When it comes to fibroids the location and size matters. Small fibroids generally do no interfere with pregnancy, while larger submucosal fibroids can lead to infertility, miscarriage, placental abruption, preterm delivery and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR).
If you are having fibroid symptoms it is important to have a pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound prior to becoming pregnant, so appropriate diagnosis and treatment can given before conceiving.
How can acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine help with fibroids?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Treatment Includes:
1. Acupuncture & Moxibustion – In TCM, fibroids are related to dampness accumulation and blood stasis. This leads to stagnation in the body and creates masses (fibroids). Acupuncture will focus on clearing dampness and promoting the free flow of qi and blood in the uterus to help dissipate and break up the fibroids. Moxibustion is a herbal “cigar” that is held above the uterus to help clear cold accumulation (which also leads to stagnation).
2. Nutrition – Fibroids can become bigger in response to growth hormones in our food. Try to eat local and organic food as much as possible-Focus on eating a whole foods diet. Avoid transfat and processed food-Decrease consumption of red meat-Reduce caffeine and alcohol (estrogen)-Add ground flax seeds to your diet
3. Exercise – Strength training 2-3x/week, 20 mins duration. If working out isn’t for you, focus on movement and physical activity such as walking, biking, yoga, dancing or playing a sport
4. Meditation – Reduce stress, anger, depression and pain with mindful meditation. Stress leads to high cortisol levels which causes hormone imbalances and can exacerbate fibroid symptoms.
If you are interested in learning more about how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help treat uterine fibroids and increase fertility please give us a call for a free 15 minute phone conversation. All treatments are customized to your individual needs, health goals and body constitution. I look forward to working with you!