Japanese Acupuncture for PMT


I hope all is well in your world, this video post is an excerpt from a workshop that I presented on the Gold Coast earlier this year.

The patient is an acupuncture student suffering from increasingly difficult PMT and lethargy in the week prior to the onset of menstruation.

My diagnosis of Spleen deficiency was based on a number of factors, including of course, overwhelming lethargy, swollen tongue with teeth marks, abdominal diagnosis that indicated liver deficiency was not dominant at this time and finally her pulse, which clearly indicated spleen deficiency with some degree of liver excess.

Since Rebecca’s period was due, I deduced the liver excess apparent through her pulse was not pathological, but rather a naturally occurring phenomena related more to her cycle than a specific liver disharmony.

As a Root treatment for her Spleen deficiency I tonified Pe7 and Sp3 to compensate for her fundamental disharmony and shunted GB34 to smooth the liver function and encourage the pain free onset of menstruation.

Back Shu points included BL 13-18-20-23 combined with BL58 on the lower leg.

I also performed some light tonification (touch needling) on the Triple Warmer meridian of the lower leg (Ikeda sensei has stipulated that such meridian exists running from BL 39 to BL58 in between the bladder and Gall bladder meridians).

I am pleased to say that the treatment outcome verified my diagnosis.

Rebecca felt immediate relief upon the administration of a Root treatment, her demeanour changed almost instantly and her mental fogginess lifted in a very perceptible manner.

The capacity of acupuncture to stimulate a spontaneous and in most cases perceivable response utilising such gentle stimulation continues to motivate me to let more people know that this skill-based, consumer friendly style of acupuncture treatment can be incredibly powerful when practised with awareness and sensitivity.

All the best,


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About Alan

Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. As a staunch advocate of practically based workshops, Alan draws upon his 35 years clinical experience and 23 years post and undergraduate teaching. Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 70 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, Europe, and USA.

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