ACM Health Care

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

The list of potential signs and symptoms for premenstrual syndrome is long, but most women only experience a few of these problems.

Emotional and behavioral symptoms

Tension or anxiety
Depressed mood
Crying spells
Mood swings and irritability or anger
Appetite changes and food cravings
Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
Social withdrawal
Poor concentration

Physical signs and symptoms

Joint or muscle pain
Weight gain related to fluid retention
Abdominal bloating
Breast tenderness
Acne flare-ups
Constipation or diarrhea

Weight Management 

What is the cause of weight gain ? 

According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are several major reasons for people becoming over weight. No matter what the reason, it eventually results in an accumulation of water and phlegm (e.g. the fat tissue) in the body. Toxins and inflammation can lead to fluid retention, weight gain, rapid aging, and reduced fertility. So by eliminating the major sources of toxins and inflammation in your life, we can help you lose weight and get your life back.​

The risk factors 

  • Medication 
  • Stress and craving
  • Depression and Anxiety


Acupuncture treatments increase blood circulation, promote sleep, balance hormones, reduce cortisol levels, and de-stress your body (toning down your fight-or-flight response). Recent studies have shown that acupuncture has a unique ability to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased the ghrelin in the body, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreases leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism.


The Diet is a whole foods, low glycemic, and anti-inflammatory diet. Research suggests that the fertility diet is similar to the best diet for attaining and maintaining your ideal weight. 


The most common explanation for PMS, from a Western point of view, is that it's an imbalance between your two main reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and/or a disruption in the feedback system that regulates your reproductive hormones. Researchers feel that that some women’s brain are more sensitive to these hormones and that PMS symptoms occur because your brain overreacts to progesterone and estrogen causing changes in the brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

Estrogen and progesterone can alter:

  • Serotonin: these changes may cause depression and carbohydrate cravings.
  • GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid): this neurotransmitter is important for feeling calm.
  • Endorphins: the good hormones that influence the experience of pain and pleasure.
  • Norepinephrine: influences mood and plays a role in blood pressure and heart rate.

Women's Health

What is PMS ?

What Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. It's estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating women have experienced some form of premenstrual syndrome.

Symptoms tend to recur in a predictable pattern. But the physical and emotional changes you experience with premenstrual syndrome may vary from just slightly noticeable all the way to intense.

Still, you don't have to let these problems control your life. Treatments and lifestyle adjustments can help you reduce or manage the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Women's Health

  • PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
    Weight management Menopause