How to Shrink Ovarian Cysts Naturally?
Let’s explore how Chinese herbal treatment can treat this condition.
What are ovarian cysts?
A woman has two ovaries located on either side of her uterus. These ovaries release an egg approximately every 28 days – part of the menstrual cycle – and also release oestrogen and progesterone which play an essential part in her fertility. An ovarian cyst describes a fluid-filled sac that is formed either within an ovary or on its surface. Most of the time these do not cause discomfort and are harmless.
What sort of ovarian cysts ?
There are however some sorts of ovarian cysts, for example those that are very large, that block the supply of blood to the ovary, or rupture, that can cause serious health problems. These include:
- Pelvic pain which can range from sharp stabbing pains to dull heavy sensations – this can also make intercourse painful
- Heavy, irregular or lighter than usual periods
- Difficulty in becoming pregnant
Many women suffer from ovarian cysts in conjunction with a number of other conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. In addition to being painful, if left untreated these conditions can seriously undermine a woman’s fertility.
In order to promote good reproductive health and to maximise fertility it is important that these cysts are treated. Many women are reluctant to undergo surgery for ovarian cysts – the standard western medical treatment for ovarian cysts – as there are obvious risks of scarring and impairing future fertility. Traditional Chinese Medicine – TCM – has a long track record of curing ovarian cysts in a non invasive way through the use of natural Chinese herbal treatments and through the use of acupuncture. In the following article we will explore Ovarian cysts through the lens of TCM and provide links to the substantial research in this fascinating field of medicine.
TCM view of ovarian cysts
Yin Pathology - Accumulation of Phlegm - Blood Stagnation
When we are in good health Yin and Yang will we well balanced.
Yin represents cool, water and the feminine and Yang represents heat, dry, and masculine energy. When Yin and Yang are out of balance ill health results. TCM interprets ovarian cysts as resulting from a Yin Pathology – there is too much Yin that is not sufficiently controlled by Yang. This Yin Pathology creates an overabundance of fluids which start to coagulate in the ovaries. This then transforms into Phlegm which further causes dampness – and for the Blood to stagnate. This manifests in swollen, bloated cysts.
So how does TCM treat cysts?
As too much Yin is the underlying cause of an ovarian cyst it is important that we boost the amount of Yang energy in the body to dry up the Yin which in turn will encourage the cysts to dissolve. It works in just the same way as using the heat from a hair dryer dries out wet hair! When we seek to treat cysts, our main treatment goal is to add energy to (or in TCM language to Tonify) the Kidneys, to dry up and move Dampness and Phlegm, and to shift any stagnant Blood.
What is Yang energy and how can we boost it?
Yang is the warming and moving aspect of life. We can see Yang energy in ourselves when we go for a run and become hot and sweaty. To boost Yang energy and to control the slow, cold sinking Yin energy, we can use Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Treatment, and to make simple effective changes to our diet and lifestyle. Many women suffering with Ovarian Cysts will often experience hormone imbalances and may find it difficult to ovulate. When supporting patients with acupuncture treatment for ovarian cysts we therefore not only seek to shrink the cysts, but also work to bring balance to her hormones and to support effective ovulation. Here at GinSen we use a variety of acupuncture techniques to help improve blood flow to the reproductive organs and to also optimise ovulation.
How does acupuncture work to shrink ovarian cysts naturally?
Acupuncture is a research backed treatment for ovarian cysts and there are a number of large scale studies that demonstrate that it is helpful at promoting fertility in general and reducing endometriosis. Through the use of sterile, single use stainless steel needles we are able to activate a number of Yang promoting acupuncture points which are located throughout the body. Much of the treatment will be aimed at warming up the lower abdomen – in addition to using the needles your practitioner may well use Moxa – a warming herb – to bring energy and that all important Yang to the area. You may well receive treatment to your legs and lower back – which relate to your Kidneys, and some points on your feet and torso to help nourish your Spleen – essential when we seek to move an accumulation of Phlegm.
Depending on the severity of your condition you could expect to see a benefit after 6-8 sessions of acupuncture. GinSen’s acupuncture practitioners have extensive experience of helping women recover from this condition.
Chinese Herbs for Ovarian Cysts – let’s boost our Yang naturally!
Ovary Maintenance by GinSen provide a natural treatment for ovarian cysts. They support ovarian health and also promote fertility. These natural supplements are a gentle yet effective herbal blend that support regular ovulation, healthy eggs and promote hormonal balance.
Woman’s Life Power has been tailor made for women trying to conceive. This supplement improves egg quality, balances hormones and are helpful at dealing with fertility issues related to FSH, AMH levels, PCOS, and irregular ovulation. In addition they smooth out menstrual irregularities and discomfort.
Mugwort is considered a hot Yang herb. It is used in TCM to warm up acupuncture points and to eliminate excess Phlegm. It works by ridding the body of damp and cold and boosts blood flow – thus it is excellent at moving Stagnant Blood.
Lifestyle tips to help move ovarian cysts
- Lets get moving – increasing the amount of exercise that you do every day can help to get things moving. Try to incorporate a few short walks into your daily routine or boost your Yang by having a quick dance around the kitchen to your favourite song.
- You are what you eat – what you eat may affect cyst development so try to reduce your intake of carbohydrates such as white bread, white potatoes and pastries. Try to fill up instead on high fibre food such as lean protein found in Chicken, Fish and Tofu and anti-inflammatory food such as Ginger, Turmeric and Tomatoes. Eating healthy is delicious!
- Treat yourself to a massage. The pain of an ovarian cyst can cause the surrounding muscles to tense up which can be particularly uncomfortable during a period. Massaging your lower back thighs, buttocks, and stomach promotes blood flow, helping to loosen tense muscles and reduce pain.
Get in touch today
For more information about how Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help to free you from the misery of ovarian cysts please book your free consultation today – you can get in touch here!
For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help you to shrink ovarian cysts naturally, book your free consultation with our Chinese Medicine experts today
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.