Like many branches of Chinese medicine, traditional gynaecology (women’s health) has a long history of using acupuncture and Chinese herbs to alleviate many gynaecological symptoms and diseases.
History of gynaecology in Chinese medicine
The earliest records of medical writings on gynaecology date right back to 1500-1000 BC. One of the most famous and very highly regarded texts on TCM (Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine—Simple Questions) references women’s physiology and anatomy specifically and specifies the diagnosis of many menstrual and gynaecological conditions.
Nowadays treatment of gynaecological diseases with Chinese medicine is so successful and popular in China that there are specialised hospitals throughout the country that dedicate the entire work of the hospital to gynaecological diagnosis and treatment, often integrating both Western medicine and Chinese medicine.
Putting it all together
It is often said that the treatment of women is much more complicated than men because of the richness and complexity of the woman’s menstrual cycle. This incredible complexity forms the basis of diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological issues and disease that is like no other system. If we can get the interaction of the qi, blood, yin and yang, tissues, organs and systems working harmoniously together then we have a much healthier reproductive system and a much happier patient in the end.
Common gynaecological complaints treated
- Menstrual irregularities: painful, irregular, heavy, scanty or absent menstrual cycles
- Abdominal masses and/or fibroids
- Menopausal symptoms
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- PMS and other hormonally-based complaints