Uterine 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.