Acupuncture for Fibroids

Acupuncture for FibroidsUterine fibroids are more commonly seen in women over 30 years of age and are benign tumors composed of smooth uterine muscle and connective tissue. There is some evidence to suggest that estrogen can trigger their growth.

In the third century BCE, Chinese medical texts discussed growths in the uterus and outlined treatment for them. One common cause of disease in Chinese medicine is due to an imbalance in the emotions or in modern day terms, an inability to deal with stress. Any emotion in excess, such as anger or irritability can hinder the normal flow of energy which in turn affects healthy blood circulation. When blood and energy circulation is impeded in the uterus, fibroids can develop. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used to increase blood circulation and promote dissolving of the fibroid.

About Heiko Lade

Hi, I'm Heiko Lade - qualified acupuncturist at The Acupuncture Clinic in Napier, New Zealand. If you have any questions about what you’ve read or would like more details about what I can do for you, please contact me.

Comments

  1. What about the imbalance of hormones being a possible cause of fibroids. Can traditional Chinese medicine address that issue, the ancient Chinese physicians would not have known about “hormones”.

    • Heiko Lade says:

      That’s a good question Jen, and of course Chinese physicians of many centuries ago, did not know about hormones. But they did have an understanding of “something” that affected ageing and menstrual cycles. There is a meridian or channel called the Chong which has been translated as the Penetrating vessel. This channel loosely equates to the modern day blood circulatory system but includes the Liver which stores the blood, the Spleen that makes the blood and the Heart that propels the blood, includes the blood itself and the nourishing factors in the blood, ie the hormones. The Chong is responsible for growth and ageing cycles and can be used in cases of delayed menstrual cycles in teenagers, menopause problems and many menstrual disorders including fibroids, endometriosis and period pain. Chinese medicine physicians view problems like fibroids as an accumulation of old bad blood congealing. The individual patient may also have concurrent other issues such as a blockage in the Liver meridian coming from repressed emotions or a weaker digestive absorption capacity because of a weak Stomach and Spleen. These other coinciding factors are taken into account when formulating a diagnosis and hence treatment. Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbs aims to restore harmony and rectify the imbalance that caused the fibroid in the first place. This is why, with western medical treatment, after the fibroids have been surgically removed, new ones appear some time later. Many women in China never have surgery for fibroids but use Chinese medicine instead. The state of the fibroid is monitored with medical tests such as ultra sound during the course of the acupuncture and herbal treatment.

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