Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in the Treatment of Uterine Prolapse

Uterine prolapse is falling or sliding of the uterus from its normal position in the pelvic cavity into the vaginal canal. The risk of uterine prolapse increases with age as pelvic muscles weaken, and due to the natural reduction in estrogen (less elasticity) at menopause. Approximately half of all women older than 50 years complain of symptomatic prolapse, and studies estimate that 50% of women who have given birth more than one time have some degree of urogenital prolapse. This problem is prevalent, yet not one that women generally discuss due to embarrassment.

Heavy lifting, or standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time may worsen this condition. Chronic cough, obesity, and chronic constipation increase the pressure on the pelvic floor and may also contribute, and although rare, uterine prolapse can also be caused by a pelvic tumor.

Traditional Chinese medicine which includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine helps!

How TCM works

The TCM concepts of the organ systems have different and broader definitions when compared to Western medicine. "Qi" in TCM reconfirm your energy or vitality and TCM defines prolapse as "sinking Qi." Deficiencies in the Spleen and Kidney systems are root causes of prolapse in TCM. Acupuncture points open up the organ system pathways so Qi and blood flow abundantly throughout our body. This flow of Qi and blood nourishes and supports the organ systems to overcome deficiencies like prolapse. Using acupuncture points on the top of your head, in a sense, "pulls up" the prolapsed organ. Acupuncture pathways traverse laterally and longitudinally through out the body. These interconnections and networks on the head promote Qi and flow upward. This is oversimplifying it, but an acupuncture needle on the top of your head does draws that qi and energy upwards towards the head … much like a magnet.

By raising Qi, a "sunken" organ is lifted. Additionally we use body points and often herbs to increase the effect. One herbal formula, called "Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, means" Raise the Qi Formula, "which improves the lack of tone of the skeletal and smooth muscles, and supportive tissues, and move Qi upward. It is also is also used to elevate your mood, increase brain clarity (brain fog) and your raise your spirits.

TCM practitioners review your medical history, your signs and symptoms and conduct a pulse and tongue diagnosis. They identify a pattern for your disease and select an appropriate acupuncture treatment protocol for you. This specific type of care results in a higher percentage of success.

Every patient is treated uniquely. Herbal formulas are made specifically for your pattern of disease and often accelerate your rate of healing.

While western medicine offers surgery for prolapse, TCM works more naturally.

Symptoms of prolapse include:

• A feeling as if sitting on a small ball or a "bearing down" sensation.

• Difficult or painful sexual intercourse.

• Frequent urination or a sudden, urgent need to empty the bladder.

• Low backache.

• Protruding of the uterus and cervix through the vaginal opening.

• Repeated bladder infections.

• Vaginal bleeding or increased vaginal discharge.

Prolapse maybe accompanied by mental depression, fatigue, lethargy, general weakness, or diarrhea. It often occurs after childbirth, illness or surgery.

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of prolapse seek TCM treatment. Early detection and treatment can reverse it and prevent surgery in many cases. Every case is different, yet a more natural, holistic treatment can benefit you and improve your quality of life. Bridging the gap between Western and Eastern medicine improves patient care.

Source by Dr.

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