Serving the greater Orange County, CA area for over 30 years


Integrative Medical Center

Family Medicine, Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Doctors located in Irvine, CA and serving the greater Orange County, CA area

Mood swings, cramps, and fatigue are just some of the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). If you’re looking for a way to alleviate PMS naturally, visit Integrative Medical Center in Irvine, California. Dr. Jing Fang Li and Dr. Po Chen combine decades of experience in both Western and Eastern medicine, offering women solutions through nutrition, acupuncture, hormone balancing and more. To get started, book an appointment online or call the office.


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What causes PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a condition that affects about 75% of women at some point in their lives. PMS symptoms happen mostly due to hormonal changes that occur during the menstrual cycle.

Chemical changes in the brain, particularly fluctuations in serotonin, can contribute to PMS. Other factors like depression, anxiety, diet, and stress levels may also play a role.

You may be more likely to have PMS if you have a family or personal history of depression.

What are the symptoms of PMS?

Each woman experiences the symptoms of PMS differently. Some of the physical signs are:

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Fluid retention
  • Breast tenderness
  • Acne
  • Gastrointestinal distress

Some of the mental and emotional symptoms of PMS are:

  • Anxiety or increased sensitivity to stress
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lack of concentration

You might experience some of these symptoms, all of them, or a combination of them. PMS tends to vary, depending on your stress levels, your diet, how much sleep you’re getting, and other related lifestyle factors.

What are holistic treatment options for PMS?

At Integrative Medical Center, Dr. Li and Dr. Chen use a comprehensive approach to treat any health condition. With an emphasis on holistic alternatives for PMS, your treatment may include a wide variety of both Eastern and Western medical modalities, including:

  • Dietary recommendations
  • Herbal medicine
  • Supplements
  • Acupuncture
  • Pain management techniques
  • Detoxification

By seeing your mental, emotional, and physical health as one big picture, your physician can tailor a treatment plan to meet your individual needs. There is no one-size-fits-all approach for PMS treatment.

How long can it take to see results from PMS treatment?

Often, small changes in your lifestyle or diet are enough to resolve the symptoms of PMS. To find relief, you may need to adopt new habits that support better hormone balance, lowered stress levels, and proper nutrient absorption.

With personalized, holistic treatment for PMS, it’s possible to find balance during your menstrual cycles and eliminate painful and debilitating symptoms.

To learn more, contact Integrative Medical Center today for a personalized consultation with Dr. Li or Dr. Chen. Call to schedule or click to book online.


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