TCM and Gynaecology
The use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in treating Gynaecological diseases had been widely accepted especially in Asian setting. TCM utilizes herbal medicine, acupuncture and tui na , which is extremely helpful in treating various gynaecological conditions. Some of the common conditions are as below:
(1) Menstrual disorders:
The use of TCM in treating menstrual disorders such as menstrual irregularities, abnormal menstrual bleeding loss, heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual pain (dysmenorrhoea), premenstrual symptoms and post-menopausal symptoms.
Endometriosis is a condition associated with the presence of endometrial tissues in other parts of the pelvic organs such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowels, bladder and pelvic wall. Endometriosis causes pain during menstruation and is associated with infertility. Women with endometriosis suffer pain during intercourse and worsens their chances of having a baby. Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment approach include reduction of pain, regulation of menstrual cycle and enhance the function of the ovaries to achieve pregnancies.
(3) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is an endocrine disorder which is associated with insulin resistance, menstrual irregularities, infertility, excessive hair growth, over weight, and increased male hormones.
The short term approach of Chinese Medicine for patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and who are not keen to get pregnant is to regulate their menstrual cycle, treat excessive hair growth and pimples, control their weight. The long term approach is to reduce their risk of developing diabetes mellitus, protect their endometrium to reduce their risk of developing cancer of the endometrium and to reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
For those who are keen to get pregnant, Chinese Medicine provide good treatment methods to enhance ovulation and achieve pregnancy.
(4) Premature Ovarian Failure
Premature Ovarian Failure is defined as cessation of ovarian functions and ovulation before 40 years of age. It is characterized by high FSH and low Estradiol level in the blood.
Although Western Medicine have the advantage of improving the chance of pregnancy through IVF/ICSI, however, the effect on patients with premature ovarian failure is limited. Chinese Medicine approach in this condition is comprehensive and effective, but required a longer period of treatment duration. the treatment approach include: (1) reduces peri-menopausal symptoms (2) Improve sexual function, which include reduces vaginal dryness (3) reduces the loss of remaining ovarian follicles and improve the response of ovarian follicles to FSH and Fertility medications