A uterine polyp is an overgrowth of endometrial tissue or uterine lining. Polyps may arise when this lining grows in excess. They can be oval or round and can occur in the uterus or cervix. Many women have them and a lot of the time they are small and do not interfere with fertility. I have treated and observed many patients who have had uterine polyps and have become pregnant and give birth to a live, healthy baby. Uterine polyps are composed of endometrial tissue, whereas uterine fibroids consist of muscle.
Hormonal factors, with oestrogen sensitivity. Uterine polyps will grow when stimulated by oestrogen as does the endometrium cyclically. In Chinese medicine the cause is usually a combination of blood stagnation with kidney, spleen, or liver deficiency potentially causing dampness.
Symptoms of Uterine Polyps
- Irregular Periods (oligomenorrhoea)
- Unusually Heavy Menstrual Flow (menorrhagia)
- Vaginal Bleeding or Spotting in between periods (metrorrhagia)
- Fertility Challenges
Uterine polyps can be diagnosed via transvaginal ultrasound, sonohysterography, hysteroscopy, endometrial biopsy and curettage. Regular gynaecological check-ups are important to monitor them. Risk factors include obesity, tamoxifen (breast cancer drug), and high blood pressure.
Supporting Your Body To Reduce Uterine Polyps
1. Reduce exposure to xenohormones – Exposure to environmental toxins (plastics and xenoestrogens) can increase oestrogen levels in your body which makes the polyps grow. Xenoestrogens are a subclass of endocrine (hormonal) interruptors. Eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage and kale can support excess oestrogen clearance. As we head into the plastic age this its important to omit all plastic. Avoid storing food in plastic, use cotton period pads, reduce and avoid all plastic.
2. Increase Fibre – Fibre supports your body to remove excess oestrogen naturally. Eat organic fruits and vegetables with the skin on. Go for dried fruit instead of sweets and chocolate.
3. Chinese Herbs & Acupuncture – Chinese herbs for uterine polyps move blood, qi, resolve dampness and warm the kidney yang. Make a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of ground clove a day (drink when it has cooled a little), is excellent for your kidney yang energy. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are excellent for strengthening the body and improving qi and blood circulation thus healing to the uterus.
4. Eat Clean – Avoid damp/phlegm producing foods that are greasy, spicy or too sweet, and enjoy fresh vegetable, fruits and grains (gluten-free type grains such as millet, quinoa, brown/white rice & buckwheat). Grass-fed meats and organ cuts are good for the blood, and remember to eat your full-fats, preferable raw, unhomogenised dairy, avocado, ghee, coconut oil and high quality lard. Eating natural good quality fat is good for you.
5. Angelica & red date tea – increases circulation to the uterus bring fresh, new blood to the area and remove excessive tissue growth, it is healing and can help prevent tissue scarring and damage. Good circulation is vital for uterine health.
6. Drink a pot of your own herbal tea everyday – you can make a herbal tea with equal parts of Pau D’Arco, Goldenseal Root, Dandelion Root, Fresh Ginger Root, Raspberry Leaf & Nettle Tea. These work in synergy to reduce inflammation in the uterus, cleanse, nourish and improve circulation.
7. Castor Oil Packs & uterine massage – Massaging your lower abdomen and then placing a castor oil pack on the area for 15-30 minutes. This is best done every second day from after your period to ovulation (if you are actively trying to conceive). Otherwise every second day in your cycle but not when you are menstruating.
8. Vitex Agnus Castus – taken daily throughout your menstrual cycle at a moderate dose can balance progesterone levels. Not to be taken during the period. Always confirm with you health practitioner/herbalist on dosage and if it is suitable for you.
9. Exercise – in Chinese medicine, uterine polyps are considered a blood stagnation pathology. When qi and blood stagnate, there is poor circulation. I often find a lot of women in clinical practise present with blood stagnation especially when they don’t exercise. You need to exercise everyday, brisk walking is excellent.
10. Metaphysical Aspects- Louise Hay likened the heart to the uterus, and imbalances within the uterus as harbouring negative energy. Time to do inner work, release bitterness and let go of your suffering and learn to love again.
If you are needing support for uterine polyps, you have come to the right place. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help treat uterine polyps, as it has done for many people. Best results are obtained with lifestyle with acupuncture and herbs for six months.
At Ilana Sowter Acupuncture in Auckland, expect the best holistic health consultation, tailored treatment and advice with 8 years experience supporting natural fertility and uterine polyps with acupuncture, dietetics and Chinese herbs.
Ilana is located at Murrays Bay on the North Shore of Auckland.
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