When circulation gets sluggish and our bodies are not able to move blood and energy through properly, it tends to collect in areas, and for women the area greatest vulnerability for this to develop is in the reproductive tract. So as stagnation furthers blood will collect and coagulate, and in this case endometrial tissue will grow in places it shouldn’t where it can lead to varying levels of pain and swelling. With modern imaging of endometriosis we can see how lesions inside the abdomen literally look like bits of stuck blood.Some of the signs acupuncturists look for when diagnosing the pattern of blood stagnation:
- presence of pain, either along with or outside of menstruation
- how the menstrual cycle manifests with the amount of blood
- the color of blood flow
- the presence of clots
Women will also report the severity of their pain levels and duration in relation to their period. Some other associated signs in the case of endometriosis are back pain, digestive issues, nausea and lack of appetite. Acupuncture is very effective at influencing circulation and improving blood flow in the body. As circulation through the reproductive tract improves it prevents the build up of further endometrial tissue and cysts. Additionally, the more proficiently circulation moves, its helps break down some of the existing accumulations and with that there is a significant reduction in pain and inflammation levels.
Because endometriosis is affected by so many factors, I work with my patients to create a customized and dynamic plan that incorporates all of these important aspects including stress management, an anti inflammatory diet, the right amount of exercise, targeted supplements, Chinese herbal support and regular acupuncture. It has been my clinical experience that Chinese medicine is really powerful when it comes to treating women’s health issues, and in this case is very effective in reducing in the pain and inflammation associated with all degrees of endometriosis.