POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)
Did you know that according to Chinese medicine PCOS, Fibroids and Endometriosis all have something in common?
Chinese medicine diagnosis can be quite complex when it comes to understanding the root cause of any disharmony in the body. For PCOS, fibroids and endometriosis, many of the Chinese medicine diagnoses are the same, they are simply manifesting differently. The two main concerns are blood stasis and an accumulation of phlegm or dampness in the lower abdomen. Let's explore these more closely...
What is blood stasis?
Blood stasis occurs when there is a lack of movement in the blood vessels creating stagnation that lends to a whole host of symptoms. Often times it can be seen as menstrual cramping, blood clots during your flow, dark red, purple or even black menstrual blood and even sharp / stabbing pain in other areas of your body. Sometimes blood stasis occurs due to lack of physical movement or being exposed to cold environments repeatedly over time. Other times it is due to internal physiological processes that need to be harmonized and nourished in order to heal.
What is dampness?
Dampness usually occurs when there is a deficiency in the digestive system leading to an excess of fluids that do not have any nutritional value, therefore having no where to go to be processed. This can be seen as generalized water retention, puffiness, edema, sticky stools, foggy headedness or a feeling of heavy limbs. Phlegm is a progression of dampness, leading to lumps and bumps such as tumors, cysts and nodules throughout your body. It can also be seen as an excess of mucus in your nose, stools or even vaginal discharge.
How can Chinese medicine help to heal these issues?
In order to treat PCOS, endometriosis or fibroids, we need to determine the root case or the reason they are occurring in the first place. Wether the cause is blood stasis, dampness, phlegm or a combination or other factors, they can all be treated by using acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary or lifestyle recommendations and possibly vaginal steaming. Once your acupuncturist has determined your diagnosis, they will decide on the appropriate treatment plan for your individualized needs.