|Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan , L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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| Uterine Fibroid
A uterine fibroid is the most common benign (not cancerous) tumor of a woman’s uterus (womb). Fibroids develop with the uterine wall or attach to it. They may grow as a single tumor or in clusters. Uterine fibroids can cause excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and frequent urination.
• These growths occur in about 25% of all women and are the leading cause of hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) in the United States. Of every woman older than 35 years, 1 in 5 has a uterine fibroid. An estimated 600,000 hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) are performed in the US annually, and at least one-third are for fibroids. Medications and newer, less invasive surgery can control the growth of fibroids.
• Fibroids start in the muscle tissues of the uterus. They can grow into the uterine cavity, into the thickness of the uterine wall, or on the surface of the uterus into the abdominal cavity. Although these tumors are called fibroids, this term is misleading because they consist of muscle tissue, not fibrous tissue.
When you do experience symptoms, the most common are these:
• Irregular vaginal bleeding or an increase in menstrual bleeding, known as menorrhagia, sometimes with blood clots
• Pressure on the bladder, which may cause you to urinate often and feel a sense of urgency to urinate and, rarely, the inability to urinate
• Pressure on the rectum, resulting in constipation
• Pelvic pressure, “feeling full” in the lower abdomen, lower abdominal pain
• Increase in size around your waist and change in abdominal contour (You may need to increase your clothing size but not because of a significant weight gain.)
• Infertility, which is defined as an inability to become pregnant after 1 year of attempting to get pregnant
• A pelvic mass discovered by your health care provider during a physical examination
Traditional Chinese medicine treats fibroids as a symptom of energetic imbalance, just as it treats other medical complaints. A practitioner will check your tongue, feel your pulses and ask your questions about your disease's history and then tailor treatment towards re-establishing the balance that the body needs to heal. TCM addresses not only the symptom, but the underlying imbalance. Of course, the TCM emphasis has always been on strengthening health without causing harmful side-effects. Not only will acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments shrink and eliminate the fibroids, but also it can rebalance hormonal production, improve ovarian production and ovulation, regulate menstrual cycles, lower FSH levels, create better egg quality, and strengthen embryos– all of which improve fertility and your chance of conception.
Phone: (804) 301-1784