Endometriosis in TCM

A different view of Endometriosis in TCM and the alternative treatments.

If in Western Medicine, endometriosis is defined as a condition when the endometrial tissue has migrated outside of the uterus and thus it causes pain when the lining of the uterus sheds off during monthly period, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is often looked at as the combination of both Blood Stagnation and Qi Stagnation.

Growth of abdominal masses as indicated in this imbalance is believed to have likely begun with the stagnation of Qi that is brought about by the Liver Qi stagnation.  In Chinese Medicine, it is believed that wherever the Qi goes, then the Blood goes too thus when there is Qi stagnation, Blood Stagnation is likely to occur and develop.

Causes of Endomitriosis in TCM

The liver has the ability to control the Qi in the entire body and the Liver organ system is believed to be closely related to the Uterine blood and to the menstrual cycle.  Thus, when there are mass that develops and growths outside of the uterus, the problem could be sourced from Liver Qi stagnation.  So, the usual remedy is to either utilize Chinese herbs that could directly remedy the problem or the alternative is the use of Qi Gong meditation.

In the TCM, it is believed that pain along the lower ribs or chronic abdominal pain or the kind that comes and goes is a manifestation of suppressed anger and resentment.  They believe that the person who is prone to anger and frustration will have this kind of pain as a result.  Thus, using the QI Gong medication techniques  specifically designed to release these emotions is the better kind of remedy.

External Cold Phlegm is another probable cause of endometriosis.  This is a result of prolonged exposure to dam conditions.  Sitting on cold cement or rocks, being in a wet bathing suit for an extended period of time, exposure to the cold climate all contribute to this condition.  When the body could not anymore protect itself through the Weir Qi or the immune system, this internal dampness that is caused by the cold could cause sharp pain in the uterus because the uterine fibroids are heightened by the cold.  The usual remedy in TCM are Qi tonics that are considered Yang and thus are warm to they have the ability to decrease the internal dampness.  However, if the cold and damp have been taken for granted and has developed into Internal Dampness, it takes longer to reverse the condition.