Dana Jane Saltzman, MD LAc -  - Primary Care Physician

Dana Jane Saltzman, MD LAc

Primary Care Physician & Acupuncturist located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY


For women in Midtown Manhattan and New York City area, dealing with PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, Dr. Saltzman can help. Patients can visit her New York City practice to learn about treatments for PMS and get relief from migraines, bloating, and cramps.


What is PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a term used to describe symptoms women can experience a few days prior to their menstrual cycle. Lifestyle changes and medications can frequently assist to relieve PMS. However, when symptoms interrupt a woman’s daily life, it is referred to as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS can affect the body, mood, and how the woman acts during the days leading up to the menstrual period. Premenstrual symptoms take place between ovulation and the beginning of menstrual bleeding. Symptoms can vary significantly from cycle to cycle and get worse with high stress.

What are the Symptoms of PMS?

Common physical symptoms include:

  • Bloating, weight gain
  • Fatigue, tiredness
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Cramps, aching muscles, joints, and low back pain
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Food cravings, especially for sweet and salty foods
  • Sleeping excessively or minimally
  • Low sex drive
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Mood and behavior fluctuations
  • Sadness or depression
  • Anger, irritability, aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Reduced alertness, problems concentrating
  • Withdrawal from family and friends

Women who have severe premenstrual mood swings, irritability, depression, or anxiety may have premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD. Symptoms normally diminish within the first 3 days of bleeding. This severe form isn't as common. 

What Treatments Are Used?

If you have moderate to severe symptoms after two or three cycles using home treatment, talk to the doctor about other treatment options. These can include prescriptions for low-estrogen birth control pills and acupuncture sessions. Birth control pills stop ovulation by controlling hormones. This typically leads to lighter periods and can lessen the symptoms of PMS. Regular acupuncture sessions are helpful for balancing female hormone function and the autonomic nervous system. It can be very effective for managing PMS in the long-term. Diets rich in B vitamins and avoiding excessive intake of salt, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar can also help. A variety of herbs and complementary treatments can also help to lessen or relieve PMS.

Insurance and Billing

We accept most major insurances. Please see the full list of plans that we accept. If you do not see yours, please call our office to see how we can help. However, insurance does not cover addiction treatments.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
United Healthcare PPO

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    "Dr. Saltzman has changed my life. She understands holistic practices, and she doesn't just treat a symptom. She will help you treat root causes...to keep you healthy."

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    "Real, down-to-earth, empathetic and no nonsense. It was a rare experience to meet a caregiver that was so knowledgeable and easy to talk with."

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    "Dr. Saltzman really got me, understood my issues. She is a great diagnostician and also knows when to refer and who to refer to."

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    "I feel really lucky to have found Dr. Saltzman. She really listens, her staff including her PA are amazing...they take time to handle any of your issues."

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    "I like Dr. Saltzman's approach of incorporating alternative medicine- I works for me and I don't have cold as often as I used to."

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    "Great. Dr. Saltzman listens and uses traditional and preventative methods for maintaining and treating your overall health."

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