Endometrial Hyperplasiaaccording to TCM

What is Endometrial Hyperplasia?

Endometrial hyperplasia is a medical condition characterized by the thickening of the uterine lining, caused by an excess proliferation of endometrial cells. This condition can lead to symptoms such as irregular menstruation, heavy menstrual bleeding, and in some cases, can increase the risk of developing uterine cancer. It is often associated with hormonal imbalances, particularly an excess of estrogen without adequate progesterone to counterbalance it. Addressing endometrial hyperplasia is crucial for preventing more serious complications and maintaining reproductive health.

How does TCM view Endometrial Hyperplasia?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches endometrial hyperplasia through a holistic lens, seeing it as a symptom of underlying disharmonies within the body. According to TCM, the health of the endometrium is closely linked to the balance of Qi, Blood, and the functional integrity of the Kidney, Liver, and Spleen systems.

TCM emphasizes that symptoms such as excessive endometrial growth arise when these systems are out of balance, leading to conditions like Qi And Blood Stagnation or Cold in the Uterus. Identifying and treating the specific pattern of disharmony is essential in TCM practice, highlighting a fundamental difference from the Western medical focus on the symptom alone.

Causes of Endometrial Hyperplasia According to TCM

In TCM, endometrial hyperplasia is often seen as the result of specific imbalances, such as Blood Stagnation, Full Cold in the Directing and Penetrating Vessels or Cold in the Uterus. Blood Stagnation can lead to the accumulation of Blood within the Uterus, contributing to the thickening of the endometrial lining.

Similarly, Cold in the Uterus refers to a decrease in the warm, Yang energy that is necessary for regular and healthy menstruation, further exacerbating the condition. These patterns underscore the importance of a balanced flow of energy and substances within the body to maintain uterine health.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Endometrial Hyperplasia

To address the underlying causes of endometrial hyperplasia, TCM recommends the use of specific formulas that invigorate Blood, dispel Cold. One such formula is Wen Jing Tang, which includes Cinnamon Twigs (Gui Zhi) as a key herb. This formula is particularly suited for treating Cold in the Uterus and Qi And Blood Stagnation, with Gui Zhi warming the channels and facilitating the flow of Qi and Blood.

By targeting the root causes of endometrial hyperplasia, such as Cold and Stagnation, TCM aims to restore the natural balance and health of the uterus, offering a holistic approach to treatment.

See more details below about Wen Jing Tang, a herbal formula used to address endometrial hyperplasia.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation

TCM Herbs for Endometrial Hyperplasia

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address endometrial hyperplasia, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Herbs that warm the interior and/or expel cold