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Having Uterine Fibroids is Not a Good Enough Reason for a Hysterectomy

Uterine fibroids are also known as leiomyomas, myomas, or fibroid tumors. They are outgrowths of solid muscle tissue in the uterus. Fibroids more commonly develop in up to 50% of all women past the age of 40 and are now considered a normal irregularity. Sometimes, the fibroid can become really big that some medical documents report of fibroids reaching 100 pounds! Most fibroids, however, just grow to the size of a walnut.

Fibroids are the leading reason for hysterectomies in the United States

Although uterine fibroids develop from unknown causes, doctors suspect that estrogens, particularly estradiol, play a major role in their development. Fibroids tend to vanish after menopause but because the levels of estrogen can increase during the onset of menopause, fibroids that are previously asymptomatic and can develop in the years just prior to the stoppage of menstruation, resulting in symptoms like severe menstrual bleeding and pain, bowel difficulties, urinary incontinence or frequency, pain during sexual intercourse, and a heavy sensation in the abdomen.

White women are nine times LESS LIKELY to develop fibroids than women of other races.

Fibroid tumors are usually benign and non-cancerous. A tumor is not a cancer or malignancy. It’s just a growth or a swelling. In rare instances (<0.1%), these fibroids can turn malignant.

Fibroids that are small tend to vanish spontaneously. The problem is with larger fibroids which are difficult to resolve, although not impossible to treat as they tend to respond to natural modes of therapy.

The uterus is considered part of the lowermost energy center in the body known as the “root chakra.” This is where unexpressed anger is said to reside. Some alternative healing practitioners believe that by allowing the anger to safely be expressed, it can prevent the development of any unwanted growths in these organs

One case I encountered was a woman suffering from menstrual cramping and uterine fibroids. I recommended her to embark on a vigorous exercise program. Within three months, she came back and reported that her menstrual cramps as well as her fibroids disappeared. Irregular ovulation seems to exacerbate the fibroids. Exercise helps bring about regular ovulation.

The size of fibroids can be considerably reduced by eating three or more servings of beans or whole grains each day. Not only that, eating these foods can also help prevent you from developing endometrial and breast cancers.

Estrogen can be metabolized which helps reduce the size of fibroids and the liver can also be strengthened by using herbs such as yellow dock root, milk thistle seed, and dandelion.

Small fibroids can be further shrunk within a couple of months with just 27 drops of chasteberry tincture or Vitex two to four times a day.

Moxibustion, which is the burning of moxa leaves over the site of the fibroids, can help shrink the size of your fibroids as well.

Acupuncture is also an excellent way to shrink fibroids.

Used internally, poke root should be used in tincture form (1 to 10 drops each day). For external use it can serve as a belly rub oil to alleviate fibroid-related distress and pain. Poke root is considered poisonous and it is difficult to find one in the market for obvious reasons so caution must be used when using this herb.

Ginger compresses or warm castor oil packs on the belly can help lessen fibroid size and alleviate pain.

There is still debate on the effectiveness of progesterone for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Some doctors believe that fibroids develop because of lack of progesterone in a woman’s body. Other doctors argue that progesterone only increases the size of the fibroids. This is seen when fibroids tend to enlarge in size during pregnancy. Pregnancy is the time the body produces large amounts of progesterone; menopause, on the other hand, is the time when progesterone levels drop. Regardless of who’s right or wrong, eating the right amounts of beans and whole usually positively alters progesterone/ estrogen ratio and decreases fibroid size.

Fibroid size can be reduced by avoiding estrogen exposure. To achieve this, avoid using tampons that have been bleached since chlorine can mimic the effects of estrogen. Also, eat organic foods and avoid exposure to estrogen-mimicking residues from pesticides and herbicides used on food crops

Nowadays, because of major advances in surgical treatments, women suffering from uterine fibroids avail themselves of surgical options other than hysterectomy (uterus extraction). These include suprecervical hysterectomy, myomectomy, uterine embolization, and hysteroscopic resection.

More than a third of women in the US at the age of sixty and beyond have their wombs surgically removed. In my opinion, the presence of non malignant fibroids is never a good enough for a hysterectomy. Save for very rare exceptions, no woman is healthier without her ovaries. So, even if you decide on a hysterectomy, it’s always wise to keep your ovaries.

Nelya de Brun is a licensed acupuncturist in Boynton Beach, FL., practicing acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Western medical pathology. She is also the founder of Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC.

The Sagacity of Using TCM Treatments Instead of Standard Care for the Treatment of IBS

A recent UK study conducted by the University of York, Department of Health Studies revealed promising outcomes in the use of acupuncture for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (irritable bowel syndrome) in Vancouver.

Although the report of the study has the typical pandering that consigns alternative modes of treatment as complementing conventional medicine, the study revealed some interesting results.

The study involved a total of 233 patients whose symptom severity scores (SSS) were 100 or above and who had been suffering IBS for an average of 13 years. They were equally divided into a couple of treatment protocols. One group was treated with conventional treatment while the other half was given once a week acupuncture treatment for 10 weeks plus conventional treatment also for 10 weeks.

The group treated with acupuncture plus standard care manifested greater decreases in their SSS scores; moreover, these improvements endured for three, six, and nine months up to a whole year after the trial when the patient reported for follow-up testing.

Since it was obvious that conventional treatments did not work for these patients who had used them for more than a decade, how come it took this long for this report to consider acupuncture in a nation that provides free healthcare to all its citizens?

Because mainstream medicine has little to offer IBS patients, in order to manage their IBS these people have to normally resort to watching what they eat to avoid triggering symptoms.

Managing stress and watching one’s diet to prevent the rise of IBS is also recommended by Chinese medicine practitioners. For the treatment of IBS, acupuncturists focus on harmonizing spleen and liver chi by using Chinese herbs and acupuncture.

What is Acupuncture?

For most people living in Western societies, it may be difficult for them to understand TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It may be even more difficult for Western trained physicians to grasp the fundamentals of this five millennia old medical tradition. TCM has underlying principles and paradigms that are entirely different from Western medical concepts.

The diagnoses of TCM are made based on chi or organ energy functions and not physical or biochemical. These diagnoses determine what kind of herbs is prescribed and what acupoints are to be needled. Acupuncture is used to stimulate those chi energies to remove any blockage to its flow along well-charted energy channels known as meridians.

Rather than using lots of invasive biopsies, X-rays, and blood tests, practitioners of TCM are able to identify excess, obstructed or deficient chi and how it is associated with a patient’s health by knowing the quality of the patient’s pulse with their fingers.

Moreover, these practitioners will closely observe the patient’s tongue and detect any signs that are often ignored while observing the patient’s symptoms.

This unique way of diagnosing a condition and reading your symptoms can be amazing. These practitioners can even determine your health trend and consequences even before the technology used by western medicine can. This means that before it becomes a full blown physical reality, a health problem can be identified by diagnosing at the subtle chi energy.

When a diagnosis has been made, the practitioner can recommend a prescription of herbs and an intervention of acupuncture treatments. For people who are impatient and want to see results ASAP, TCM may not be for them. What they will miss, however, are results of real improved health and oftentimes, even a cure.

Sadly and for financial reasons, Big Pharma, the FDA, and AMA, collectively known as the Medical Mafia are good at maintaining their toxic hold on the type of healthcare you get, a type of healthcare that is not meant to cure a condition but to merely address the symptoms and one that even creates more medical issues than it cures. Even though they are less expensive, these “alternative” treatments are denied coverage by the insurance industry.

The type of healthcare leaves patients feeling some sort of symptomatic relief and oftentimes believe they are cured when they’re not. They are on this cycle of sick care where palliative treatment is given that may relieve symptoms but at the same times create additional sicknesses from the side effects of radiations from X-rays and CT scans, antibiotics, toxic pharmaceuticals, and reactions from toxic injections utilized for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).