It’s that time of the month again, and you’re feeling a little bloated, a little cranky. And what the heck, now you’re really wondering, “Why do my boobs hurt so bad?” Yes- we’ve all had PMS from time to time, but it can happen. Your cycle can be gentle, easy and pain free. It might take a little bit of time, and a little bit of focus. But you can do it, and I can teach you.
In Chinese medicine, we follow the cycles of nature. Nothing connects us more to the tides of nature than our menstrual cycles. I know, some gals feel their like period is a curse because it's painful when we're out of whack. But when your cycle is “in the flow”, it can be a time of deep rest and renewal.
Those painful, swollen boobs are not here to haunt you. They’re here to remind you that something is out of balance. From a Chinese medicine perspective, swollen painful breasts (especially when it’s the sides of your breasts) usually point to a liver imbalance.
When your liver gets all stagnant and stuck, pressure starts to build in your system. Your liver is a huge workhorse for your body. It is in charge of over 500 different metabolic reactions. It just so happens that your liver is a big help in metabolizing hormones. So, when your liver just can't handle the workload anymore, the pressure builds and your boobs tend towards the tender side.
So, what’s a girl to do? Here’s my top, three tips to turn the tide on a stuck liver. These three tips may not solve all your liver challenges, but they sure can get it running a little better.
1. Drink apple cider vinegar with your water. Just a splash or two in a glass of water. Use a brand that’s raw and unfiltered, like Bragg’s. You want all the good stuff to be in that vinegar to help mobilize your liver and get ‘er going again.
2. Walk, don’t run. Walking is your best exercise for the liver. The liver needs gentleness, to soften out the edges. I see too ladies in my practice who over exercise. I know, there’s nothing like a quick run to burn off some anxiety, but your exercise should leave you feeling lighter and fresher, not run down.
3. Rub ‘em. Yes, you heard me right. Rub ‘em. When your liver is stuck, it needs a little help to get the energy flowing. Rubbing your breasts can really help relieve some of the backed up pressure. This doesn’t have to be super fancy. Just start under your arms, cup your breasts, and rub them in a circular fashion. Practice this a couple times a day when they’re really sore.
I’ve been celebrating some pretty big successes wit my clients. In 10 weeks time, we’ve had one woman start cycling regularly, another gal has come out of the energy swamp and is feeling like a total champ, and one of the other participants is happy to report that she is no longer having hot flashes. Getting your hormones on track is not some crazy, dirty little secret. All you have to do is follow nature’s rules….