Uterine fibroids are solid muscle tissue growths in the uterus, also called fibroid tumors, myomas, or leiomyomas. It is a noncancerous tumor, however the presence of it could lead to severe pains and difficult to conceive for some women. Therefore, it is necessary to seek professional acupuncturist who specialises in gynaecology issues to help shrink the uterine fibroids.
The majority of the time (80%) the size of fibroids can be as small as a walnut and found in approximately 20% of women over 35. The cause of fibroids is unknown, but usually it appears after menopause fibroid disappears. The level of estrogen in women is the main factor that promotes growth of fibroid in women’s body.
The symptoms that women need to watch out for include, low back ache, urinary frequency, pain with vaginal penetration, severe menstrual pain and trouble to conceive.
Acupuncture may reduce the presence of fibroids in women’s bodies and help to eliminate the symptoms caused by Fibroids. (Source: Click Here)
Women who received acupuncture for consecutive 3 months could manage to shrink the uterine fibroids to a small size in their body. The result showed improvement with the help of regular exercise and Chinese herbal medicine consumption.
Acupuncture is also recommended in managing uterine fibroids to stimulate the blood flow in the pelvic region. This stimulation can induce the regression of pathologic proliferating cells locally. It may also prevent local overgrowth of regenerating fibroid cells by balancing the estrogen hormone.
There are two important hormones that play an important role in enhancing the chance of being fertile. These two hormones include:
this hormone stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles in the ovary prior to releasing egg during ovulation phase. FSH is preparing the egg to be released.
this hormone will produce oestradiol (female sex hormone) in the first week of the cycle and then will release egg (mature oocyte) from ovary at the second half of the cycle. In short, LH has a function in the actual egg release.
The interplay between these two hormones (LH, FSH) is the essence for woman to conceive. If these two hormones are imbalance there are two conditions that make women becoming infertile. The following conditions include:
if the FSH in comparison to LH is too high, then AMH will be low due to eggs being released at faster rate.
if LH is too high in comparison to FSH, then there will be PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). As a result, ovarian reserve (AMH) will be high and eggs will not be released.
Acupuncture treatments can balance the interplay between these two hormones and hence assisting women who have these two conditions to conceive.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that the causes of fibroids include spleen Qi insignificance, yin deficiency and blood stasis, liver qi stagnation. These symptoms cause an obstruction in blood flow. Acupuncture combining with TCM may remove obstructions to the blood flow in the pelvic region, strengthening internal organs function and restores the hormone imbalances in the body. (Source: Click Here)
Chinese herbal medicine assists the blood flow in the pelvic region. When used together with Acupuncture, not only it may reduce the size of fibroids, but it also may eliminate the fibroids completely in some cases. The other positive effects include regular menstrual cycle, lower FSH level, improve ovarian production, improve fertility, create better egg quality and hence create the chance of conception.
Dr Christine Cui is a professional acupuncturist who is experienced and highly trained in gynaecological issues in handling women with P.C.O.S, Endometriosis and Fibroids. People who have fibroids may need acupuncture procedure at least once a week to have an effective result.
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