How Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can treat Uterine Fibroid Tumors.
If you’re reading this then chances are you either suspects you have, or have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids.
What are uterine fibroids in conventional medicine?
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors composed of smooth uterine muscle and connective tissue. The uterus is the site of the most common tumors of the muscle to occur.
Uterine fibroids are lumps that grow on your uterus. You can have fibroids the inside, fibroids on the inside, or in the wall of your uterus.
What is the cause?
No one knows for sure what causes fibroids, we also don’t know what causes them to grow or shrink. We do know that they are control by hormones both estrogen and progesterone.
They grow rapidly during pregnancy, when hormone levels are high. They shrink when anti-hormone medication is used.
They also stop growing or shrink once a woman reaches menopause. Conventional Western medicine believes that estrogen may cause fibroids and make fibroids grow faster.
Estrogen triggers the myometrium (the smooth muscle layer of the uterus) to grow and thicken, which is the location of the fibroids.
Fibroids are very common in women in their 30s and 40s. But fibroids usually do not cause problems. Approximately 30% of all women develop fibroids by the time they reach 35. Many women never even know they have them. You do not need to do anything about them unless they are causing problems.
Sometimes fibroids can make it harder to get pregnant. Or they may cause problems during pregnancy, such as going into early labor or losing the baby (miscarriage).
What are the symptoms?
Often fibroids do not cause symptoms; the symptoms may be mild, like periods that are a little heavier than normal. If the fibroids bleed or press on your organs, the symptoms may make it hard for you to enjoy life. Fibroids make some women have:
- Long, gushing periods and cramping.
- Fullness or pressure in their belly.
- Low back pain.
- Pain during sex.
- An urge to urinate often.
Heavy bleeding during your periods can lead to anemia which can make you feel weak and tired.
How Chinese Medical Approaches Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, and PCOS.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used to manage associated symptoms of gynecological disorders for the last 3,000 to 4,000 years.
Chinese Medicine has been used to treat many types of dysmenorrhea such as pelvic pain, irregular menstruation, pain during intercourse, intestinal irregularity, low back pain, infertility, and other related symptoms and conditions related to these syndromes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes fibroids are caused by obstructions in blood flow, and therefore are alleviated through processes, which remove those obstructions.
Other pattern is Chinese Medicine:
- Blood and Qi Stasis in the Lower Jiao: Abdominal masses are often indicated as Blood and Qi Stagnation. Pain type would be fixed stabbing and pain relief after passing blood clots can be present.
- Liver Qi Stagnation Leading to Uterine Fibroids, Endometriosis, or PCOS. In chinese medicine, the Liver organ is closely related to Uterine Blood and the menstrual cycle and governs over the movement of menstrual blood.
- Cold Phlegm Obstructing the Flow of Blood and Qi in the Lower Jiao. Dampness can develop due to Spleen Qi Deficiency , as the Spleen helps to control Dampness in the body.
- True Cold in the body may be due to Kidney yang deficiency and is often indicated with cramping pain. Exposure to cold climates for prolonged periods would also contribute to an external invasion of cold and the body’s inability to protect itself through the Weir Qi (the immune system).The pain will be sharp in nature and aggravated by cold conditions. Other symptoms include back pain during period, pain relieved by the application of heat, dark clots, and a desire for warm drinks.