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Uterine Fibroids: Acupuncture Treatment



Uterine fibroids, a common condition in women, are closely linked to estrogen levels. They tend to shrink naturally with the onset of menopause. Unless they grow rapidly or cause significant uterine bleeding necessitating surgical removal, conservative treatment is usually preferred. Many patients with this condition seek acupuncture treatment.


The optimal acupuncture points for treating uterine fibroids are typically located in the lower abdomen and the inner side of the lower limbs, along the meridian lines.


Given acupuncture's regulatory effects on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, it's plausible that acupuncture can influence uterine fibroids by modulating estrogen levels. Clinical reports suggest a 73% cure rate and a 98% overall effectiveness rate for acupuncture in treating uterine fibroids, surpassing the efficacy of pharmacological treatments.


However, it's generally challenging to cure uterine fibroids with acupuncture alone, and prolonged treatment courses are often necessary. Smaller, multiple fibroids tend to respond better to acupuncture, whereas larger, more established fibroids may be more difficult to shrink with acupuncture alone and might require a combination of Chinese herbal medicine or other therapeutic approaches.

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