Treating Hysteromyoma with Chinese Medicine, Starting from Weight Reduction
A 33-year-old working woman had normal BMI value 23 four years ago and her uterine leiomyoma was about 4cm long then, as shown by the physical examination organized by her company. The routine physical examination one year ago found that the BMI value increased to 33.7 and the uterine leiomyoma grew to about 9cm long. Besides the soreness of the lower back caused by the growth of the myoma, she was also troubled by thamuria, prompting her to seek medical advice. Chou Tzung-Han, attending doctor of the Department of Chinese Medicine in the Ren’ai Branch of Taipei City Hospital, says that many factors can influence the growth of hysteromyoma, among which obesity and soft fat can be easily neglected. Both of them help the growth of hysteromyoma. The body fat can store female hormones, the uterine muscle fiber is the receptor of female hormones and the soft fat can produce excessive female hormones to stimulate the growth of myoma. It is most important for obese patients suffering from hysteromyoma to reduce their weight first, which decreases the chances for the myoma to grow, and then to use acupuncture, herbal treatment and daily life adjustment to change the uterine environment and eliminate any discomforts caused by the hysteromyoma. Chou Tzung-Han suggests that brown rice and oats rich in fibers, rhizomatic sweet potatoes and potatoes, pumpkins and other unrefined starch should be consumed to replace rice as the staple food during the weight reduction, which accounts for two fifths of one meal’s calories. Milk, eggs, beans, fish, meat and other proteins take up two fifths, while other fats and refined sugars one fifth. Boiled vegetables should be eaten first to separate the gastrointestinal tract from other high caloric food, followed by protein food and starchy foods in succession. The highest calorie intake is 2000 kilocalories per day and feeling just 80% full is the limit for each meal. Eggs contain much higher animal hormones, which will be absorbed directly via the intestinal hormone receptors to stimulate the growth of hysteromyoma. Patients with hysteromyoma should eat fewer eggs, more green vegetables and exercise regularly, to effectively reduce the incidence of hysteromyoma.
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