dysfunctional uterine bleeding

Acupuncture and Abnormal Menstrual Cycles

In many cases dysfunctional uterine bleeding can be treated with traditional medicines and acupuncture. Chinese gynecology, known as "fu-ke" in the language of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), one of the most important approaches is herbal medicine. In actuality, more than just herbs are used, usually including roots, barks, flowers, and fruits. Endometriosis, postpartum disorders, premenstrual disorders, irregular periods, heavy bleeding, painful menstrual cycles, reduced fertility, hormone related emotional imbalances and pelvic pain, and menopausal syndromes, as well as many other gynecologic disorders can be treated with the help of acupuncture and herbal medicine.

My own experience suggests that acupuncture and Chinese herbology are effective and much less unpleasant and dangerous than hormonal treatments or surgery to treat the various forms of dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Sometimes bleeding is due to a structural problem, and surgery may be indicated. But there are other situations where the cause of the bleeding is unclear or does not require surgery, and these cases are sometimes termed "functional bleeding" or "dysfunctional bleeding". In these situations, the cyclical bleeding can be too heavy or too prolonged, and is known technically as menorrhagia. Bleeding can also be insufficient, and this is known as menoxemia. In a similar way, the absence of a bleeding cycle is known as amenorrhea, and painful bleeding is known as dysmenorrhea. Bleeding can also occur at irregular times, leading to a situation which the Chinese term "flooding and leaking". It is true that some women will require surgery or hormonal treatment for dysfunctional bleeding, but it makes sense to try to obtain relief with less-risky procedures first.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines and dietary therapy can be are very effective in correcting many of the complex physical and hormonal disorders which can lead to dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

The treatment of disorders of the lunar cycle with acupuncture usually requires a commitment to enough time to rebalance the body's systems. In general, the first goal of treatment is to stimulate at least 3 normal cycles. From this point, it may be possible to use plant medicines with only the occasional acupuncture treatment to control symptoms.

One method of improving health at a reasonable cost lies in the utilization of time tested acupuncture and Oriental medicine along with the best of Western medicine.

Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland for more than 27 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.

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