native to Sri Lanka. It has been used in traditional medicine in treating loss of appetite and other kidney related diseases.

II. How Chinese herbs Cinnamon bark (rou gui) effects women with PMS.

In Chinese medicine cinnamon is used to treat deficient kidney yang & qi and alleviate pain due to blood/qi.

1. Antispasmodic

Cinnamon is a strong anti spasmodic medicine, it helps to calm the over active muscles din the body due to blood and qi stagnation ( over production in certain hormone in the prostaglandins hormone )in the abdominal region resulting in lessening the risk of abdominal pain and cramps for some women with PMS.

2. Antioxidant

It is also bes known for treating infection of the body including the reproductive organ and inflammation caused by physical impact, irregular cell growth and protecting liver damage.

3. Anthelmintic

Besides helps to prevent diarrhea, it also help to improve the digestive system function by expel parasite worms from the body, by either stunning or killing them.

4. Antiflatulent

It also contains chemical agent which is used for the alleviation or prevention of excessive intestinal gas resulting in lessening the risk of bloating for some women with PMS.

5. Kidney

Cinnamon bark also helps to increase kidney function in urinary secretion, thereby reducing the risk of water retention and weight gain.