PMS / Irritability

How to Handle PMS Mood Swings

We’re here to help you find natural ways to gain control over irritability and other PMS symptoms disrupting your life.

Finding Control Through Balance

That feeling of being on an extra short fuse, wanting to cry at the drop of a hat, or feeling increasingly anxious—every month the emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can be a disruption to your life. Over 90% of women experience PMS in some form, but the intensity and the impacts on everyday life can be vastly different from woman to woman. We’re here to help naturally relieve those PMS symptoms that are holding you back, so you can live your healthiest life.

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Our Holistic Approach to Treating PMS Irritability

PMS can have a wide variety of symptoms that can range from irritating to disruptive. No matter the intensity of irritability or other symptoms, we believe no woman should have to plan her life around these changes. We can work with you to naturally alleviate irritability and other mood swings.

Natural PMS Relief

It can feel frustrating to have to deal with PMS symptoms every month. From PMS mood swings and PMS irritability to a long list of physical signs as well, the changes can make you feel like you have no control over your body. We are here to help you regain that sense of control by applying ancient practices for natural PMS relief. After discussing your history and identifying your needs, we’ll recommend a treatment plan that could involve acupuncture treatments, a tailored blend of Chinese herbs, or a mix of both.

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Acupuncture for PMS Irritability

Acupuncture helps stabilize the entire monthly cycle, bringing relief to patients experiencing PMS symptoms, including PMS mood swings,  PMS irritability, fatigue, and physical pain by reducing the severity of those unwanted symptoms. Symptoms are reduced and/or lessened by bringing back balance to the hormones in the body. Acupuncture treatments also go beyond reducing immediate pain and work to address the root causes of the pain, such as stagnation of qi, excess heat, or lack of fluids within the body.

During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the lower abdomen between the pelvis and the belly button, on the lower legs, wrists, and sometimes elsewhere, such as the head or ears. Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to feel results within 8-12 weeks and experience sustained results in 3-6 months.

Herbal Treatment for PMS Mood Swings

Chinese herb formulas are a completely customized medicine that is developed for each individual patient. The formulas are most typically used to promote the movement of qi and blood, providing the body with necessary nutrients and rebalancing hormonal levels which may be contributing to PMS and irritability. The medicine also works to address the root causes of the issue, such as stagnation of qi, excess heat, or lack of fluids within the body.

To maximize the effectiveness of a patient’s treatment, it is recommended that Chinese herbal medicine be combined with acupuncture treatments. Those that take this approach typically experience increased improvement of their symptoms, quicker results, and more sustained results. Patients who are taking Chinese herbal medicine are also more likely to be able to reduce the frequency of acupuncture treatment after 2-3 months.

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I have already had 9 appointments at Transformational Acupuncture and every visit has been great. I have seen every acupuncturist except for one, and they have all been fantastic! Don't let having to walk through the Hair Cuttery deter you. The space is welcoming and quiet (especially if you are in the rooms on the right of where you walk in). Each practitioner sits with you to discuss your concerns before each appointment, and it's a seamless transition if you see different people for your appointments. Booking online makes it super easy to schedule everything and they do a thorough job of explaining your benefits (if your insurance provides coverage).

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As for the treatment itself—it really helps me manage my mood and stress unlike anything else I have tried. After every appointment I feel relaxed and centered.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes PMS Irritability?

PMS irritability and other PMS mood swings can be triggered by hormonal and serotonin fluctuations that occur during this time. However, the causes of PMS are unknown.

How to Reduce Irritability During PMS

There are a number of ways you can naturally reduce PMS irritability. Acupuncture and Chinese herb formulas help to rebalance hormone levels in your body that may be responsible for the irritability. You could also try exercising, changing your diet, adjusting your sleep schedule, and/or finding activities that help with reducing stress.

When Do PMS Mood Swings Start?

PMS symptoms, including PMS mood swings, typically start five to eleven days before a period. The symptoms usually stop at the beginning of the period.

How Long Does PMS Mood Swings Last?

PMS mood swings and other PMS symptoms can last around five to eleven days if symptoms begin at the start of PMS and last until the early days of the period.

Are Mood Swings a sign of Pregnancy or PMS?

It is fairly common for PMS symptoms to be the same for every cycle you have. If you do not usually experience mood swings as a part of PMS, it could be a sign of pregnancy. Acupuncture can help lessen PMS mood swings and prenatal acupuncture can help with mood swings associated with pregnancy.

What Foods Help with PMS Mood Swings?

Maintaining a balanced diet and staying hydrated can have a multitude of benefits for your whole body. Finding ways to eat healthier and drink enough water can especially help those that experience PMS symptoms, including PMS mood swings. Try increasing the number of fruits and vegetables you eat while also reducing your intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Acupuncture and taking Chinese herb formulas are additional ways to naturally help with PMS mood swings.

What To Expect

You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.

At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.

At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Your Patient Journey

At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Learn more about your complete patient journey.

Get Started Today

Begin your holistic health journey by scheduling an appointment today. Schedule online or give us a call at (202) 297-7404.

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