Adenomyosis: A case study

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I wanted to share an experience I had in the clinic recently with a patient who made a huge difference to her health with the simple yet clever application of a low-inflammatory diet. 

My patient, whom I’ll call Sandra, came to me a few months ago with a central complaint of Adenomyosis.

What is Adenomyosis?

If you are not familiar with this diagnosis, let me explain. Adenomyosis occurs when the tissue lining the inside of the uterus (endometrium) begins to grow into the uterine muscular wall.

Case Study - Adenomyosis Symptoms

As you can imagine, every month when the endometrium shed during her period, Sandra was in a great deal of pain. But that wasn’t the only problem. The bleeding was so heavy, that she often had to miss work or social activities due to its extreme nature. At our first visit, she was overweight, having trouble conceiving, and experiencing extreme periods (pain, heavy bleeding with lots of clots). She also suffered from troubling digestive symptoms including extreme bloating and discomfort plus constipation that only added to the menstrual pain. Needless to say, she was ready to make a few changes.

Case Study - Adenomyosis Treatments

The first thing we did was get her on a cleanse. (I used the term “cleanse” loosely, as it was more like an elimination diet with gradual transition to a whole-foods way of eating). We removed a short list of foods from her diet for 21 days and continued with weekly acupuncture sessions focussed on regulating her cycle and reducing pain. Right at the end of this 21 day diet, she was due to have her period, so we watched very closely for any changes. What we saw was almost more than we could have hoped for: a 75% reduction in her pain. She experienced her first (almost) pain free period in years. The clots/heavy flow and digestive issues were still present, so we added some Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas during the next cycle. Her next period was less painful again, so we continued with the diet and herbs for a third cycle. This most recent period showed almost no clots, greatly reduced flow, no pain and no digestive symptoms. Sandra has lost weight and got some colour back in her face after feeling exhausted and hopeless for a long time.

At this point, she and her husband feel confident and ready to start trying to conceive again, having optimized their health and thus their fertility. 

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine for Adenomyosis in Vancouver, BC

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In Health

Bronwyn Melville, BA R.Ac, TCM.P, FABORM

About Bronwyn Melville - Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC

Bronwyn Melville is a registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver. She graduated from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver..

Bronwyn’s previous practice was with the Westside Midwives, where she worked primarily with pregnancy-related conditions such as nausea, fatigue, eczema, high blood pressure, cervical ripening and the usual aches and pains of pregnancy. She has worked in a physiotherapy clinic focused primarily on orthopedic medicine. Concurrent with a private practice, she has had a contract with the PHS Community Services Society in the downtown eastside of Vancouver for almost ten years, where she treats patients with various conditions, including addictions, injuries, HIV, and mental illness. Furthermore, at BC Women’s Hospital in partnership with the University of BC, Bronwyn worked from 2005-2008 on a study performing acupuncture on chemically dependant pregnant women.

Bronwyn lives in Vancouver with her husband and two children.

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