Foods That Relieve Menstrual Problems

foods-that-relieve-menstrual-problemsAccording 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 premenstrual syndrome 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:

Fruits:

Cherry

Grapefruit

Lemon

Lime

Peach

Plum

Strawberry

Vegetables:

Alfalfa

Asparagus

Beet

Broccoli

Brussel Sprout

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Dandelion Green

Mustard Green

Onion

Romaine Lettuce

Taro

Turnip

Watercress

Grains/Nuts:

Amaranth

Chestnut

Pine nut

Quinoa

Rye

Sprouted Barley

Sweet Rice

Spices:

Basil

Bay Leaf

Cardamom

Citrus Peel

Cumin

Dill

Fennel

Ginger

Horseradish

Marjoram

Mint

Pepper

Rosemary

Turmeric

Others:

Seaweed

Vinegar

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?




Jing Jin, Chief Harmony Officer
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