Fibroids according to Chinese Medicine

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Fibroids can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like fibroids here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here fibroids is often associated with irregular menstruation, painful period and lochia retention in the pattern “Blood Stagnation and Phlegm in the Uterus”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of fibroids we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Blood Stagnation and Phlegm in the Uterus, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause fibroids

In Chinese Medicine fibroids is a symptom for the pattern "Blood Stagnation and Phlegm in the Uterus". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Blood Stagnation and Phlegm in the Uterus

In addition to fibroids, other symptoms associated with Blood Stagnation and Phlegm in the Uterus include irregular menstruation, painful period and lochia retention.

Blood Stagnation and Phlegm in the Uterus is often treated with Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Cinnamon Twigs - Gui Zhi - as a key herb). Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Promotes Blood and lymphatic circulation, thus eleminates Blood Stagnation".

Read more about Blood Stagnation and Phlegm in the Uterus here

A herbal formula that might help with fibroids

Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Promotes Blood and lymphatic circulation, thus eleminates Blood Stagnation. Softens and resolves hard lumps such as cysts and fibroids.

Why might Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan help with fibroids?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Stagnation and Phlegm in the Uterus' of which fibroids is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Blood Stagnation And Phlegm In The Uterus include irregular menstruation, painful period and lochia retention.

Read more about Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan here

Acupuncture points used for fibroids

The three Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat fibroids

Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with fibroids?

Because it is a key herb in Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood Stagnation and Phlegm in the Uterus' (a pattern with fibroids as a symptom)

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney, the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit.

Read more about Poria-Cocos Mushrooms here

Why might Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi) help with fibroids?

Because it is a key herb in Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood Stagnation and Phlegm in the Uterus' (a pattern with fibroids as a symptom)

Cinnamon Twigs is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Adjusts the nutritive Ying and defensive Wei Qi. Relieves the Exterior through sweating. Warms and disperses Cold. Removes obstruction of Yang. Promotes the circulation of Yang Qi in the chest. Regulates and moves blood.

Read more about Cinnamon Twigs here

Why might Flying Squirrel Faeces (Wu Ling Zhi) help with fibroids?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat fibroids as can be seen on Flying Squirrel Faeces's page.

Flying Squirrel Faeces is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Disperses congealed Blood in the lower abdomen and uterus and relieves pain. Promotes childhood nutrition with Cold Stagnation and focal abdominal swelling.

Read more about Flying Squirrel Faeces here