Pre-Menstrual Syndrome

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS, PMT) & SHEN, a Non-Medicinal Treatment

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) or: Menstrual Cramps, Premenstrual Tension (PMT) Pre-menstrual Distress (PMD, Pre-Menstrual Distress Syndrome (PMDS), Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD,) is strongly associated with the emotions but this does NOT mean that it is a symptom of an overly emotional person or that the sufferer is able to control it; it is not just ‘acting out,’ it is a real, treatable, disorder. Twenty-five years of SHEN has shown that the roots of many cases of PMS lie in deeply hidden emotional trauma, held deep inside the region of the uterus and ovaries, possibly since childhood, where it festers well below the conscious level; it is not under conscious control. The body, however, remembers it, and its contractile effects disrupt the functioning of the glands in the lower abdominal region of emotion.

SHEN theory operates on the principle that residue of emotional trauma from earlier in life is held deep inside the body where it influences the way we live our lives, and disrupts normal bodily functioning. When an event occurs that is similar to the originating event, it can aggravate the hidden emotions and cause them to flare up, worsening our behavior and exacerbating our physical problems. The painful emotional trauma is trapped in the body by the Auto-Contractile Pain Reflex (ACPR) where it constricts the cells of the ovaries and uterus and constrains their functioning.

The tension caused by ACPR affects the functioning of glands and organs mainly when the organs and glands are the most active. Therefore, disruption is greater when the glandular output increases during the menstrual cycle. Activating the organs and glands activates the long-standing emotional pain that is trapped inside and the emotions rise to the surface to disrupt daily life.

SHEN practice is a science-based form of biofield therapeutics that adheres to the physics of the biofield as deduced by Richard R. Pavek. When doing SHEN, we place our hands on your body in a series of precise, polarized locations that are indicated by the particular emotional condition you present and conform to biofield physics. This correctly focuses the qi (ch’i) from our hands so as to release the ACPR contractions trapping the painful emotions. In this way, SHEN safely lifts old, painful emotions to the surface where they disperse and leave. SHEN is extremely effective with PMS.

In a pilot study of SHEN and PMS, thirteen sufferers who met the statistical criteria for Premenstrual Syndrome, including that the PMS was severe enough that the symptoms affected their lives, making it difficult to drive, to work, and to relate with others in a non-combative way, were given single SHEN sessions at the height of symptoms during two successive cycles. Eleven of the thirteen experienced the emergence of latent shame, fear, anguish, and anger during the sessions. Some of these recalled emotionally troubling or debilitating early life events for the first time, in the form of total abreactions. These eleven showed marked symptom relief and significant behavioral change, changes which were of lasting duration. It is not necessary to perform SHEN during the peak of symptoms but SHEN usually works faster when we do.

From: Assumptive Models and Research in Biofield Therapeutics. Proceedings of the Conference: Examining Research Assumptions in Alternative Medicine, July 1994, Bethesda, Maryland

How can you tell if you have PMS?

There are no symptoms that are exclusively associated with PMS – every PMS symptom can occur in other situations and there is no test that can distinguish between those who have PMS and those who do not. However, the symptoms of PMS disappear completely when menstruation stops and they do not recur until ovulation two weeks before the next period.

The principle emotional symptoms of PMS are:
crying spells, confusion, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, lack of energy, difficulty thinking or forgetfulness, feeling irritable or sensitive, lack of interest in activities, feeling over-whelmed or out of control, nervous tension, severe mood swings, sleep disturbance, sweating, palpitations and trembling.

Emotional symptoms may include:

apathy; panic attacks; general fear; phobias, especially agoraphobia; feelings of detachment; suspiciousness; aversion to being in company; and even a suicidal tendency.

The main physical signs include:

abdominal bloating and crampy pain, acne, joint or muscle pain, breast tenderness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, food cravings, fluid retention, swelling and weight gain.

Physical symptoms may include:

backache; swelling of the hips and lower back; irritation or burning of the vagina; vaginal discharge; aversion to sexual intercourse; painful intercourse; burning pain in the bladder; increased flatulence; alternate constipation and diarrhea; cutting pains in the legs; and hot feet.

Aches and pains

As fluid collects within tissues, it exerts pressure on nerve endings. Pain resulting from increased muscle tension may be due to premenstrual effects on the muscle fibers themselves or it may be the result of mental tension. In addition to spasmodic, cramping pains experienced by many women, period pains may take the form of a dull, persistent pain felt in the pelvic region or genital area. This is caused by the congestion of blood vessels. Finally, pain may be felt directly as a result of accidents caused by clumsiness.

No matter what the symptoms, SHEN can usually help you greatly. Contact a practitioner for more information about how effective SHEN may be for you.

Additional information on PMS

Some women have underlying psychological problems such as depression or anxiety that become more noticeable in the premenstrual phase. In these women, not all their symptoms disappear after the period. Treatment of PMS by prescription drugs or herbals, may only partially overcome the problems they have at other times of their cycle, but SHEN is effective with their other, non-PMS, so-called “psychological” conditions as well.

PMS is defined in the medical texts as distressing physical and psychological symptoms, not caused by organic disease, which regularly recur during the same phase of each menstrual cycle, and which significantly regress or disappear during the remainder of the cycle. The symptoms occur in the two weeks leading up to the next period known as the luteal phase of the cycle. The severity may range from light to a degree of debility that for some time each month a woman may fail to function at home, at work or both. There is some evidence that suicide and criminal offences by women occur more frequently premenstrually.

Copyright Richard Pavek, SHEN Therapy Institute