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Acupuncture as Alternative to Hysterectomy for Uterine Fibroids

Acupuncture presents a non-invasive means by which to shrink uterine fibroids. I know that because I have personally experienced successful results within the last 15 months of having weekly Acupuncture procedures. My fibroids have shrunk drastically, and my waistline is 87% complete (back to 28 in.) I encourage ANY woman who has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids to consider all options/alternatives available to having a hysterectomy. In many cases, a hysterectomy is “the number one surgery women have that they may not need”, according to Dr. Oz. Essentially, a hysterectomy removes the uterus AND the fibroids. But not in all cases of fibroids diagnoses is it necessary to remove the uterus. The focus should be on getting rid of the fibroids, not both.

What My Doctors Didn’t Tell Me

I was diagnosed with fibroids after experiencing abnormally heavy bleeding, and seeing my waistline slowly distort. My GYN told me that because my fibroids were so big (16 cm) she recommended a hysterectomy. Then she promptly gave me a pamphlet regarding the preparation procedures before surgery. Of course she talked to me in depth about the hysterectomy, but couldn’t recommend an alternative. This prompted me to do intense research on fibroids, and explore all other possibilities to consider other than going under the knife! I met with another GYN about six months later, and the experience was a déjà vu moment. She explained the procedure, and said due to size it would be safer to do it as soon as possible. And again, no alternative given. When I asked them both about some type of Holistic or ‘Alternative’ approach they just looked at me with a blank expression, and said “I don’t know”. I took this with a grain of salt, and proceeded to do more research.

Taking Control of My Health and Healing

After much more research, I came across Acupuncture. I explored this branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine and liked the way the principles and techniques worked to restore internal balance. Having fibroids is definitely a sign that my body is not in harmony. I believed Acupuncture would provide something complimentary to my body, as opposed to dealing with the shock and trauma of a hysterectomy. No cutting, no blood, a pinch here and there with a long needle were all tolerable when considering the latter. I met with a licensed Practitioner, began my treatments, and the fibroids have been shrinking for over the last 15 months. If I would have followed the advice of either or both of my GYNs before doing research, I would be in a miserable state of financial medical debt, possibly unemployed because the recovery time needed after a hysterectomy procedure wouldn’t have been covered by my job, and most importantly, my uterus would be gone forever – my window is still open if I decide to have kids in the future. A hysterectomy ‘slashes’ that hope, whether one wants kids or not.

Acupuncture has been criticized as not being a verifiable way to cure or heal the body. It is regarded as a shamanistic-type practice, and does not show enough proof of effectiveness through recorded trials to be taken seriously. Some articles I’ve come across with the continuous research I do have offered Acupuncture as something akin to a placebo effect. If so, would the physical changes with fibroid shrinkage have occurred? (It’s all in my mind!) I honestly went into the realm of Acupuncture with an open mind. I did nothing different in my lifestyle to possibly bolster the effects that Acupuncture could or would produce. I didn’t know if it would work, or not. Nor do I believe with the research I had done that I was completely convinced that Acupuncture would work. I kept an open mind, spirit and positive heart. It so happened it did work for me.

Once again, all other methods, techniques, natural remedies, exercises, etc. should be given consideration when you are faced with the option of having a hysterectomy to get rid of uterine fibroids.

Loose the fibroids – keep your uterus!

Happy Health!

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