Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac Registered Acupuncturist
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac within the ovary or on its surface. Cysts on the ovaries can be a fairly common occurrence, they are often harmless and will dissolve on their own. Others may cause discomfort or pain if they rupture and bleed. If your doctor has recently advised that you have cysts its a good idea to ask the type, the size and on which ovary. Surgery is usually not considered necessary if the cyst is within a certain size range but it also depends on if it is filled with fluid, solid or a mix of both. Many physicians prefer to first monitor the size of cysts before moving on to surgery.
What are the different types of Ovarian Cysts?
There are a number of cyst types – most common are the ones that are related to ovulation: they are either follicular or corpus luteum cysts. The following descriptions are from the Mayo Clinic:
Chinese Medicine and Ovarian Cysts
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, ovarian cysts (actually any cysts in the body) are seen as a type of pathogenic accumulation. The cyst forms when Qi – a.ka. the body's vital energy circulation - is sluggish or irregular, or is impeded by other congestion. This lack of proper circulation flow causes stagnant blood and/or other sluggish moving matter (often referred to as phlegm) to accumulate into the form of cysts.
Helping the body to naturally move this congestion out is a key aspect of treating cysts with acupuncture. What we usually look at first is the source or root of the issue in order to get lasting results. Acupuncture can help increase circulation, as well as stop pain and it also has an effect on the body's neuro-endocrine communication.
Arvigo® Therapy and Ovarian Cysts
Congestion in the abdominal area is also addressed through the abdominal massage techniques of Arvigo® Therapy. In this approach part of the focus is on encouraging the uterus to be as centred as possible – the idea being that a displaced uterus disrupts hemodynamics and homeostasis of the abdomen. The better the natural flow of fresh blood, lymph and energy, the more likely the body can help itself clear the cyst. As part of this treatment the client is taught how to do a simple self care massage at home as well.
An integrative approach
Natural therapy treatments such as Acupuncture and Arvigo® Therapy focus on restoring the healthy flow of blood, lymph and energy in the pelvic area and throughout the body in general.
Other considerations may include:
Are you looking for natural methods to help with ovarian cysts? Contact me for more information on how Acupuncture and Arvigo® Therapy can help! Contact me for your free consultation.
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Hi, I'm Barbara Poczyniak. Registered Acupuncturist practicing in Toronto.