Endometriosis, Painful Periods and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

There are hundreds if not thousands of women in Ireland whose lives are seriously incapacitated by debilitating pain every month either prior to, or during their menstrual cycles.

Endometriosis is the condition where  pieces of the endometrial lining attatch themselves to other areas within the abdominal cavity. These tissues are then subject to the same hormonal influences as the regular endometrium, and thus bleed during the menstrual cycle. This can cause excrutiating pain every month either prior to, but also during the menstrual cycle. Depending on the degree of attatchment, it can also cause adhesions, and in some cases difficulty in conceiving.

However, recent research from China, shows that Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, can eliminate painful periods (Dysmenorrea), and remedy Endometriosis.

Drs. Yang and Zhang, writing in Henan Traditional Chinese Medicine Journal, performed a study on 50 women with Dysmenorrea, due to a variety of causes, such as retroverted uterus, improper uterine development, abnormal thickening of the uterus, ovarian cysts, and uterine myomas. These women were treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, for up to 6 cycles, and all 50 showed significant if not total improvement.

Dr. He, writing in Sichuan Traditional Chinese Medicine Journal, describes the treatment of 40 women suffering Endometriosis with Chinese Herbal Medicine. In this study, 92.5% of the women were either cured completely, or had their symptoms significantly improved.

There are literally hundreds of articles of this kind, reported on in China every year.

In modern Western Medicine, Dysmanorrea is treated with temporary painkillers and birth control pills. Endometriosis is treted with surgery and Hormonal therapy. These may offer symptomatic relief but are invasive, expensive, or may have serious side effects.

Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, on the other hand are relatively low cost, non invasive, and have no side effects.

So why wait and suffer?

You dont have to suffer agonising pain every month, clutching your best friend the heating pad … or lose time from work or your life. There is an answer, and Traditional Chinese Medicine is it! And because Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), work by restoring balance to the whole body, and dont just treat the symptoms, not only is your major complaint brought under control, but your overall sense of health and well being is significantly improved also. 100 generations of Chinese Doctors have shown empirically that Chinese Medicine works. Now this is supported by modern clinical research!

For more information on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the treatment of Endometriosis and painful periods, see “Endometriosis,Infertility, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, A guide for Laywomen” by Blue Poppy Press.

For Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), please contact me: Mairead Fahy RGN, Dip Ac and TCM, L Ac Nanjing (China),  The Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic, The Palms Centre, The Avenue, Gorey, Co. Wexford.

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