PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME  (PMS)

PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME  (PMS)

What is it?

It is characterised by many physical, emotional and behavioural changes and symptoms. It affects around 80% of women during the last week of the menstrual cycle. The main reason for PMS and its symptoms is an imbalance or fluctuation in hormonal levels.  The symptoms reset approximately 7 days before menses appear and recede shortly after menstrual flow begins.

According to western medicine PMS symptoms are triggered by elevated levels of oestrogen.

Some of the physical symptoms of PMS are:
•  Increased appetite
• Cravings for certain kind of foods especially sweet or salty treats
•  Bloating and weight gain
•  Fatigue, tiredness and lack of energy
•  Cramps in the abdomen
•   Headaches
•   Swelling and tenderness in breasts
•   Muscle and joint ache
•   Lower back pain
•  Low libido
•  Constipation or diarrhoea
•  Tendency to easily catch cold
•  Palpitations
•  Clumsiness
•   Acne

Emotional symptoms:
•  Poor concentration
•  Sad or depressed mood
•   Anger, irritability or aggression
•    Anxiety
•    Frequent mood swings
•     Decreased alertness
•     Withdrawal from family and friends
•     Weeping

Elevated stress may affect conception as it blocks blood flow to reproductive organs and causes imbalance in hormone production. This results in irregular menstrual cycle, lack of ovulation, and high FSH levels. Poor ovarian production, and decreased egg quality are other major problems.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Can Help
Experts have found evidence that Chinese medicine in combination with acupuncture reduces these severe and elevated PMS symptoms:

•       Regular sessions alter your brain’s mood chemistry which works to reduce serotonin levels and also increases endorphins and neuropeptide Y levels
•       Acupuncture and Chinese medicine also stimulate the nerves located in muscles, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors
•       It also changes the processing of pain in your brain and spinal cord
•       Reduces inflammation as it promotes release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors in the body together with all this, your acupuncturist can even recommend nutritional changes and lifestyle counselling.

For long-term remedy, chinese natural treatment need to preferably be received in combination with acupuncture continuously for a long period. As with all natural medicines, this treatment should more or less take over the duration of three menstrual cycles.

Acupuncture works to free the flow of energy in your body and stabilizes hormonal fluctuations.
It additionally facilitates calm your thoughts by means of uprooting the cause of stress. This mitigate PMS symptoms and increased emotional harmony.
Suppressed feelings disrupt the natural flow of Qi and create imbalances, Liver Qi stagnation, emotional anxiety and/or depression.

Chinese herbs enhance the natural functioning of the hormones and additionally alleviate negative emotions. Herbs like vitex, black cohosh, bupleurum, and white peony are used in Chinese herbal medicine treatments to stabilise your hormones and treat Qi stagnation.

There are four phases in the menstrual cycle:
After period, before ovulation, after ovulation and before period, during every phase we treat accordingly with acupuncture, the best time to start the treatment for balancing the hormones and heal your reproductive system is at the beginning of the cycle, which is last day of your period or first week from the beginning of your period.  I also show you how you can continue treatment at home with moxa, self massage and specific exercises and we look at your diet.

Please let me know if you find this article useful, Thanks
Uby Munoz Lic. Ac.

To book an appointment with Uby 
Please send me a message at:
uby@bcnwellwoman.com
or my telephone/WhatsAp:
622 720 499

An Evening of Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage w/ Angela Sealy

Join us for an evening of Restorative yoga with Thai massage and live music. Restorative yoga invites opening and deep relaxation of the nervous system so the body can heal from within.

During this time of slowing down, you will also be comforted by the use of props such as blankets and bolsters, sacred mantra, aromatherapy and best of all, therapeutic Thai massage. All postures or asanas will be done either seated or lying down accompanied by some breathing techniques and a short meditation to end the class.

This class is perfect during the colder months since we are all in need of slowing down to keep our bodies and minds healthy & happy.

Please come renew, restore and feel rejuvenated. You will leave feeling luminous!

When: 19:30-21:00 (followed by complimentary tea if you can stay)

Dates: 4th Monday of every month

  • Feb 23rd
  • March 23rd
  • April 27th

Where: Barcelona Well Woman Clinic, C/ Casp, 80 1o-3a (corner of C/ Bailen)

RSVP: Please RSVP in advance to angela@lilayogamassage.com if you are know you are joining since space is limited.

Cost: 15€ or 40€ for all 3 events (cash only)

 

Autumn

Autumn

The Chinese were great students of nature, which means more than just the cycling of the seasons.  Nature is within us and around us, in all things. 

Each of the five phases or seasons of ancient Chinese philosophy carries associations with specific things: directions, colors, sounds, organs in the body, fundamental elements such as fire, metal, wood, earth and water.

The season of Autumn is associated with the element Metal in Chinese Medicine, with the color white, the sound of weeping, the emotions of both courage and sadness, the lung organ. It is also connected in Chinese thought with the direction west, which is considered to be the direction of dreams and visions. 

This movement of Metal and Autumn is naturally associated with the emotion grief, and the physical function of elimination.  This time lends itself to letting go of the extra commitments we pack in during the summer, and condensing our socializing to the essence of our inner circle, beginning to conserve our essential energies for the coming winter.

Sadness is part of the autumn season, it is not an emotion to be avoided.  Instead, sadness is simply part of nature.

To celebrate the autumn equinox as the Chinese philosophers did, you might:

Stand facing west, consider the direction of Autumn in Chinese philosophy.  Just stand for a few moments and honor the humidity of autumn.  Consider your dreams and visions, and the path on which you are moving forward through your life.

         

 Light candles against the growing darkness of the season.  Or place white flowers on your  table. White is the color of autumn.  Allow yourself to weep for things you have lost as this is the sound of this season.

 

Find the courage to face what is ahead.

This understanding to nature´s cycle seems fanciful, but once you begin to consider the five elements or phases of Chinese philosophy, you see them cycling in and around everything. 

You can recognize these phases in the course of relationships, over a workday, in the progress of a play or novel, in the process of aging, while eating a meal, in the growth of a garden, in a scientific or political or business, while playing a game.  All things sprout, bloom, reach completeness, become brittle and die, then rest.  Then the cycle begins anew.

Once you learn these basic facts of nature, the dry and brittle phase of autumn, when things are dying – or periods of loss in your life as a whole – become easier to bear.

 

 

BABY BLUES CAFÉ September 26th

 

Baby Blues Barcelona presents:

BABY BLUES CAFÉ

 

 

 

 

For all mothers who are not enjoying the postpartum as they had expected

Come and meet other english-speaking mothers to share experiences. Babies are welcome. Suggested donation: 5 Euros.

SEPTEMBER 26th from 11.00-12.30

At the Well Woman Clinic Calle Casp 80, 1o, 1-3 Barcelona

For more information you can look at www.thebabyblues.org

or call Anna at 657183542 

 

 

psychological support during pregnancy and after delivery

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Summer from the point of view of Chinese Medicine

 In Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, Summer belongs to the element Fire, the season of sunshine, long days and Yang energy.  Heart, Pericardium and Small Intestine are the organs belonging to this element.  It is the more Yang energy of the all the seasons of the year, which means the season of moving outward in nature and in our lives as the mind and the spirit are ruled by the Fire element.

The heart is the seat of the mind and its main function is to pump oxigen-rich blood through the body.  Consciousness, joy, emotional well-being, joy, warmth and memory are attributes of the heart and fire element.  

When the fire element is balanced, the heart circulates the oxygenated blood and insures proper assimilation of the beginning of the breakdown of food in the small intestine. 

Emotionally if imbalanced, we may lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (maniac condition).  Exhaustion, heartburn, nervousness and insomnia are indicators of imbalances in this element.

 

Late Summer

The Five Elements Acupuncture include Late Summer, which is the time of harvest, of nurturing and preparation for autumn and winter.  It is the time of transformation between the seasons.  The days are starting to get shorter and we find ourselves a bit more serious than in summer.  Whether you are preparing for school or for a new business venture or simply going back to work after the holidays. 

Physically and spiritually, this period of late summer is a time for slowing down and gathering in. It is a time when we recognize and hold the fruits of our labor.

The Earth element is active at this time and the organs belonging to this element are Spleen and Stomach.  Someone with balanced earth energy is a well-grounded, nurturing, compassionate person, good mediators or peacemakers and reliable friends.

When the earth energy is imbalance they can be worriers, prone to pensiveness. They are vulnerable to digestive problems and diarrhea. They may gain weight easily and lose it with difficulty. Their bodies have a tendency to make excessive mucus, and they may suffer from cloudy thinking, muzzy-headedness, lack of clarity and need for sympathy.

The earth color is yellow, like the sun, and the ripened crops, and the root vegetables. Meditation is said to strengthen the earth element.

 

Foods to add for this season:

Organic lightly cooked vegetables, corn, celery, watercress, turnip, pumpkin, alfalfa sprouts, button mushrooms, radish, caper, brown rice, barley, amaranth, rye, oats,  legumes, kidney beans, adzuki beans, lentils, small amount of lean organic meat, poultry and fish, tuna, small amount of whole fruits, lemon, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, seaweed, kelgreen tea, jasmine tea, raspberry leaf tea

 

By Uby Muñoz

    Summer from the point of view of Chinese Medicine

     

    The element Fire

    In Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, Summer belongs to the element Fire, the season of sunshine, long days and Yang energy.  Heart, Pericardium and Small Intestine are the organs belonging to this element.  It is the more Yang energy of the all the seasons of the year, which means the season of moving outward in nature and in our lives as the mind and the spirit are ruled by the Fire element.

    The heart is the seat of the mind and its main function is to pump oxigen-rich blood through the body.  Consciousness, joy, emotional well-being, joy, warmth and memory are attributes of the heart and fire element.  

    When the fire element is balanced, the heart circulates the oxygenated blood and insures proper assimilation of the beginning of the breakdown of food in the small intestine. 

    Emotionally if imbalanced, we may lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (maniac condition).  Exhaustion, heartburn, nervousness and insomnia are indicators of imbalances in this element.

     

    Late Summer

    The Five Elements Acupuncture include Late Summer, which is the time of harvest, of nurturing and preparation for autumn and winter.  It is the time of transformation between the seasons.  The days are starting to get shorter and we find ourselves a bit more serious than in summer.  Whether you are preparing for school or for a new business venture or simply going back to work after the holidays. 

    Physically and spiritually, this period of late summer is a time for slowing down and gathering in. It is a time when we recognize and hold the fruits of our labor.

    The Earth element is active at this time and the organs belonging to this element are Spleen and Stomach.  Someone with balanced earth energy is a well-grounded, nurturing, compassionate person, good mediators or peacemakers and reliable friends.

    When the earth energy is imbalance they can be worriers, prone to pensiveness. They are vulnerable to digestive problems and diarrhea. They may gain weight easily and lose it with difficulty. Their bodies have a tendency to make excessive mucus, and they may suffer from cloudy thinking, muzzy-headedness, lack of clarity and need for sympathy.

    The earth color is yellow, like the sun, and the ripened crops, and the root vegetables. Meditation is said to strengthen the earth element. .

    Foods to add for this season: organic lightly cooked vegetables, corn, celery, watercress, turnip, pumpkin, alfalfa sprouts, button mushrooms, radish, caper brown rice, barley, amaranth, rye, oats  legumes, kidney beans, adzuki beans, lentils small amount of lean organic meat, poultry and fish, tuna small amount of whole fruits, lemon sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds seaweed, kelp green tea, jasmine tea, raspberry leaf tea  

    By Uby Muñoz

    Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Classes

    Hatha Vinyasa Yoga classesHatha Vinyasa Yoga with Renata, Canadian Yoga and Pilates instructor and Thai Yoga massage therapist, certified in Canada since 15 years.

    Yoga Course: Introduction and the deepening of the practice of Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, a dynamic and creative style, precise and fluid at the same time. We also include more than just the physical part of yoga, we incorporate pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and philosophy. Yoga is a powerful tool we can use to live a happier and more peaceful life.

    Wednesdays 19.45h to 21h, Barcelona Well Woman Clinic

    Small classes where we will cover specific material each month to help us understand and deepen our yoga practice.

    September 2012 – Module 1: Foundations. To be able to cultivate and grow a healing yoga practice, we need to understand what it is that we are doing from the ground, up. If the base is not there, the structure does not last.

    Also: Pre and Post Natal Yoga: Thursdays 11h a 12h

    More details and to sign up: Telf. 622 359 547, cinnamonyoga@gmail com. www.cinnamonyoga.com 

    New Class: Exercises to Increase Fertility

     With Uby Muñoz

    Classes include a mix of techniques borrowed from different cultures, such as Qi Gong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kundalini, acupression, auto-massage, pelvic floor exercises, etc. to increase fertility.

    Practicing these techniques regularly will increase your fertility, and if you are undergoing reproductive treatment, the exercises work with that to give you more success in conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy.

    These exercises are for all women, of all ages, to strengthen them and balance their hormones.

    With these exercises, you will have more energy, increase your libido, improve your ovarian reserve, feel young, improve blood circulation to the uterus, and get to know your internal strength. Not only will your health improve, but also your mental clarity and many aspects of your life.

    The classes meet twice a week: Tuesday at 10h and Thursday at 18.30h

    Cost: 12 € per class. The first class is free!

    Space is limited, register now.

    Belly to baby and beyond – Antenatal course for a happier, healthy and holistic approach to birth

    Chinese Medicine’s View of Winter

    According to Five Elements Acupuncture Winter corresponds to the water element. its color is dark blue, time is night, the related organs are kidneys and bladder, the sense organ is ears and the emotion is fear.

    Winter is a time of rest, conservation of energy and hibernation in nature.  Unfortunately, in our fast-paced society those are luxuries many of us cannot afford.  That is why it is so important to follow the tenants of Chinese medicine for keeping our bodies strong and healthy during the coldest month of the year.

    Chinese medicine dictates that we should live in accordance with the season.  This implies eating properly, having regularly scheduled meals and allowing the body and spirit proper rest.

    Winter should be a time of quiet reflection. 

    The frigid and harsh winter tells us to "slow down".  The winter diet should consist of warm and nourishing foods. All our bodily functions, including our digestive systems function a reduced level during the winter to conserve energy.  Eating food that are easy to digest, such as steamed vegetables, soups and adding spices such as black pepper and ginger are winter appropriate choices.

    It is time to take preventive measures against sickness this time of year, such as receiving weekly acupuncture treatments and taking supplements to strengthen the immune system.

     

    Key words for the Water Element are fluidity and flow. 

    Any imbalance of your body/mind linked to fluid, such as dryness or thirst, excess or lack of perspiration, urination difficulties, feelings of being overwhelmed or tearful, lymphatic congestion, swelling and bloating, lack of sexual secretions, etc., demonstrate that the kidneys are not functioning as they should.  The kidneys nourish the brain and influence short term memory in everyday life.  When there is a decline in kidney energy as we grow older, the brain does not receive sufficient nourishment.  This can lead to memory loss.  Learning difficulties also manifest when kidney energy is low.  If marrow production is impaired in any way then it can lead to blood deficiency, blurred vision, hearing difficulties and tinnitus.  The lower back area is considered by TCM to be the "Palace of the Kidneys" and so a lack of energy may lead to low back pain and pains in the legs.

    The bladder is part of the Water Element so the blood and lymphatics also play a significant role as they are all systems that move fluid around the body.  Urinary function, perspiration, saliva and tears are all influenced by the Water Element.

    Dietary tips – Recommended foods for the Water Element:

    Kidney beans and peas, rice, millet, barley, onions, turnips, radish, pumpkin, beetroot, mushrooms, horseradish, dates, pork and sea vegetables.