Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ovarian Cysts In Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

Ovarian cysts affect women of all ages, especially during a woman's childbearing years. Most ovarian cysts are functional and benign but some can become cancerous. Some ovarian cysts can cause bleeding and pain such as endometriomas/chocolate cysts and surgery is required for any cyst larger than 5 cms in diameter or if the cyst has interfered with the extruding of mature follicle. Traditional Chinese medicine defines ovarian cyst is a medical condition caused by excess-dampness (caused by blood and fluid stasis) accumulated in the abdomen and gradually coalesces into phlegm, that can manifest as that can manifest as ovarian cysts or various kinds, including chocolate cysts.

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I. Symptoms
There is ONLY A slight difference between traditional Chinese medicine and conventional medicine when comes to symptoms of ovarian cysts
1. Lower abdominal pain
2. Irregular menstrual periods
3. Pressure and pain in the abdomen
4. Long-term pelvic pain during menstrual period
5. Pelvic pain after strenuous exercise or sexual intercourse
6. Pain or pressure with urination or bowel movements
7. Nausea and vomiting
8. Vaginal pain or spots of blood from vagina
9. Infertility
10. Painful sex
11. Breast tenderness
12. dizziness
13. Fatigue and tiredness
14. Added on symptoms according to traditional Chinese medicine
a) Pale tongue
b) Poor appetite
c) Loose stool
d) Pale face and bright face
e) Sweating with little exertion
f) Shallow breathing
g) Prolonged headache
h) Chest distention
i) Hypochondriac pain
j) Diarrhea or consipation
k) Depression and mood swing
l) Etc.


II. Causes of ovarian cysts
1. Stress
Since liver is opened to the spirit factors, prolonged period working or living in high stress environment will cause abnormal function of liver in moving blood in the vessels as a result of qi stagnation, leading to blood stasis in the abdomen cavity, including the ovaries.

2. Cold and raw food diet
Cold and raw food diet damage the stomach function in food qi and essence absorption, thus decreasing the transformation of above to spleen, leading to spleen deficiency.

3. Oilly and greasy food diet
Oilly and greasy food increases the risk of accumulated of turbid and dampness in the body caused by stomach's inability to digest food properly, leading to kidney qi deficiency in distributing and moving fluid upward.

4. Environment toxin
Environment toxins decrease the body function in regulating the cells oxidation, leading to abnormal cell growth, including the ovarian cysts.

5. Artificial ingredients
Artificial ingredients are harmful to our body organs. They besides reduce our immune system in fighting against the forming of free article, but also damage the stomach function in food qi and essence distribution as well as increasing the risk of turbid accumulation.

6. Working environment
Working environment either too hot or too cod will affect the kidney function in fluid distribution, as a result of the depletion of either yin or yang in the body.

7. Excessive alcohol drinking
Excessive drinking damages the liver function in blood formation and blood storing and interferes with the stomach proper function.

8. Etc.

II. Differentiation
1. Spleen qi deficiency
Spleen is a vital organ in absorbing food essence and distributing qi and fluid to body organs. If for what ever reason (due to prolong period intake of raw and cold food or working in cold environment, etc.), causing deficiency of kidney in fluid distribution and lung and liver qi in moving blood in the vessels, leading to fluid retention and blood stagnation

2. Kidney yin or yang deficiency
As kidney no longer received enough qi to move fluids up to nourish the body organs and qi upward, it causes fluids accumulated in the admen, leading to pathogen of excess -dampness, resulting in heat being generated, leading to phlegm, the major causes of lumps and cysts.

3. Blood stasis
If liver function in blood formation and transporting blood to the heart vessels are distorted due to liver qi stagnation, then blood can not move freely and smoothly through the blood vessels, leading to blood stagnation.

IV. Treatments
A. Spleen deficiency
AA. With Chinese herbs
1. Codonopsis (Dang shen)
It is one of the most used herb that reinforces the spleen, nourishes blood.

2. Ginseng (Ren shen)
Ginseng is a very powerful qi tonic herb and used to tonify original Qi and extreme qi deficiency.

3. Astragalus (Huang qi)
it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in tonifying spleen and lung qi and raising spleen and stomach qi.

4. Jujube Dates (Da zao)
It is a good herb for tonifying spleen qi and short of breath and nourishing blood.

A.B. Acupuncture
Acupuncture suggested points
1. CV12 (Zhong wan)
2. ST36 (Zu san lin)
3. SP6 (San yin jao)
4. SP3 (Tai bai)
5. UB20 (Pi shu)
6. UB21 (Wei shu)
7. CV6 (Qi hai)
8. Etc.

3. Foods
a) Pumpkin
b) Carrot
c) Lamb
d) Ginger tea
e) Brown rice
f) Avoid intake of raw, cool, cold foods and foods with artificial ingredients.

B. Kidney deficiency
B.A. With Chinese herbs

1. Rehmannia glutinosa (shu li huang)
Rehmannia glutinose besides has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating kidney disorder, it also helps to restore the balance of yin yang qi of the kidney resulting in lessening the symptoms of water retention, weight gain for women with pre menstrual syndrome. It is said to contains substances which help to improve sexual desire before and after ovulation.


2.Morinda root ( ba ji tian)
Morinda root besides has been used in traditional medicine in treating yang kidney qi deficiency, it also helps to improve immune system before ovulation resulting in lessening the nervous tension for some women with PMS.


3. Cuscuta (tu si zi)
Cuscuta is a kidney tonic medicine, it helps to balance the yin and qi of the kidney resulting in reducing symptoms of water retention for women with PMS. It is said to help in improving the sexual desire for women caused by yang kidney qi deficiency and reducing nervous tension.


4. Cinnamin bark (rou gui)
Cinnamin bark is qi tonic herb, it helps to release the qi stagnation of our body including liver and kidney, it also promotes the kidney yang qi circulation and healthy adrenal gland resulting in lessening the symptoms of nervous tension caused by over production of certain hormone in the adrenal gland.


5. Etc.


B.B. With acupuncture

Suggested acupuncture poimts

1. BL23 (Shen shu)

2. BL25 (Da chang shu)

3. BL 52 (Zhi shi)

4. DU4 (Governing meridian 4)

5. REN4 (Conception meridian 4)

6. REN6 (Conception meridian 6)

7. KD3 (Tai xi)

8. BL60 (Kun lun)

9. Etc.


B.C. With Foods

C.C.1. Kidney yin deficiency

a) String beans

b) Celery

c) Parsley

d) Grapes

e) Plum

f) Berries

g ) Sea salt

h) Etc.


C.C.2. Kidney yang deficiency

a) Onion

b) Radish

c) Pistachio nuts

d) Walnuts

e) Leek

f) Shrimp and lobster

g) Black pepper

h) Wheat germ

i) Etc.


C. Liver qi deficiency
1. With Chinese herbs
a) Chai Hu (Buplerum)
The cool herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating menstrual disorder ( including cramps and pain), chest pain and bloating caused by liver qi stagnation and spleen and stomach deficiency.

b) Bai shao (White peony root)
Bai shao has been used in nourishing blood, regulating menses due to blood deficiency caused by liver qi deficiency and alleviating pain.

c) Zhi ke (Bitter Orange Peel)
It is one of best herb used to move qi and reduce distention with deficiency by nourishing kidney and spleen.

d) Chuan qiong (Lovage root )
This herb is special good in invigorating blood, promoting qi flow, treating irregular period and painful period by tonifying liver, gallbladder.

e) Xiang fu (Nut grass )
Xiang fu is one of the herbs used to sooth and regulate qi, especially for liver qi deficiency, reduce abdmen cramps and pain caused irregular menses.

2. With acupuncture
Suggested acupuncture points
a) BL18 (Gan shu)
b) CV12 (Zhong guan)
c) CV17 (Shan zhong)
d) LR3 (Taichong)
e) SP4 (Gong sun)
f) ST36 (Zu san li)
g) LI4 (He gu)
h) Etc.

3 With Diet
a) Chicken
b)Tofu
c) Squash
4) Red and black date
5) Sweet potato
6) Garlic
7) Ginger
8. Etc.



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