Luke McPherson Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
|Posted on 28 February, 2019 at 20:15|
i have been treating 2 cases lately, they present the same: sudden heavy bleedling, intense pain, clotted cycles. The bleeding in both cases is so heavy that they generally need to use 2 pads during their menstrual cycle; the pain is so severe that they often have to have 1 - 2 days off work every period. This has been going on for 5 plus years and it is eally impacting their lives.
Sounds like the same condition right? They should be treated the same? No. While the endometriosis is acting the same way the underlying condition and Chinese medicine diagnosis is quite different.
Patient number 1 suffers frequently with constipation, fluid retention in lower legs, bloating, and is always cold; even on a hot day she will be wearing a cardigan. The nature of the pain in patient in 1 is that of a stabbing, bearing down pain, that radiates down into her thighs.
Patient 2 suffers with flatulence, indigestion, irritability, frequent headaches, hot and perspires constatly, and swollen painful breasts. The nature of the pain in patient 2 is severe cramping, and localised to the abdomen.
When you look at both patients and take into account all symptoms it is easy to see that these patients would get very different treatments. Acupuncturists never isolate a particular body part or one aspect of disease, we take into account the whole person and all symptoms they are experiencing. This approach will generally mean that patients who have endometriosis will probably receive different treatments.
in the above cases, both patients saw their bleeding return to normal, and their pain almost totally gone; but received very different treatments.
if you know anyone who suffers with endometriosis, have them contact me in my North Sydney Acupuncture clinic for a consultation