Endometriosisaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Gynecological Conditions

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What is Endometritis?

Endometritis is an inflammatory condition of the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus, typically caused by an infection. It can manifest through symptoms such as abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, fever, and in some cases, unusual vaginal discharge.

The condition often arises post-delivery or following procedures like a dilation and curettage, making it a significant concern for reproductive health. Recognizing and treating endometritis promptly is crucial to prevent further complications, such as fertility issues or chronic pain.

How does TCM view Endometritis?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, understanding endometritis requires identifying the patient's specific "pattern" of disharmony. A pattern in TCM is a comprehensive diagnostic framework that considers the interplay of physical symptoms, emotional state, and environmental factors.

This approach is pivotal because it guides the customization of treatment. TCM posits that effective healing is not just about addressing the symptoms but about correcting the underlying pattern of imbalance, ensuring the treatment is tailored to the individual's unique condition.

Causes of Endometritis According to TCM

In the framework of TCM, endometritis is often linked to specific imbalances, notably Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency and the obstruction of the Spleen by Dampness coupled with Liver Qi Stagnation. These conditions highlight the intricate relationship between the Spleen's role in transforming and transporting nutrients and the Liver's responsibility for the smooth flow of Qi and Blood throughout the body. When these functions are impaired, it can lead to the stagnation and accumulation of dampness and heat, creating an environment conducive to inflammation and infection, as seen in endometritis.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Endometriosis

To counteract the patterns leading to endometritis, TCM practitioners may prescribe formulas that invigorate Blood and dispel Blood Stagnation. One such formula is Dang Gui Shao Yao San, which prominently features White Peony Roots (Bai Shao).

This herb, known for its bitter, sour, and neutral properties, is particularly effective in addressing Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency and mitigating Obstruction Of the Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation. By employing such targeted treatments, TCM aims to rectify the underlying imbalances, thereby alleviating the symptoms and causes of endometritis from a holistic standpoint.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address endometriosis, organized by formula type.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation
  • Formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold

Acupoints for Endometriosis

See more details below about Siman KID-14, an acupoint used to address endometriosis.

  • By Meridian
  • Kidney Channel
Siman KID-14

Siman KID-14

2 cun below the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

TCM Herbs for Endometriosis

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

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that invigorate the blood
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Herbs that drain dampness
  • Herbs that warm the interior and/or expel cold

"Herbs that invigorate the Blood" recommended for endometriosis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Leeches (Shui Zhi) Di Dang Tang
Tabanus Horseflies (Meng Chong) Di Dang Tang

"Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency" recommended for endometriosis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang
Maltose (Yi Tang) Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang