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Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Endometriosis - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses


Endometriosis - Basics

Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally grows inside the uterus is found growing outside the uterus, most commonly in the pelvic area. Although rare, these growths can also occur in the lungs, arm and other body parts. When menstruation occurs, these tissue growths respond the same as those inside the uterus--breaking down into blood and tissue and exiting the body. However the endometrial tissue growing outside the uterus has no place to go. This can cause heavy menstruation, severe menstrual cramping, intestinal pain, spotting or bleeding between periods, fatigue, painful urination and/or bowel movements during menstruation, and infertility in women with endometriosis.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Endometriosis.


Endometriosis - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of endometriosis generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of endometriosis:



Endometriosis - Tam Healing - Tong Ren Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for endometriosis that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Endometriosis


Endometriosis - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating endometriosis. For a complete list from our store with more details see our endometriosis formula section.


Endometriosis - Questions

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Using our forums our staff and our community may offer guidance with regards to the treatment of endometriosis.



Endometriosis - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (1) acupuncture point may be useful for endometriosis. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)




The following (3) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Endometriosis

Ge Xia Zhu Yu Wan

  • Drive Out Blood Stasis Below The Diaphragm Decoction
    • For blood stasis below the diaphgram - abdominal masses, liver and spleen masses/swelling, colitis.
    • A range of liver disorders are possibly applicable - cirrhosis, hepatic hemangioma, hepatitis, jaundice.
    • Spleen disorders - splenomegaly.
    • Pleural adhesions.
    • A range of menstrual disorders - fibroids, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea (although Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan may be more appropriate as that targets more the lower jiao).
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease.
    • May be used to help expel ectopic pregnancy.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • Use only under direction during menstruation.
    • Use only under direction if you are taking blood thinners.
    • Generally not for long term use.

Jiao Ai Wan

  • Ass-Hide Gelatin and Mugwort Formula
    • Uterine bleeding/spotting.
    • Abdominal/Uterine/Ovarian cramping.
    • Irregular menstruation, history of miscarriage.
  • Stop Bleeding
  • Tonify and Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases of beng lou (flooding and spotting) when caused by heat or accompanied with strong heat signs.

Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan

  • Abdominal Stasis Relief Pills
    • Qi and blood stagnation in the lower jiao - lower abdominal masses, fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis.
    • Fertility issues in both men and women with the right underlying signs - amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, irregular cycles, uterine bleeding.
    • Can be used to dispel ectopic pregnancy.
    • Ulcerative colitis, urinary stones.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • Not generally applicable to heavy menstrual bleeding coming from deficiency.



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