Eliminate Fibroids The Natural Way with Care Cure Acupuncture
The section below explains how the condition of the liver channel is connected with uterine fibroids. Your liver regulates the blood in your body – in other words we say in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory that the liver has been given the function of storing blood in the body, regulating blood flow and preventing blood overflow.
I. Storage of Blood
Blood from the liver glorifies and nourishes the body’s meridians (channels which flow through the body) and it also nourishes your fingers/toes nails and eyes. If blood stored in your liver failed to nourish the meridians, it would result in symptoms including numbness, pins and needles, tendon twitch, muscle spasms, and convulse of limbs. Similarly if the eyes do not receive proper nourishment from the liver blood, patients will experience dry, sore eyes or even blurred vision. If your nails do not get enough blood supply, they will become brittle and thin, withered and easy broken.
What’s more, liver blood is also the generating source of menstrual blood. Sufficient liver blood and smooth liver Qi (energy that moves freely through the body) can direct the blood flow to the arteries. Only when there is sufficient blood in the arteries can menstruation be regular. A lack of this blood can result in a patient experiencing reduced or no menstrual blood.
Also, liver blood can nourish the ‘Hun’ of human bodies. ‘Hun’ means ‘blood’ in ancient Chinese language but means ‘soul’ in the modern Chinese language due to the importance of ‘blood’ in the human system. If ‘Hun’ is well-maintained by the liver blood, the patient’s mental state becomes stable and sleeping quality improves. As mentioned in our previous posts on liver function in Chinese Medicine, lung metal closely influences liver wood. Lung is majorly in charge of ‘Po’ – meaning ‘Qi’ in ancient Chinese language. Therefore, ‘Blood’ and ‘Qi’ are the inseparable combination of the human body system.
II. Regulating Blood flow
When the human body is not moving, the liver will store the ‘blood’ nice and tidy. When the human body is in motion, then the ‘blood’ is released and distributed evenly to the limbs by the liver through circulation which guarantees sufficient blood supply.
III. Preventing overflow
When the liver fails to store ‘blood’, the noticeable signs are coughing blood, vomiting blood, bleeding nose etc. They all indicate that liver fails to keep the blood in resulting in blood overflow.
The most common symptoms of uterine fibroids are: abdominal pain, decreased period cycle days, heavier menstrual bleeding, increased discharge, dropping down sensation of hard object in the belly and even frequent urination due to bladder being pressed by the womb.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the symptoms mentioned above indicate that liver channel’s ability of releasing and distributing is dysfunctional resulting in Qi and blood stagnation. There are three herbal formulas that can be used to treat fibroids:
l ‘Da Huang Zhe Chong Wan’ is suitable for patients who experience symptoms such as abdominal pain with bloating and a full sensation feeling in the stomach, weight loss, abnormal dark skin tone, dry skin, dark color around the eyes and purple tongue with patches.
l ‘Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan’: Gui Zhi 15g, Fu Ling 15g, Mu Dan Pi 15g, Shao Yao 15g, Tao Ren 15g cooked in decoction. Once in the morning and once at night. This formula is suitable for patients with symptoms as fixed pain location, anxious, fast bleeding coagulation, dark blood color, dark facial complexion, purple tongue.
l ‘Xiao Yao San’: Chai Hu 15g, Shao Yao 15g, Bai Zhu 15g, Dang Gui 15g, Fresh Ginger 15g, Bo He 10g, Gan Cao 5g cooked in decoction. Once in the morning and once at night. It is suitable for symptoms as: chest pain, abdominal pain, period cramps, swollen breasts before period, irregular menstruation cycles, headaches and vertigo, thirsty, water retention and fatigue.
The three formulas listed above are not specifically for treating uterine fibroids but for fibroids symptoms. Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment is not targeting the names of the illness labeled by western medicine but for the specific symptoms that patients experience. Same illness names diagnosed by western medicine can have different underlying causes and symptoms in the opinion of Chinese medicine doctors. Please use the formulas carefully following Chinese medicine doctors’ instructions.
In the theory of Chinese medicine, there are two types of fibroids. One type is blood clots: i.e. the pain location is fixed; the other is Qi clots: i.e. the pain location is not fixed. The two types combined together become Qi and Blood clots forming fibroids.
Chinese medicine believes that the liver stores blood and the lungs control the flow of Qi. The normal flow of blood and Qi is dependent on the functions of the liver and lungs. However, the liver rises as the spleen and lung travel down as stomach. If the flow of blood and Qi is obstructed, it must be the dysfunction of the spleen rising and the stomach going down which results in a blocked flow of liver and lung Qi.
The underlying cause of the problem described above is the imbalance of the spleen and stomach. If the rising of Spleen Qi and going down of Stomach Qi is not functional, it will affect the Liver and Lung Qi circulation resulting in blocked circulation of Qi and blood.
Further explanation is that lung Qi brings the Yang Qi down to warm the Kidney water and liver Qi brings the Yin Qi up to neutralize the Heart fire. If lung Qi does not come down and liver Qi cannot go up then the fire stays up and water stays down result in upper body heat and lower body cold.
Therefore, the underlying cause is Spleen Qi’s failure to raise resulting in blocked liver Qi and blood stagnation; Stomach Qi fails to come down resulting in reversed lung Qi and Qi stagnation. Only when the middle Qi is circulating in a healthy manner can Qi and blood blockage be avoided.
What’s more, Qi and blood are inseparable so if Qi is blocked then blood stagnation definitely will happen and vice versa.
The uterine fibroid is actually the major symptom of Qi and blood stagnation occurring on the womb. There is an abundant blood supply and circulation around the womb area so it becomes the frequent occurring location of blood and Qi stagnation. Take traffic jams as an example, serious traffic jams usually happen on the busiest roads. If a car accident happens on a busy road blocking the traffic, many drivers will get stuck because they often take that road to reach their destinations. Same as the blood and Qi flow around the womb area. Due to menstrual bleeding around the womb, once stagnation happens, the blockage occurs easily in the womb forming fibroids.
If doctors only remove the fibroids surgically instead of getting rid of the underlying cause of the stagnation, the fibroids often reoccur after the operation. If the underlying issue is not treated, the blood blockage keeps reoccurring and reproducing the fibroids. Repeated surgery operates on removing the fibroids until hysterectomy has to be performed.
Therefore the occurrence of uterine fibroids is not because the uterus is sick but an indication of Qi and blood stagnation in the human body system appearing on the womb. Hence none of the three herbal formulas listed above is for treating the uterus but for treating circulation and strengthening the Spleen channel. Not only can the formulas control and reduce the size and growth of fibroids but also improve patients’ constitution from the root cause preventing the reoccurrence of fibroids.
Our patient X had multiple fibroids of different sizes and the biggest one was 7.9 cm in diameter (surgery should be performed if the size reaches 5 – 6 cm according to western medicine).
Our Chinese medicine doctor did acupuncture and prescribed the patient herbal medicine that is designed to smooth Qi and liver channel as well as releasing heat toxins and stagnation. Following this theory of treatment, the doctor changed acupuncture points and adjusted the herbal formula every time the patient visited the clinic according to the progress of patient’s condition for a period of 2 months.
Following this time period, the patient returned to the clinic with her test results saying that the size and the amount of fibroids had reduced. At this stage, the heat toxins were successfully removed from the patient’s body system. The Chinese practitioner then focused on increasing and regulating the circulation to remove the stagnation of Qi and blood for the following two months. After this the patient reported that the fibroids had all disappeared and she also felt more energetic and had a healthier complexion due to the increased circulation.
To conclude it may take a little longer than Western Medicine to remove the fibroids naturally so that they can be absorbed by the body but as long as the patient heeds our practitioner’s advice and commits to the treatment plan fibroids can be successfully treated by Chinese medicine.
Traditional Chinese medicine always tries to treat from the root cause rather than symptoms with the ever prevailing aim to preventing future re-occurrence. For further information please see www,carecure.ie or call us on 086-2159282.