TCM Herbal Prescriptions for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Herbal Prescriptions

For the Chinese, syndrome-based prescriptions are one of the most popular healing approaches. The prescriptions are usually recommended to be taken in decocting form, which are characterized by quick absorption, favorable therapeutic outcomes and few toxic side effects. The ingredients in the decoctions can be modified, increased or decreased on a daily basis, allowing physicians to tailor treatment to the patient's changing conditions and needs. Flexibility is one of the main reasons why the decoction method is still being used as the clinical mainstay after thousands of years.

1. Mood Swings

Heart-blood Deficiency Therapeutic aim: to replenish the blood and qi (vital energy), soothe the heart and calm the spirit. Basic prescription: Decoction of Nourishing the Heart and Spirit (甘麥大棗湯合養心湯) Radix Glycyrrhizae gan cao Liquorice root Fructus Tritici Levis xiao mai Wheat Fructus Ziziphi Jujubae da zao Common jujube fruit Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae dan shen Red sage root Poria preparated with cinnabar fu shen Poria processed by cinnabar Semen Ziziphi Spinosae suan zao ren Spine date seed Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae dan shen Red sage root Fructus Schisandrae wu wai zi Schisandra Radix Polygalae yuan zhi Chinese senega Medulla junci deng xin cao Common rush