Uterine Fibroidsaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Gynecological Conditions

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What are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. Also known as fibromyomas, leiomyomas, or myomas, these fibroids can range in size from undetectable by the human eye to bulky masses that can distort and enlarge the uterus. You might have a single fibroid or multiple ones.

In extreme cases, multiple fibroids can expand the uterus so much that it reaches the rib cage and can add weight. Many women are unaware they have fibroids because they often cause no symptoms. However, fibroids can lead to heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged periods, pelvic pressure or pain, and frequent urination.

How does TCM view Uterine Fibroids?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), uterine fibroids are viewed as a manifestation of imbalances within the body's natural systems. TCM does not isolate the fibroids as merely a physical issue but sees them as indicators of underlying disharmonies such as Qi Stagnation, Blood stasis, Dampness accumulation, or an imbalance of Yin and Yang.

Treatment in TCM focuses on correcting these imbalances through a holistic approach that includes herbal medicine, acupuncture, and dietary modifications, aiming to dissolve the fibroids and restore reproductive health.

Causes of Uterine Fibroids According to TCM

TCM attributes the formation of uterine fibroids to several key patterns, primarily Blood Stagnation and Qi Stagnation, which can lead to the accumulation of Dampness and the formation of masses. Blood Stagnation, often caused by emotional stress, physical trauma, or cold exposure, results in the improper flow of Blood, contributing to the development of fibroids.

Qi Stagnation, associated with emotional upset, can also contribute to the formation of fibroids by disrupting the smooth flow of energy and Blood within the body. Addressing these root causes is essential for the effective treatment and prevention of uterine fibroids in TCM.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Uterine Fibroids

To address the complex issue of uterine fibroids, TCM relies on a variety of herbal formulas designed to invigorate Blood, dispel Blood Stagnation, harmonize the Liver and Spleen, and dissolve Phlegm. Formulas such as Di Dang Tang, Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, Wen Jing Tang, Da Huang Zhe Chong Wan, and Dang Gui Shao Yao San are commonly prescribed based on the specific pattern of disharmony.

These formulas contain potent herbs like Leeches (Shui Zhi), Peach Kernels (Tao Ren), Cinnamon Twigs (Gui Zhi), and Rhubarb (Da Huang), known for their effectiveness in promoting Blood circulation, dissolving masses, and alleviating pain.

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

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation
  • Formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen

Acupoints for Uterine Fibroids

Alongside herbal therapy, acupuncture plays a vital role in the TCM treatment of uterine fibroids. Specific acupoints, such as Fenglong ST-40, are targeted to resolve Dampness and Phlegm, calm the Mind, and subdue Rebellious Qi.

By stimulating these points, TCM practitioners aim to restore the harmonious flow of Qi and Blood throughout the body, addressing the root causes of fibroids and promoting overall reproductive health. This integrated approach underscores TCM's comprehensive strategy in managing and treating uterine fibroids.

See more details below about Fenglong ST-40, an acupoint used to address uterine fibroids.

  • By Meridian
  • Stomach Channel
Fenglong ST-40

Fenglong ST-40

Midway between Dubi ST-35 and Jiexi ST-41, two middle finger-width from the anterior crest of the tibia, or one middle finger-width from Tiaokou ST-38.

TCM Herbs for Uterine Fibroids

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

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

"Herbs that invigorate the Blood" recommended for uterine fibroids

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Leeches (Shui Zhi) Di Dang Tang
Tabanus Horseflies (Meng Chong) Di Dang Tang
Peach Kernels (Tao Ren) Tao He Cheng Qi Tang
Ground Beetles (Tu Bie Chong) Da Huang Zhe Chong Wan
Flying Squirrel Faeces (Wu Ling Zhi) Not applicable

"Purgative herbs that drain downward" recommended for uterine fibroids

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Rhubarb (Da Huang) Tao He Cheng Qi Tang | Da Huang Zhe Chong Wan
Niter (Xiao Shi) Not applicable