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 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:
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?