In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), leiomyomas or myomas, commonly known as uterine fibroids, fall under the larger category of Zheng Jia. These benign (noncancerous) tumors develop in the muscle tissue of the uterus and are believed to be caused by an obstructed blood flow.
The condition affects a large percentage of women during their reproductive years. Most women with fibroids experience absolutely no symptoms. However, some may experience heavy periods, painful periods, infertility, or other pregnancy-related complications.
A diagnosis is made through an ultrasound, MRI, or CAT scan. Some fibroid tumors can virtually go undetectable, whereas others can rapidly grow during pregnancy or when estrogen and progesterone levels are affected. However, the detected mass can also shrink when using anti-hormone medications or upon reaching menopause.
The Role of Chinese Medicine in Treating Fibroids
When Qi (energy), blood, or damp phlegm are in excess or a deficit and combine with the hot, cold, or acidic environment in the uterus, it may result in fibroids.
If you've been diagnosed with this condition and are wondering about the next step, Chinese medicine can effectively address fibroids, and their associated symptoms. It takes a holistic approach to treat Zheng Jia conditions, including uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and endometriosis.
Acupuncture for Uterine Fibroids
Acupuncture, a popular form of alternative medicine, involves the insertion of fine needles around the site of the fibroid to stimulate the flow of energy (Qi) and reduce the proliferation of abnormal cells. This study also suggests that women who had regular acupuncture sessions saw a significant reduction in the volume of their fibroids.
Herbal Therapy for Uterine Fibroids
In another study, more than half of the participants experienced a reduced size or complete disappearance of their fibroids. How? With herbs! Chinese herbal medicine uses specific herbs to restore the body's natural balance and treat the underlying causes of fibroids. Some commonly used herbs for fibroids include Dong Quai, Chinese Skullcap, and Rehmannia since these have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties and can reduce the size of fibroids while relieving symptoms.
The Bottom Line:
Uterine fibroids are a common condition, and many women often seek alternative and holistic approaches to managing their fibroids. If you're looking to find relief from your fibroids without Western medicine intervention, TCM may be the way forward. Here at Restorative Acupuncture, we have a proven record of resolving fibroids with TCM. Schedule an appointment with us today to develop a personalized treatment plan and get onto your healing journey.
Gilian Lata, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., is a nationally licensed acupuncturist. After graduating summa cum laude with departmental honors from UCLA, she earned a master’s degree in Oriental medicine from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine.