Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) And Massage

As we mentioned in previous article, 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. Premenstrual syndrome 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 massage helps to treat PMS.

I. Definition

Massage is one of the oldest form of medical treatment involving stroke, pressing and kneading in the difference area in our body. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in relieving pain in special area by stimulating blood circulation.

II. How massage helps to treat PMS

1. Improving blood circulation

By massage the area in the abdominal region, it helps to release the qi and blood stagnation in the region resulting in lessening symptoms of PMS including menstrual pain and cramps.

2. Improving liver function

Liver qi stagnation causes abnormal function of liver in regulating the levels of estrogen in the body before ovulation resulting in increasing the risk of hormone imbalance for women with PMS. Massage helps to release the qi stagnation leading to strong liver in fat and protein metabolism and lessening the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

3. Lymphatic function

Lymphatic function helps to remove fluid from our body tissue. Massage helps to improve the lymphatic function resulting in lessening the risk of water and fluid retention in the body’s tissues.

4. Toxin elimination

Massage helps to improve the body function in toxins elimination by releasing the qi and blood stagnation in the liver, stimulating the lymphatic and kidney function in removing fluid from the body resulting in lessening the symptoms of PMS including water retention and hormone imbalance.

5. Nervous tension

Massage helps our body and muscles to relax. For women with premenstrual syndrome, relaxing helps to relieve tension of the nervous tension resulting in reducing the risk of anxiety, emotional and physical stress, depression and fatigue.