Acupuncture and Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are a common complaint of women aged 35-55, usually in the perimenopausal stage that just precedes menopause. This is because the imbalance of estrogen and progesterone levels can cause the growth of these fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths that can range in size from a walnut to a grapefruit. Fibroids can cause problems with fertility, cramping, pain during intercourse, heaviness in the abdomen and flooding during menstrual periods. Many women end up choosing to have a hysterectomy as a result of complications resulting from uterine fibroids, but alternative medicine proponents suggest that acupuncture can assist women ailing from fibroids.

Acupuncture has been proven to shrink fibroids to the point where no adverse symptoms are experienced and no further treatment is needed. Because this process can relieve a woman from needing a hysterectomy, it is the preferred course of treatment for many. Women who suspect they are struggling with infertility due to endometriosis or fibroids can see a licensed acupuncturist for infertility treatments in addition to treatments to shrink fibroids.

Acupuncture is used in a very individualized manner to treat women with their unique fibroid problems. Diet, lifestyle, sleep and exercise habits are also considered as the acupuncture treatment is determined. Some women will experience immediate shrinking of the fibroids and reduction in problems with cramping, abdominal discomfort, and flooding during menstrual periods. Other women may require once a week treatments for several cycles before significant changes are noticed.

If you find an acupuncturist who is also a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, you will most likely be prescribed medicinal herbs in addition to acupuncture treatments. These herbs and treatments will all be aimed at balancing your yin and yang. It is reported that adding medicinal herbs to the acupuncture treatments will result in even faster shrinkage of the fibroids and more tolerable menstrual periods.

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