Updated: Sep 28, 2019
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is reported to affect one million Americans each year.
PID is an infection of the female reproductive system, namely the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. While it may initially present with no signs or symptoms, it can lead to infertility and chronic pelvic pain.
Signs of PID include:
Pain in lower abdomen or pelvis
Heavy vaginal discharge with foul odor
Abnormal uterine bleeding
Pain or bleeding during intercourse
Fever (with or without chills)
Painful or difficult urination
For severe pain that comes on suddenly, hospitalization and antibiotics is necessary to subdue the bacteria in the reproductive system.
However, for chronic PID patients, long-term use of antibiotics can cause gastrointestinal distress. A regimen of acupuncture and Chinese herbs can clear inflammation and bacteria naturally where drug therapies fail.
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Acupuncture stimulates the immune system to produce more antibodies, helping the body fight the bacteria causing PID more effectively.
It also encourages localized circulation through the reproductive system, breaking up the toxins and bacteria overgrowth. Increased circulation also decreases inflammation, which will work further towards easing pain.
Acupuncture also increases tissue regrowth and regeneration to heal the damage done by bacteria in the reproductive system. Its relaxing effect on muscles help control spasms that accompany cramps and pain brought on by PID.
Several Chinese herbs have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, and can work with the immune system to lower levels of bacteria in the reproductive system. Herbs can also be prescribed to manage pain and reduce inflammation.
Consult with your doctor and a licensed Chinese herbal practitioner before taking herbs.
In clinical studies, acupuncture and herbs had an 86.7% effective rate at treating chronic PID. By comparison, IV drug therapy of sodium chloride, penicillin, and metronidazole only had a 77.1% total effective rate at treating chronic PID.
Long-term use of antibiotics can lead to drug intolerance, gut flora imbalance, and other gut health issues. Acupuncture and herbs have no negative physical effects.
If you or a loved one have been suffering from PID, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you find relief! Call us at (321) 972-2940 to schedule your initial consultation today.
HealthCMI. "Acupuncture Found Effective for Chronic PID." (February 22, 2018). Retrieved from http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1829-acupuncture-found-effective-for-chronic-pid
HealthCMI. "Acupuncture and Herbs Proven Effective for PID Treatment." (May 29, 2018). Retrieved from http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1853-acupuncture-and-herbs-proven-effective-for-pid-treatment