Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Endometriosis

What Is Endometriosis?


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.

What Patterns Are Related To 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:

Blood StagnationLiver Qi Stagnation

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Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Endometriosis?


Endometriosis - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy 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 and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with endometriosis:

1 Point Is Empirically Important For Endometriosis

Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Endometriosis

The Following (4)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Endometriosis

Ge Xia Zhu Yu Wan (Drive Out Blood Stasis Below The Diaphragm Decoction)

Clinical Usages

  • 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.

    Clinical Categorization


    • 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.

      Huo Luo Xiao Ling Wan (Miraculously Effective Pill To Invigorate The Collaterals)

      Clinical Usages

      • A range of pain related issues when they arise from qi and blood stagnation (both acute and chronic) - pain essentially anywhere in the body, bruises and swelling and other signs of stasis.  May often be combined with other formulas which deal more with the root issues.
      • Abdominal masses, fibroids, cysts as well as organ related issues such as cirrhosis, appendicitis and inflammatory conditions such as endometriosis.
      • May be used to help clear an ectopic pregnancy with the right factors.

        Clinical Categorization


        • Avoid during pregnancy.
        • Avoid with heavy menstrual bleeding.
        • 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)

          Clinical Usages

          • Uterine bleeding/spotting.
          • Abdominal/Uterine/Ovarian cramping.
          • Irregular menstruation, history of miscarriage - due to spleen failing to regulate the blood.

            Clinical Categorization


              • 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)

                Clinical Usages

                • 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.

                  Clinical Categorization


                  • Avoid during pregnancy.
                  • Not generally applicable to heavy menstrual bleeding coming from deficiency.

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