Acupuncture can help with issues like these because it is good at promoting the smooth flow of Qi and helping the build up of Yang, and the eventual transition to Yin with the start of the period, to proceed harmoniously. What also helps at this time is to find ways to channel the Yang energy positively. Irritability and anger are not necessarily ’bad’ things - if there is something in a woman’s life which is frustrating her, it will be at this time that this frustration can really make itself felt, and whilst this can be harmful, it can also be positive. Its really a matter of making use of the anger, of the abundant Yang, skilfully. At this time of the month, trying to avoid conflict and settling for a quiet life are not necessarily the best options - the energy just stagnates, causing the kind of problems mentioned above. Rather, look for ways to channel this energy creatively; it’s a time when frustrations can be addressed and even resolved .
This means that the premenstrual days need not be viewed as unpleasant or even horrible, something to endure, but rather as a time when Yang energy builds up and is available to break through obstacles. Clearly this is not an easy trick to pull off, and it helps if the people around are understanding and supportive, and willing to respond skilfully to the Yang themselves.