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What are fibroids?

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Fibroids, also known as uterine leiomyomas, are noncancerous growths that develop in the muscular walls of the uterus. These growths are made up of fibrous tissue and smooth muscle cells. Fibroids can vary in size, ranging from tiny seedlings to large masses that can distort the shape and size of the uterus. While fibroids are usually benign, they can cause a range of symptoms and complications.

The exact cause of fibroids is not fully understood, but hormonal imbalances, particularly estrogen and progesterone, are believed to play a role in their development and growth. Other factors that may contribute to fibroid formation include genetic predisposition, family history, and certain hormones or growth factors.

Symptoms of fibroids

If you are experiencing fibroids, you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Heavy or prolonged menstrual periods
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Abdominal bloating or swelling
  • Frequent urination or difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Constipation or difficulty with bowel movements
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Lower back pain
  • Reproductive issues, such as infertility or recurrent miscarriages


Acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for managing fibroids and supporting overall well-being. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to restore balance, improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and support the body’s natural healing processes. Benefits of acupuncture for fibroids include:

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving substances in the body, helping to alleviate pelvic pain and discomfort associated with fibroids.

Acupuncture can help regulate hormonal imbalances that may contribute to fibroid growth and symptoms.

Acupuncture promotes blood flow to the pelvic area, which can help deliver oxygen and nutrients to the affected tissues and support the healing process.

Acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation, which can have a positive impact on managing fibroid-related symptoms.