It is rather common for women to have uterine fibroids. Western medicine tends to relate the cause to an extended period of stimulation of estrogen. Western doctors usually would treat them by removing them through a surgery if one or more grows to larger than 5cm or when they seriously affects menstruation. However, in recent years, many people have begun treating these fibroids via methods that have no side effects and without a radical treatment. Among them, Chinese herbal medicines, acupuncture and moxibustion have been very successful in controlling the fibroids’ growth and gradually reducing them.
Since uterine fibroids have no obvious symptoms, most patients only know that they have them after a gynocological exam.
Certainly, if you can find out before that you have them and treat them earlier, they can be controlled much faster.
How would you know if you have them? The following will give you a hint:
- Short menstrual cycle
- Increased menstrual flow
- Prolonged menstruation
- Irregular vaginal bleeding
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Abdominal swelling and a sense of falling
- Back pain, some people will have acute abdominal pain,
- Severe cases with fever symptoms, etc.
When they become quite sizeable, you will experience the following:
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty to urinate
- Urinary retention
- Lower extremity edema
- May also lead to infertility
Chinese medicine treatment of uterine fibroids requires an analysis of body types and a treatment prescription. The common body types are Qi stagnation and blood stasis type, phlegm and blood stasis type, and damp heat and stasis type.
Herbal medicine and acupuncture are also used as a part of the treatment. (Acupuncture points that can treat the fibroids include but not limited to Zhongji RN3, Guanyuan RN4, Uterus EX-CA1, Sanyinjiao SP6, Xuehai SP10, and Zusanli ST36.)
Traditional Chinese Medicine treats not only uterine fibroids, it also improves the overall health of a person.
This blog post is written by Dr. Grace Yu – http://www.balancehealth.com.hk/grace-yu/