Ovarian cysts are common and usually form during ovulation. The cysts are usually harmless and many women usually don’t have any symptoms. However, ovarian cysts can become a health concern.
They can be caused by endometriosis, it happens when the lining of the uterus (womb) grows outside of the uterus. In some women, the ovaries make many small cysts. This is called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which can cause problems with the ovaries and with getting pregnant. Lastly Cystadenomas cysts can grow which they’re filled with watery fluid and can sometimes grow large and be painful.
Causes of Ovarian Cysts:
Ovarian cysts can happen for a variety of reasons such as:
- Hormonal problems: They may be caused by hormonal problems or by drugs used to help you ovulate.
- Endometriosis: endometriosis tissue may attach to the ovary and form a growth. These cysts can be painful during sex and during your period.
- Pregnancy:An ovarian cyst normally develops in early pregnancy to help support the pregnancy until the placenta forms. Sometimes, the cyst stays on the ovary until later in the pregnancy and may need to be removed.
- Severe pelvic infections: Infections can spread to the ovaries and fallopian tubes and cause cysts to form.
Signs and symptoms of ovarian cysts
The signs and symptoms of ovarian cysts may include:
- Pelvic pain
- Dull ache in the lower back and thighs
- Problems emptying the bladder or bowel completely
- Pain during sex
- Unexplained weight gain
- Pain during your period
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Breast tenderness
- Needing to urinate more often
In traditional Chinese medicine, ovarian cysts are associated with three main pathological factors: phlegm, dampness, and blood stasis.
Phlegm and dampness are due to an imbalance of the Spleen’s energy. Excess dampness in the system gradually coalesces into phlegm, which can manifest as lumps and masses of various kinds, including ovarian cysts.
The third major pathological factor in the Chinese is blood stasis. This means that blood is not flowing along its normal pathways easily and smoothly, and has in fact come to a standstill.
The liver is the key organ in patterns of blood stasis. The Liver is responsible for “storing” blood and regulating menstruation, and it is also responsible for regulating the flow of emotion in our bodies. Anger is the principal emotion associated with the Liver. Unexpressed or inappropriately expressed anger is the primary cause of the Liver Chi Stagnation pattern that can lead ultimately to blood stasis.
In the case of ovarian cysts, acupuncture is used to calm this energy and place the body back into optimal homeostasis. It is used to clear excess heat patterns as well as tonify the Yin from mental, physical and emotional strain.
Here at AcuNatural Health Brisbane, Jane Ma, offers specifically tailored treatments to help relieve the symptoms of ovarian cysts as well as try to reduce the cysts’ size. This is done through a combination of Chinese Herbals and Acupuncture.
Julie Case Study followed by Jane Ma:
“Julie came to AcuNatural Health Brisbane to see me on 26.2.16 for 6cm cyst in her left ovary that she was diagnosed in 2015. She had a history of her medical conditions such micro discectomy in 2012; oophorectomy right (right ovary took out with 6cm) in 2012, ovarian cystectomy in 2014, fibroids, burned uterus lining in 2014, so she has no menstrual cycle, but she has phantom menstruation cycle, she felt ovulating and had pms every month.
She also had poor vision, frequent infections, damaged skin and hair, fatigue, muscular pain, joint dysfunction, weight gain, oedema, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, insomnia, depression, anxiety, poor memory, excess thirst, thrush, urination difficulties.
July did not want to have another surgery to remove the cysts because from her experience afterwards she had skin rush, ear pain, hair loss, recurrent infections, thrush twice a week and insomnia. Julie is on medication such as sigmacount, rentohn–Asthma; neurofen–pain; clarathine –Allergies and on natural supplements as indoplex, megaplex, multivitamin, probiotic, naproxan, selenium — estrogen dominile which from the naturopath.
She had an appointment with the surgeon to discuss about the surgery in Mar 2016 for the 6cm cyst that caused pain all the time. After our first consultation the first thing I needed to do was to stop the consistent pain which was caused by the 6cm cyst on the left side.. She started weekly acupuncture treatment with Chinese herbal and the pain on the left side became less consistent 2 weeks later she was less stressed with less pain and Julie was worried about the surgery. After coming to AcuNatural Health clinic regularly her sleep improved, energy was up and no more recurrent infections and significantly less pain. On 21st of April Julie had a scan showing her cyst was only 2 cm now. she was so relieved and happy.” Jane Ma
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