Acupuncture May be an Effective Treatment for Endometriosis!
A diagnosis of infertility can be heart-wrenching and traumatic for a couple. Endometriosis is one of the disorders associated with an increased risk of infertility among women. It’s basically the migration/growth of endometrial cells, which may result in a chronic inflammatory reaction. These cells may colonise adjacent organs or cells such as the bowel, bladder, recto-vaginal septum, ovaries, and pelvic peritoneum.
Endometriosis can affect the implantation site, the lining of the uterus, impact the immune system, and reduce ovary function. Acupuncture treatment (weekly) and prescribed Chinese herbs (daily) can be used to treat endometriosis. Acupuncture treatment may improve pregnancy rates, improve response to IVF drugs, and manage symptoms of endometriosis such as intestinal upset, lower back pain, menstrual disturbance and pain.
Conventional treatments such as surgery, anti-inflammatory drugs, and painkillers merely mask the symptoms rather than addressing the root cause of the disorder. According to a study posted in the Journal of Human Reproduction, Massan & Killick (2003) concluded that medical interventions to regulate hormones such as contraceptive pills have been shown to suppress ovulation, reduce libido, and reduce fertility.
Traditional Chinese Medicine On the other hand, acupuncture treats various disorders and illnesses including endometriosis by balancing qi (vital energy force). According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, blockages in qi are manifested in conditions and disorders. For example kidney ying/yang deficiency, blood stagnation and poor digestion may result in endometriosis.
Acupuncture treats endometriosis in a holistic, non-invasive, and gentle manner without the side-effects associated with conventional treatments. Specifically, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine aim to:
Support lifestyle and dietary changes to improve the bodys vitality.
Stimulate blood flow especially to the uterus by moving the stagnant qi and blood.
Help relax the patient and alleviate stress, which is associated with the disease.
Regulate hormone imbalance by improving liver function and consequently stimulating the nervous system.
Reduce cramps and regulate the menstrual cycle.
A study published in the Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine showed that acupuncture and Chinese herbs reduce immune markers – overactive immune response (Lim et al., 2009).
Moreover, when you get pregnant, acupuncture can support you through this and help make your pregnancy a healthy one.
Hassan, M. A. M., & Killick, S. R. (2004). Is previous use of hormonal contraception associated with a detrimental effect on subsequent fecundity?. Human Reproduction, 19(2), 344-351.
Lim, C. E. D., Zhan, X. L., Luo, X. P., & Wong, F. W. S. (2009). Clinical Observation of Chinese Medicine Treatment on Secondary Dysmenorrhoea Associated with Endometriosis. Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, 4(2), 12.