Menstrual pain, PMS and cycle regulation


Many women suffer from pre-menstrual symptoms, but 2-10% of women are affected severely disrupting their daily lives’.  

Symptoms, both physical and mental, include: depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, poor concentration, fatigue, increased appetite and cravings, poor sleep, poor coordination, headaches, aches, swelling/bloating/weight gain, cramps, and breast tenderness.

Acupuncture may help to reduce PMS symptoms by:

  • increasing relaxation and reducing tension (Samuels 2008). Acupuncture can alter the brain’s mood chemistry by reducing serotonin levels (Zhou 2008)
  • helping to combat negative mood states – by increasing endorphins (Han, 2004) and neuropeptide Y levels (Lee 2009)
  • helping reduce pain – by increasing levels of serotonin and noradrenaline (Wang 2005), and stimulating nerves to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors (Pomeranz 1987, Zhao 2008)
  • regulating the hormones in the menstrual cycle - Acupuncture promotes the release of chemicals in the brain (beta-endorphin), which regulates the hormones in the menstrual cycle including oestrogen and progesterone. (Anderson 2007).

For more information or to book acupuncture treatments with me, Nicola Allen, call 0630108455 or email

This information has been adapted from the British Acupuncture Council’s acupuncture research fact sheets.  You can find more information here.