Didn't I read somewhere (online) that acupuncture has been used successfully in the treatment of uterine fibroids? It was probably an isolated case, but if anyone has anything to offer on this topic, I'm interested. Thanks!
I can't speak regarding fibroids specifically, but the theory is this: If all physical illness starts first in the energetic body, then energetic healing techniques such as acupuncture will help any physical illness. That's not to say it will cure it outright. But it will help in the healing and in the least be a good booster to whatever Western medicine you are also applying.
Acupuncture can definitely help in the treatment of fibroids, but I suggest seeing a practitioner who also does more than that -- either a naturopath (ND) which will also address diet (certain foods contribute to the growth of fibroids) and use supplements as well. Or a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr.TCM) who will also address diet and use herbs in addition to acupuncture.
Generally speaking, fibroids of more than 2cm can be difficult to shrink -- but it definitely worth a visit to a practitioner to have them look into your case specifically.
Often, even if the fibroids cannot be reduced in size any problems such as a heavy menstrual flow can still be helped.
You're probably already aware of this (I don't know how old you are) but once you reach menopause fibroids usually shrink on their own due to lower estrogen levels.
And if you do end up considering surgery, I suggest finding a surgeon who will remove the fibroids only and not your whole uterus. Not every woman with fibroids is a candidate for this, but it can be done in many cases where a woman has a hysterectomy. The fibroids can be removed on their own or an embolism (ie. blood clot) can be used. The blood clot gets "jammed" in the blood supply to the fibroid, and with it's blood supply cut off, the fibroid usually shrinks on it's own.
Yes, acupuncture can help with fibroids. I agree with Tina that a combination of acupuncture with herbs and dietary therapy is much more effective for this than acupuncture on its own. If the fibroids are large at all, treatment won't make them go away entirely, but it can shrink and soften them, and can provide enormous help with symptoms like bleeding and pain. If fibroids are asymptomatic, and not growing, they can often be left without further intervention.
And, yes, if you do need to have surgery, find a surgeon if you can who will remove the fibroids and leave the uterus intact. I know at least one surgeon who believes it is never necessary to do a hysterectomy for fibroids, because of the way they are structurally separate from the uterus. The least invasive procedure you can do will be best for you.
A note on choosing a practitioner: different states have different titles for acupuncturists and herbalists -- for example, Massachusetts doesn't use the title "Doctor" for any acupuncturist or herbalist (in fact it's explicitly forbidden to use this title in the state) -- I am a "Licensed Acupuncturist" with a clause in my license that allows me to also practice herbs, based on my training. Rhode Island uses "Doctor of Acupuncture" for all acupuncture practitioners and herbalists. Wherever you are, you just want to make sure your practitioner has the relevant local credentials, and was trained in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at a credentialed school.
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