Hello Calgary Acupuncture Enthusiasts!
Did you know that one of the many ailments I treat in my Calgary Acupuncture Clinic is pelvic inflammatory disease, as well as many other gynecological problems?
At the Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers found that acupuncture used in combination with Chinese herbal medicine was effective for the treatment of chronic pelvic inflammatory disease. From this study they found that the combined therapies produced an 86.7% total effective rate while acupuncture only produced a 60.0% total effective rate.
What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is inflammation of the female pelvic organs or connective tissues. In the United States pelvic inflammatory disease affects an estimated one million women every year. Some of the signs and symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disases are:
- lower abdominal pain
- abnormal vaginal discharge
- painful intercourse
- irregular menstruation
- in some people it can cause infertility, depression or insomnia.
The most common western medical intervention for chronic PID is antibiotic therapy. Antibiotics are often a life-saving intervention for those patients with an acute pelvic infection. However, antibiotics are sometimes not effective for chronic PID, especially in patients with infected pelvic adhesions or proliferations in the connective tissues. Also, the long-term use of antibiotics can have a seriously negative impact on gastrointestinal health, leading to dysbiosis, SIBO, food sensitivities, and/or drug intolerance. Surgery is another option, however we always recommend trying other less invasive therapies first and only when those prove ineffective, or if the case is extremely severe, recommend surgery. Always talk to your doctor about your treatment options, their success rates, relative risks and recovery time when making decisions concerning your health.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs proven effective for the treatment of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, chronic pelvic inflammatory falls in the category of abdominal pain disorders, YangMing heat or damp-heat in the lower jiao, abnormal vaginal discharge, or infertility. According to TCM principles, pelvic inflammatory disease is caused by an accumulation of dampness and heat in the internal organs combined with blood stagnation. Our treatment principles work to counteract those pathogens and include promoting circulation and eliminating stasis, transforming dampness, and clearing heat and resolving any toxicity (aka infection).
It is important to remember that not every PID patient will have the same type of disorder in TCM and thus the treatment of each person can be slightly different. In this clinical study every patient was treated with the same acupuncture points and herbal prescription and they used TCM principles to determine which acupoints to use. Acupuncture was adminitered for 2 rounds of 25 treatments (two months).
Chai Shao Yi Yi Ren Tang was herbal formula prescribed for all patients. This formula dispels damp-heat in the lower jiao, activates blood circulation, and clears meridian obstructions. They were given 2 doses daily for 60 days. Throughout the treatment period, patients were told to avoid getting pregnant and to stop using other medications. The combined therapy of herbs and acupuncture gave an 86.7% total effective rate.
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Wang JL. Clinical Observation on Chronic Pelvic Inflammatory Disease with Acupuncture plus Chinese Herbal Medicine [D]. Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2011.