Alternative Therapy for Uterine Fibroids
If you are in Sarasota, Florida and you have developed uterine fibroids, the good news is that there are acupuncture resources available to assist you with alternative options so that you can make an educated decision as you move forward. Acupuncture is an alternative Uterine Fibroids therapy method that originates in China where the practitioner focuses on stimulating imbalances in the body through meridian points. By incorporating this type of system, women are finding it easier to eliminate fibrosis and more importantly to prevent its return.
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors found in approximately 20% of women over 35 years of age. Women statistically develop uterine fibroids while in their third or fourth decade of life. Unfortunately, there is a chance that those fibroids will grow back if they are surgically removed. Studies have shown that almost seventy percent of hysterectomies that are performed could have been avoided with alternative methods. In this article, we will make the case for alternative uterine fibroids therapy.
There is a growing possibility that up to eighty percent of women have uterine fibroids. According to the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation, up to twelve hysterectomies are performed every ten minutes in the United States and a woman can expect at least six weeks recovery after surgery. The majority of symptoms are unrecognizable so women seek treatment when they become severe enough for surgery.
There are also side effects that you have to take into account if you decide to have a hysterectomy. There may be the issue in that your body may react negatively to the anesthesia. You may develop nausea in addition to feeling weak after taking the anesthesia. Infections may also occur. This is somewhat typical for many kinds of operations, but it’s still a factor. There have also been instances where there was excessive bleeding after an operation. A transfusion may be needed if this happens to you. Lastly, weight gain may happen as a result of the operation. There may be the instance where none of this happens however, it is important to know all of the risks upfront before having the surgery.
There has been an increase in the number of cases of women reported in having uterine fibroids. Doctors have pointed out that stress can be a primary factor in contributing to this increase. While the traditional ways of handling treatments has a temporary effect, women are looking at alternatives. The case has been made to incorporate significant lifestyle changes to combat this growing concern.
So what is the alternative for women who either want to prevent uterine fibroids or avoid having surgery? Remember when your grandmother used to say that “you are what you eat?” Well, it appears that the processed food along with all of the sugars and caffeine are detrimental to your health. And overindulgence of caffeine puts tremendous pressure on your liver. The liver organ is what metabolizes estrogen in your body. If the event that the liver is overwhelmed with getting rid of an abundance of estrogen in the system, it creates a breeding ground for the fibroids to flourish.
Just because you have to reduce your intake of processed food, sugars, and red meat doesn’t mean that you are going to starve. Fruits and vegetables are your friends and your body will reward you if you have at least four to five servings each and every day. The more colorful your plate is the better on your body. Your body actually craves those “yucky” vegetables like broccoli and spinach. These green vegetables aid the liver to get rid of uterine fibroids in a natural way.
Another alternative to ponder is acupuncture to treat uterine fibrosis. Chinese medicine sees uterine fibroids as the result of stagnated blood and chi, or the life force of energy, that flows through the body. This obstructs the normal process of menstruation resulting in menstrual pain, heavy menses and fertility problems. Treatment would include acupuncture and Chinese herbs to rebalance the body and correct the underlying cause for which caused the fibroids.
Acupuncture belongs to a system of medicine that is over 2000 years old. It involves the insertion of tiny needles that are as thin as a cat’s whisker. These needles are inserted into specific points on the body to stimulate the body to heal itself. Along with acupuncture, Chinese herbs are usually prescribed to again coerce the body to heal and rebalance itself.
So if you are a woman in the Sarasota area suffering with uterine fibroids, please be encouraged that surgery may not be your only option and that alternative therapies like acupuncture work wonders in healing the body. If you would like to take your health into your own hands, please call Lakewood Ranch Acupuncture and Wellness. We are never too busy to help you!
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Amanda Carter is a board-certified acupuncture physician and doctor of Oriental medicine practicing in Lakewood Ranch, Florida and servicing the surrounding cities: Sarasota, Bradenton, Ellenton, and Parrish.