Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids

Approximately 7 in every 10  women in Australia aged 50 and above experience uterine fibroids. They are defined as “benign (non-cancerous) growths that form in and around your uterus, either singularly or in groups.” Uterine fibroids vary in size from a walnut to an orange.

In severe cases, uterine fibroids can have debilitating effects on a person’s quality of life – it can even cause infertility. Chinese medicine may help alleviate the symptoms of uterine fibroids naturally while promoting the general wellbeing of the patient. This article analyses the role and efficacy of Chinese medicine for uterine fibroids.

Uterine Fibroids – Causes and Symptoms

Although the medical causes of uterine fibroids are not clear, the condition is usually associated with a hormonal imbalance (estrogen). Other risk factors for developing uterine fibroids include heredity, age, weight, race, diet, alcohol consumption, and birth control pills. Patients often experience the following symptoms:

  • Bladder and bowel complications (Incontinence)
  • Infertility
  • Leg pains or backaches  
  • Abnormal/irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pain

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Uterine Fibroids

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to treat uterine fibroids for centuries. Ancient texts recognize the non-cancerous growths as Zheng Xia (masses in the uterus). Fast forward to the 21st century, and uterine fibroids are still affecting a large number of women.

Traditional Chinese medicine has stood the test of time as a reliable treatment thanks to its efficacy and safety. Herbal remedies such as Guizhi Fuling are used to treat the symptoms of uterine fibroids and may control their growth.

The Guizhi Fuling Herbal Formula for Uterine Fibroids

The Guizhi Fuling herbal formula is a Traditional Chinese Medicine that contains a variety of herbs. The components of the herbal formula work together to promote uterine health, balance hormones, and shrink uterine fibroids. Some of these herbs include:

  • Cortex Moutan
  • Radix Paeoniae Alba
  • Radix Paeoniae Rubra
  • Semen Persicae
  • Poria
  • Ramulus Cinnamomi

What is the efficacy of the Guizhi Fuling herbal formula? This was the question asked by a group of Chinese researchers from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. In a systematic review appearing in The Journal of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research, Chen et al. (2014) analyzed 38 trials, involving nearly 4000 participants. Based on their findings, they concluded that “Guizhi Fuling Formula appears to have additional benefit based on mifepristone treatment in reducing the volume of fibroids.”

Take Action Against Uterine Fibroids!

While Chinese medicine may be a safe and efficient treatment for uterine fibroids, it is important to note that it is a highly individualised process. An acupuncturist at Centre of Balance Hamilton will create a treatment protocol based on your medical history, age, menstrual cycle, symptoms, and body constitution.

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Works Cited

Chen, N. N., Han, M., Yang, H., Yang, G. Y., Wang, Y. Y., Wu, X. K., & Liu, J. P. (2014). Chinese herbal medicine Guizhi Fuling Formula for treatment of uterine fibroids: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials. BMC complementary and alternative medicine14(1), 2.