These days, more and more people are turning away from traditional medical treatments for their conditions and turning to more natural ways such as acupressure.
PMS and menstrual cramping are no different. While it is true that there are many great medical treatments, it’s best to do things as naturally as possible, right?
Acupressure/reflexology are alternative medical techniques based upon the idea of holistic healing by using pressure applied at specific points.
This pressure can increase the flow of energy through your meridians by clearing the blockages. This technique has been used for centuries and has been extremely effective for treating a variety of different ailments such as joint and muscle pain, indigestion, headaches, and so much more.
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a group of symptoms that are connected with a woman’s menstrual cycle and is not a life-threatening condition.
However, it can still cause a disruption in a woman’s life for a few days every month- some women have more trouble with it than others.
While there are not really any known remedies for this issue, acupressure can help to effectively treat it.
Common PMS Symptoms
This condition is actually a group of symptoms that typically appear about two weeks before a woman’s period starts- but the symptoms are different from one person to the next, therefore it can be difficult to analyze and categorize.
Following are some of the most common physical and psychological symptoms:
- Abdominal cramps
- Muscle/joint pain
- Lower back pain
- Breast pain
- Changes in appetite
- Mood swings
Acupressure Points to Relieve PMS
Following are 9 points on your body that can help to relive your symptoms of PMS. There are points on your abdomen, legs, arms, and back.
Keep in mind that some of these also relieve other symptoms- but several of them should not be used during pregnancy because they can potentially cause complications.
Acupressure Points on Abdomen
You should know that the most important points to relive your symptoms of PMS are on your abdomen. Stimulating these points with soft pressure using your fingers and palms can help to relive the discomfort related to menstruation.
Sea of Energy: this is one of the primary points to treat PMS. It is located 2 finger widths below your belly button.
By stimulating this area, you can regulate your irregular periods, soothe menstrual cramps, treat constipation, and help to clear up vaginal discharge.
In addition, stimulating this area can help to relieve gas, headache, overall weakness, and digestive disorders.
Gate Origin: this one is in line with the sea of energy, but is located four finger widths below your belly button.
By stimulating this point, you can relieve menstrual cramps, regulate irregular periods, treat incontinence, and treat problems with reproduction. You can also treat impotence in men by stimulating this point.
Mansion Cottage: this is a pair of points that is located on your pelvis region, at the center of the crease where your legs join your trunk.
By stimulating these points, you can relieve cramps and discomfort related to menstruation- and treat infertility.
Rushing Door: this point is located in your pelvis area, just below the Mansion Cottage. By stimulating these points, you can relieve bloating, cramps, and abdominal discomfort. These points can also help to treat dysuria and hernia.
Acupressure Points on Back
As mentioned, there are a few points for acupressure that are located on your back. By stimulating these points, you can treat lower back pain as well as cramps and discomfort related to your PMS.
Womb and Vitals: this is a pair of points located just outside your sacrum- or the bony area at the base of your spine between your hips and the base of your buttocks.
By stimulating these points, you can relieve cramps, urinary problems, lower back pain, and pelvic pain. Additionally, these points can help to promote recovery after childbirth, relieving stiffness and hip pain.
Sacral Points: these points are located in your sacrum, at the base of your pelvis. By stimulating these points, you can relax your uterus and relieve menstrual cramps. In addition, it can help to relieve pelvic and lower back pain.
Acupressure Points on Legs
Next, there are some acupressure points on your legs. These can help improve blood flow to the lower areas of your body as well as reduce bloating by pushing out any excess fluids from your body.
Three Yin Crossing: this is located on the inner side of your leg, three finger widths above your ankle, close to your shin.
By stimulating this point, you can relieve bloating, water retention, irregular discharge, abdominal cramps, and genital pain.
In addition, it can treat vertigo, insomnia, sleeping disorders, and dizziness. Keep in mind that stimulating this point is not allowed during the 8th and 9th months of pregnancy.
Grandfather/Grandson: of course, using acupressure to treat PMS must include this pressure point.
It is located on the arch of your foot, thumb width from the ball of your foot. Stimulating this point can relieve abdominal cramps, bloating, digestive disorders and anxiety/stress.
Acupressure Points on Arms
Finally, we come to the essential points of acupressure: the Union Valley point.
Union Valley Point: this is located in the fleshy joint between your thumb and index finger and can help to normalize irregular/delayed periods, treat infertility, and calm uterine muscles.
In addition, this point can help to treat allergies, constipation, abdominal pain, headache, and shoulder pain. You should not use this point during pregnancy.
Of course, you don’t have to use all of these points to gain the benefits of acupressure for PMS. Simply applying pressure on just a few of them for three to five minutes can help.
Now that you know what the important points are to relieve PMS symptoms, you can offer comfort to yourself and loved ones holistically. After all, the more naturally you can treat your conditions, the better.