Question: Why are my legs weak and shaky during my menstrual cycle?
Anna Dolopo: In Chinese medical theory, the energy of the spleen rules the muscles. The spleen also produces blood. The spleen has many functions, but for the sake of simplicity, I will address those pertinent to the question at hand.
There are three major organ systems that are related to the menses: the liver, the spleen, and the kidneys. Other organ systems are also involved before, during and after menses, but these three organs are the most critical.
When a woman has her menses, she is “losing blood.” Some of the blood that was produced by the spleen is leaving the body. While some women exhibit no symptoms of PMS, there are many women who experience a variety of health issues before, during and after the menstrual flow. In the case of a woman whose legs feel weak, it is because the energetic system of the spleen is weak. She is “losing blood” and the spleen’s energy is lower than during other times of her menstrual cycle, the weak legs are indicative of a weak spleen energy pattern.
People don’t always follow a classic syndrome pattern perfectly (in any medical modality), but sometimes practitioners find several other symptoms that relate to the Chinese medical diagnosis of a chief complaint.
My professional recommendation to guard against weakness of the legs during menstruation would be to focus three to six cycles (depending on how long you has been suffering from this issue and how severe the sympotms) taking the proper herbal formula, such as After The Flow™ to improve the energetic system of the spleen. In my 13-years of experience as a licensed acupuncturist, I have found acupuncture to provide both short- and long-term improvements when it comes to complaints surrounding the menstrual cycle including weakness and shakiness of the legs. Proper nutrition and certain exercises to improve the spleen’s energy should also be considered. As the spleen’s energy improves, related issues will improve and the legs will feel stronger and more stable.
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