According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), much of the premenstrual syndrome and menstrual problems we experience are caused by the stagnation of liver qi (energy). When there’s a free flow of qi, we are healthy and happy; and when there’s stagnation of qi, we experience pain.
Pain can manifest itself physically, emotionally or mentally, with a host of symptoms like fatigue, irregular periods, painful periods, breast tenderness, depression, moodiness, irritability, anger, frustration, mood swings, poor judgment and mental rigidity.
If you experience PMS or menstrual problems, I encourage you to examine your diet, because what we eat has an important effect on our menstrual, physical, mental and emotional health.
Here’s a list of foods that relieve liver qi stagnation based on the Chinese Medicine nutritional guidelines:
I hope you’ve spotted a few of your favorites on the list above. Keep them on your weekly grocery list.
My favorites include broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, sweet rice and turmeric. I recently added dandelion greens and seaweed to my staples, which I really love. I’m gonna to check out pine nut, cardamom and cumin next.
What are your favorites? What are you adding to your list?