How Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can treat Uterine Fibroid Tumors.
If you’re reading this then chances are you either suspect 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 on the inside, on the outside or in the wall of your uterus.Conventional Western medicine believes that estrogen may cause fibroids and 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.
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.
How Chinese Medical Approaches to 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 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 during period, pain relieved by the application of heat, dark clots, and a desire for warm drinks.