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Try Out Acupuncture For The Treatment of Your Fibroids

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Usually developing in the uterus, fibroids are considered tumors that are not cancerous. Nevertheless, in spite of its benign nature, fibroids can still wreak havoc to a woman’s health and may endanger her pregnancy. They can make sex painful and cause cramping. Western medicine has not yet determined whether acupuncture actually works in lessening fibroids but practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have stated that acupuncture can indeed remove energy impedance that shows itself through the tumors. A lot of fibroids sufferers use acupuncture for the relief of pain associated with their fibroid, if not for direct treatment of the fibroid itself, directly. Talk with your doctor first before trying out acupuncture.

Western Medicine and Fibroids

Some of the symptoms of fibroid include pain during sexual intercourse, irregular or heavy menstruation, increased urination, constipation, cramping and bleeding between periods, and a fullness sensation in the stomach. A woman suffering from uterine fibroid who does not experience any of its symptoms would do well to watch the development of her fibroid. This means she needs to observe any signs of changes especially initial indications of cancerous growth. Although Western medicine may not be able to determine the reason for the fibroid, they suspect that its development may be due to estrogen production. In the United States, about 20% of women of child-bearing age have suffered from fibroid at some point in their lives

TCM and Fibroids

Often used in combination with Chinese herbal therapy, acupuncture in Cleveland can help lessen the size and the incidence of fibroids. Based on the concepts of TCM, some of the causes of fibroid include organ function and vital energy imbalance, qi stagnation, spleen qi vacuity, and yin deficiency. A practitioner may utilize acupoints associated with the uterus or blood stasis although more often than not treatment will differ case by case.

Scientific Studies

There is not much support in the medical scientific community for acupuncture’s potency in treating fibroids. Instead, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has endorsed acupuncture as a valid form of adjunctive therapy to western modalities. The Bethune International Peace Hospital conducted a study in 1995 testing acupuncture’s usefulness in decreasing the malignant mammary tumors in mice. The NIH stated that there have been at least seven animal studies that tested acupuncture’s efficacy on cancerous conditions. Four of those studies showed that acupuncture has provided indirect benefits for cancer therapy.

The Alleviation of Pain

Acupuncture may be a useful adjunctive form of treatment for fibroid to help relieve pain and discomfort caused by fibroids. Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center have recommended acupuncture for the alleviation of fibroid pain especially when it’s combined with herbs, or moxibustion.

Written by Valerie

December 14th, 2015 at 11:26 am

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