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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Endometriosis: The Effects of Acupuncture

Posted by Chantel Martiromo, Research article by Kyle J. Norton

During the last stage of the menstrual cycle, normally a layer of endometriosis lining on the inside of the uterus is expelled, known as menstruation blood, instead some of the endometriosis tissues grow somewhere in the body to cause endometriosis. Endometriosis also react to hormone signals of the monthly menstrual cycle, by building and breaking up tissues and eliminating them through menstrual period.

Acupuncture is one the oldest forms of Chinese medical treatments. It has been around for over 2500 years. It is a technique of inserting and manipulating the fine needles into specific energy points on the body with the aim of relieving pain(364) and restoring the flow of energy known as Qi and blood stagnation(365). Chinese medical practitioners believe, by restoring the balance of Yin and Yang Qi(3), the body will heal itself(363).

1. Diagnosis Normally, the first session with a Chinese medicine practitioner, He or she will take your pulses and blood pressure and through a series of questions such as your living style, medical history, body function, and symptoms of the disease.
These questions are used as a base to find a holistic pattern of disharmony in the body as well as forming a foundation for future treatment.

2. Find the causes Since each individual has a pattern that marks the foundation and progression of the disease it is important to diagnose the patient according to their own specific pattern because it is believed that there are many factors including blood stagnation, energy stagnation and deficiency(365), as well as cold and heat conditions that cause endometriosis.

3. Treatment The treatment of endometriosis with acupuncture usually involves placing fine needles on the energy points along the meridians(365)(366) on the abdomen, hands, and legs. Needles are usually retained for 30 to 45 minutes.
The acupuncture points and herbs chosen help to restore the free flow of energy and balance the qi in the body(365). In some cases, herbs are used to break up blood stagnation and stop pain(364)(368)(369) depending on the diagnosis of the individual.
(363) Acupuncture (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
(364) Characteristics of acupuncture treatment associated with outcome: an individual patient meta-analysis of 17,922 patients with chronic pain in randomised controlled trials by MacPherson H1, Maschino AC, Lewith G, Foster NE, Witt CM, Vickers AJ; Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration.(PubMed)
(365) Evidence Map of Acupuncture [Internet]. VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program Reports(PubMed)
(366) Relationship of acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissue planes by Langevin HM1, Yandow JA.(PubMed)
(367) Electrical impedance along connective tissue planes associated with acupuncture meridians by Ahn AC1, Wu J, Badger GJ, Hammerschlag R, Langevin HM.(PubMed)
(368) Japanese-style acupuncture for endometriosis-related pelvic pain in adolescents and young women: results of a randomized sham-controlled trial by Wayne PM1, Kerr CE, Schnyer RN, Legedza AT, Savetsky-German J, Shields MH, Buring JE, Davis RB, Conboy LA, Highfield E, Parton B, Thomas P, Laufer MR.(PubMed)
(369) Adolescent endometriosis-related pelvic pain treated with acupuncture: two case reports by Highfield ES1, Laufer MR, Schnyer RN, Kerr CE, Thomas P, Wayne PM.(PubMed)

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