How Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Can Affect Your Reproductive Health
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Pelvic inflammatory disease can damage reproductive health. Here, we explore the symptoms, causes, and natural therapies to treat PID.
Did you know pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection of the upper genital tract in women, can lead to infertility? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, as many as one in ten women with PID become infertile. Women can get the infection at any age, but young and sexually active women are at the highest risk.
Risk factors include intercourse with a person having symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a history of STDs or pelvic inflammatory disease, unprotected sexual intercourse and new or multiple partners.
Know here what causes pelvic inflammatory disease and how you can get treated for it.
Causes of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PID occurs when sexually transmitted bacteria spread from the vagina to the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. When the infection causes inflammation of the fallopian tubes, it can cause infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pain.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), PID occurs due to internal and external causes.
Like Western Medicine, TCM too categories PID into acute and chronic. “Acute PID is usually associated with the invasion of pathogenic toxins and the development of toxic Heat. Chronic PID is associated with imbalances caused by the accumulation of Heat-Dampness,
Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
The condition is often undiagnosed even
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Treatment
Acute PID may require hospitalisation and emergency use of antibiotics or surgery. As the bacteria responsible for the infection is often difficult to identify, broad-spectrum antibiotics are used to treat the condition. On the other hand, a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal prescription has been proven to be an effective therapy for chronic pelvic inflammatory disease.
This treatment promotes metabolism and circulation, balances and improves immunity, purifies the meridians, harmonises Qi and Blood, stimulate blood circulation, enhances the permeability of the cellular membranes, and accelerates absorption of inflammation.
It is recommended you consult with an acupuncturist for treatment if you have pelvic inflammatory disease.
“Patients experience relief from
When acupuncture is coupled with Chinese herbal medicines, it produces better results than when used alone. The treatment prevents the thickening of the uterine lining and the development of pelvic masses. It can also prevent future relapses of PID.
Physician Chong recommends the following herbal remedies to her patients depending on the syndrome diagnosis:
Acute PID caused by the invasion of pathogenic toxins:
Honeysuckle flower (jin yin hua, 金银花), red peony root (chi shao, 赤芍), weeping Forsythia (lian qiao, 连翘), Herba patriniae
Acute PID caused by
excessive toxic Heat:
Red sage root (dan shen, 丹参), Ciotis chinensis (huang lian, 黄连), peony root (dan pi, 丹皮), Radix rehmanniae (sheng di, 生地), and Scrophularia (xuan shen, 玄参).
Chronic PID caused by
Honeysuckle flower (jin yin hua, 金银花), weeping Forsythia (lian qiao, 连翘),
Chronic PID caused by
Radix aconiti lateralis praeparata (fu zi, 附子), Szechwan Lovage Rhizome (chuan xiong, 川芎), Atractylodes Rhizome (cang zhu, 苍术), cassia twig (gui zhi, 桂枝), and Rhizoma zingiberis preparata (pao jiang, 炮姜).
Chronic PID caused by
Qi and Blood Stagnation:
Rhizoma corydalis (yan hu suo, 延胡索), Fructus toosendan (chuan lian zi, 川楝子), peach seed (tao ren, 桃仁), Radix paeoniae alba (bai shao, 白芍), and nutgrass galingale rhizome (xiang fu, 香附).
Another traditional remedy used for PID is moxibustion, mostly in patients experiencing
She recommends the following acupoints for treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease using moxibustion: Qi hai (CV6, 气海), guan yuan (CV4, 关元), zhong ji (CV3, 中级),
Pelvic inflammatory disease can throw your life off balance. Look out for the symptoms and get treated early. Remember, early treatment can prevent infertility and other complications of the disease.
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