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Clinical Study: Acupuncture & TCM Treatments for Chronic Pelvic Inflammation

(Clinic research from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and The first affiliated hospital of Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine Zheng Yue, Liu Li)

What is Chronic Pelvic Inflammation?

Chronic pelvic inflammation involves the organs of a women’s reproductive system including the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix and the surrounding connective tissue. Chronic Pelvic inflammation can cause irregular menstruation, abnormal virginal discharge, lower abdominal and lower back pain, infertility and so on.

Chronic Pelvic Inflammation Treatments Study

Allopathic medicine tend to use antibiotics to treat symptoms which can cause drug resistance and recurrence. In China, there are impressive clinical results treating chronic pelvic inflammation by using combination of acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbs (oral intake and enema).

In a study, 100 patients with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease were treated. In the control group, 50 cases were treated with conventional western medicine, and the other 50 patients part of the "treatment group" were treated with acupuncture combined with Chinese herbs. The two groups were treated for 3 menstrual cycles, and the clinical efficacy and the total score of symptoms and signs were observed.

The therapeutic effect of the "treatment group "(92%) was superior to that of the control group (82%), and the difference were significant. Breakdown of the treatment is in the chart below:

Modern research shows that acupuncture boosts the immunity that fights off infection and inflammation. Acupuncture can also stimulate the endocrine system which is closely related to our immunity. The herbs prepared in a herbal tea used orally and through enema are mostly for releasing heat toxin, moving stagnation, stasis and relieving pain. An enema is effective since the healing components in the herb can pass through the semipermeable membrane of the intestine wall which allows the herb to reach the inflamed organs and tissue more efficiently without passing through the digestive system.

Acupuncture points used in the treatments:

  • San Yin Jiao ( SP 6)

  • Zu San Li (ST36)

  • Guan Yuan (Rn 4)

  • Qi Hai (Rn 6)

  • Extra Poin( Zi Gong- Uterus)

  • Zhong Ji (Rn 3 )

Herb formula used orally is modified Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang (Driving out blood stasis below the diaphragm decoction) which contains:

  • Mu Dan Pi (skin of peony root)

  • Chi Shao (Red peony root)

  • Wu Yao (Lindera Root)

  • Chuang Xiong (Szechwan Lovage Rhizome)

  • Xiang Fu (Cypeus)

  • Yan Hu Suo (Corydalis Rhizome)

  • Tao Ren (Peach kenel)

Traditional Chinese herbs used through enema are

  • Huang Bo (phellodendrum bark)

  • Bai Jiang Cao ( Patrinia)

  • Dan Shen (Salvia Root)

  • Chi Shao (Red Peony root)

  • Chuang Xiong (Szechwan Lovage Rhizome)

  • San Leng (Scirpus)

  • E Zhu (Curcuma)

  • Zao Jiao Ci (Gleditisi Thorn)

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