Uterine Fibroid : A Natural Chinese Medicine Approach
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Uterine Fibroids are growths that develop in or around the uterus and appear during the childbearing years often occurring in women aged 30 to 50. Uterine Fibroids may sound scary to many but these growth are made of muscle and fibrous tissue. It is a very common condition with almost 1 in 3 women developing Uterine Fibroids at some point in their life. (1) These growths affect 10% of women who experience infertility.
What Causes Uterine Fibroids According to Chinese Medicine?
According to the Chinese Medicine Philosophy, Uterine Fibroids are caused due to blockage of energy in the Uterus, or Uterus lining. Another cause could be due to poor blood circulation in the abdomen area. There are many factors that can contribute towards this condition, such as, stress, unhealthy lifestyle, diet, genetics, as well as hormone imbalance in relation to estrogen and progesterone.
Uterine Fibroids and IVF
If the fibroids are large and inferring with your ability to conceive, Fibroids can be removed through surgery. Women who undergo this surgery have noticed a good pregnancy outcome. It is often recommended by fertility specialists if you are undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) to remove large fibroids. The main purpose of this is to increase the implantation success rate and avoid any further pregnancy complications. However, many women still fail IVF even after Uterine Fibroid surgery.
TCM Expert Lily Li Hua from GinSen fertility clinic in London explains that “According to Chinese Medicine, removing fibroids doesn’t necessarily mean the root cause of fibroid has been addressed. Unless and until the root cause of Uterine Fibroids is dealt with this condition will interfere in a women’s ability to conceive naturally or through IVF”. Taking this holistic approach and addressing the root cause of the condition allows to improve all aspects of the fertility function and ensure the body is in optimal condition prior to IVF implantation giving you the highest chance of IVF success rate.
Deeper Look into Uterine Fibroids Based on Chinese Medicine
Based on Chinese Medicine, Qi which is the vital energy needs to flow freely through the body when there is an obstruction imbalances and problems in the body arise. Qi is as equally important as Yin Yang balance when there is an imbalance present, deficiencies arise.
In line with this, when Uterine Fibroids are present 4 common patterns are noticed in the body. These can be categorised into 2 main causes namely, uterus lining blockage and poor blood circulation accompanied with inflammation.
1.Uterus Lining Blockage:
- Qi and blood stagnation due to stressed Liver – This stagnation arises when blood clotting accumulates and inflammation is present, resulting in hormone imbalance. It is often noticed in people who have or an experiencing excessive long term stress.
- Heat and Spleen deficiency with internal dampness – This deficiency arises when excessive fatty tissues or fluids accumulate in or around the Uterus resulting in slowing of blood circulation, accumulation of phlegm all of which contribute towards slowing down or blocking of sperm from reaching the fallopian tube.
2.Blood circulation and inflammation:
- Kidney Yang deficiency – This deficiency will slow down Qi which is the vital energy required by the body. When the flow of Qi is obstructed or slows down it can lead to inflammation and accumulation of excessive water retention.
- Qi and Blood deficiency – This deficiency means the Uterus is not receiving the nutrients it requires to function efficiently leading to failed uterus function.
Chinese Medicine Remedies for Uterine Fibroids
Chinese Medicine uses sever different methods to address the root cause of Uterine Fibroids. Methods include Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Herbal Tea, and Herbal Supplements. It is very common for a TCM expert to suggest a combination of treatments along with lifestyle changes such as changes in diet and exercise routine.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture works to stimulate blood vessels, muscles, lymphatic system and nerves system. It also removes any blockages in the energy channel, eliminates Qi stagnation and blood stasis. This reduces inflammation and boosts energy levels. Applying this method works to improve the overall hormone balance.
Cupping: Cupping in an excelling detoxing method. It unblocks energy channels and detoxes by drawing toxins in the body closer to the skin. This method removes accumulation of blood clotting, inflammation and excessive body fluid. It also works to effectively boost lymphatic system function.
Moxibustion: Moxibustion boosts Yang and Qi energy by burning herbal Moxa. The heat generated from the Moxa transfers into the meridians, increasingYang and Qi. It also promotes blood circulation and overall functioning of the body.
Herbal Tea: Personalised Herbal Tea is highly effective in addressing the root cause of Fibroids. It is also recommended for regulating periods, balancing hormones and boosting your body’s ability to conceive naturally.
Herbal Supplement : Selected herbal ingredients and following classic formula of Traditional Chinese Medicine work on the symptoms and the root causes. Recommended herbal supplements for Fibroids include:
Recommended herbal products for Uterine Fibroids:
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your condition and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.