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Ovarian Cysts

An ovarian cyst is an abnormal accumulation of fluid that can appear in or on an ovary.

While it is not a life-threatening situation, it can be viewed as a disruption in the body’s healthy processes. Women who have cysts likely have a hormone imbalance and are not ovulating optimally.

The majority of cysts are painless but some symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal discomfort

  • Pelvic pain

  • Infertility or recurring miscarriages

  • Fullness of heaviness in your abdominal area

  • Feeling of pressure on your bladder

According to traditional Chinese medicine views, the main reason for the collection of these fluids is failure of the kidney to “steam” the water upward. Therefore this is a result of kidney yang deficiency.

Unlike conventional medicine treatment, the Chinese medical approach is holistic, and thus not only treats the cyst, but also simultaneously focuses on enhancing fertility and overall health.

As the Kidneys are the controlling organs of reproduction, when treating cysts the main goal is to nourish the kidneys and transform the built-up dampness and phlegm. Acupuncture is an effective complementary therapy not only in relieving the pain and symptoms of cysts but also to reduce the size and prevent further occurrence.

By targeting specific points on the body, acupuncture addresses cysts and fibroids by:

  • Balancing hormones

  • Regulating menstrual cycles

  • Reducing inflammation

  • Relieving pain

  • Promoting proper blood flow

Acupuncture is certainly an effective natural solution particularly for women who are trying to conceive and do not wish to use birth control or daily medication.


DIETARY THERAPY

This is an essential element of Chinese Medicine. If you are trying to reduce the growth of cysts, you need to look into eliminating phlegm-producing foods.

This includes:

Cheese

Ice cream

Soy

Wheat

Sugar

Often herbal formulas are used in conjunction with Acupuncture, Diet and Lifestyle modification.

Certain Chinese herbal remedies that are helpful in reducing and preventing cysts and dissolving phlegm include Barley and Orange peel. Other supplements you may consider include: Chromium, Cinnamon, Saw Palmetto, Calcium, Green Tea, etc.

As there is a wide range of beneficial supplements it is important to consult your practitioner to create a customary diet and personal plan of treatment that will suit you.

© Casey Dorman 2020