By Bob Flaws
Trade paperback book
PMS is a very real condition. It is neither a new disease nor a figment of a woman’s imagination. Chinese medicine has been treating all aspects of PMS for more than 2,000 years. In this book, you will learn the Chinese theory of the cause of this condition. You will also learn a host of safe, simple, low or no cost home therapies to prevent and heal this uncomfortable and frustrating condition, including: Chinese dietary therapy, exercise, deep relaxation, acupuncture, Chinese self-massage, magnet therapy, aroma therapy, Chinese herbs, (and) how to find a professional practitioner of Chinese medicine.
This book is part of Blue Poppy Press’s very popular series, “Curing Naturally with Chinese Medicine.” Like all the other books in this series, this book was written specifically for the lay reader. In particular, this book discusses premenstrual syndrome or PMS. The author begins by presenting an overview of the Chinese medical map. Chinese medicine is a separate and distinct system from modern Western medicine, and first the reader needs to understand some of its basic concepts and premises. Next the author discusses the menstrual cycle from the point of view of Chinese medicine. This is followed by a discussion of the Chinese mechanisms of PMS. Following this theoretical introduction comes a description of how this information is used in real-life by professional practitioners of Chinese medicine. The author discusses Chinese herbal medicine and PMS and acupuncture and moxibustion and PMS. However, perhaps even more importantly, the author discusses a number of home remedies for PMS. This section begins with in-depth discussions of what he calls “The Three Free Therapies”: diet, exercise, and deep relaxation. These are then supplemented by instructions on Chinese self-massage, magnet therapy, aroma therapy, flower therapy, and hydrotherapy. For those who are skeptical about Chinese medicine, the author presents recent Chinese research into the Chinese medical treatment of PMS and related conditions. If all this has sold you on seeing a Chinese medical practitioner for your PMS, great! The author now tells you how to find a local, qualified professional Chinese medical practitioner. He even gives addresses and phone numbers of referring and certifying agencies. This books winds up with a “going further” section titled, “Learning More About Chinese Medicine” which is essentially an annotated bibliography. In addition, there is a Chinese medical glossary, an author’s bibliography, and a general index, making this book a very useful resource.
About the author:
Bob Flaws, Dipl. Ac. & C.H., is one of the most famous Western doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the world today. An internationally known author and lecturer on Chinese medicine, Bob Flaws has been practicing and teaching Chinese medicine for more than 20 years. His other credits include writing, translating, and editing more than 75 books and scores of articles on all aspects of Chinese medicine, being a past Governor & Fellow of the National Academy of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, a founder, past president, and Lifetime Fellow of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, a Fellow of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (UK), and a founder of the Council of Oriental Medical Publishers and the National Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Alliance.
“Sometimes when I teach, I kid around that my son is going to go to college thanks to my treating women’s PMS. What I mean by this is that PMS and its related conditions have always formed the bulk of my Chinese gynecology practice. If I know about any disease in Chinese medicine, it has to be PMS. Therefore, I was especially enthusiastic about writing this volume in our “Curing” series. I’ve been treating women with PMS for more than 20 years, and I know that Chinese medicine is effective therapy for it. Some women can eliminate or control their PMS simply by using our “Three Free Therapies.” Others need acupuncture and/or Chinese medicine in addition. However, if one follows their Chinese doctor’s advice, the overwhelming majority of PMS can be eradicated in three menstrual cycles without using drugs and without any side effects. Some women feel they simply have to live with their PMS, that it is part of being a woman. But that simply is not so. Chinese medicine says that every premenstrual discomfort is a disease which can be and should be treated. If one eliminates the disease mechanisms at the root of PMS, one also cuts the root of other, more important diseases such as infertility, cervical dysplasia, and breast cancer. Therefore, I am especially happy to share with women the fruits of my 20 years of clinical experience in helping women eliminate their PMS.” Bob
Praise for Curing PMS Naturally
“Bob Flaws has once again produced an excellent book, this time for the layperson. Clear, concise, and easy to read, he presents a clear background to Chinese medicine so that the layperson can understand the basic principles of diagnosis, treatment, and etiology. He explains how one might do a self-diagnosis if they are unable to find a trained practitioner. He then details the various therapies available. There is a good discussion of deep relaxation. Other home remedies that he covers are Chinese aroma therapy, magnet therapy, light therapy (sunbathing), hydrotherapy, self-massage, flower therapy, and thread moxibustion. Bob also provides information on Chinese medical research on PMS, how to find a qualified professional practitioner, further reading in the form of an annotated bibliography, a glossary, and an extensive book list.
This book is well balanced between explaining the concepts of Chinese medicine in its own terms and using language that the layperson can understand. He gives plenty of information that is extremely useful. This is one of a new series from Blue Poppy Press. The other titles include hayfever, arthritis, insomnia, depression, headaches, menopause, and breast health.”
-Shiatsu Alumni Guild Newsletter, November 1997, p. 15