By listening to the pulse, and taking a thorough history, I can determine your particular imbalance that is the cause of your symptoms. I am listening for the flow of energy, (or Qi), and blood, as well as stagnation in the digestion, and imbalance of yin and yang as a means of identifying your pattern of disharmony. The common symptoms of PMS are due to the stagnation of liver Qi. Severe cramping can be due to blood stagnation, internal cold, or occasionally heat. Deficiency of Blood can cause more problems with sleep, fatigue or dizziness. If there are issues with vaginal discharge or bloating, there may be overgrowth of candida, or chronic bacterial infection (Damp Heat).
When Qi and Blood flow become blocked, blood pools in the uterus, increasing the discomfort of monthly periods. You may experience severe cramping, bloating, fatigue and anger or irritability.