|Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 10:12: |
I visited Shanghai recently and part of our tour was the shanghai institute of traditional chinese medicine. There, upon checking my pulse, I was told that I have cold uterus, and then mentioned some findings from my tongue and suction cupping marks. I am 21 years old.
I was told that if I do not follow her prescription, in later years cysts/tumors might develop. I was prescribed with what she mentioned as 'gynecopathy killer' but it was very costly so i decided to not purchase it. And I am not sure whether her prescription is trustworthy, only to meet sales.
However she sounded convincing, and a little worried as well, as before i left for china, i was having very light bloody discharge/light period (1 week early) which worries me about HPV infection (but I've read that it could be nothing to worry about,just normal hormonal surges). And also I think I have bacterial vaginosis, which is self-diagnosed from the mild foul-smelling discharge, but am not too worried as ive read it is quite common. I haven't seen the doctor yet. I am thinking of visiting a TCM practitioner, but I am sure if she will misdiagnose, so I just want to make sure I am well informed before seeing her.
If I take these herbs prescribed generally for gynecopathy, will it cure just the cold uterus condition/ rid of the bacterial vaginosis as well? how about HPV? what are the side effects taking the herbs? Does it matter if I take these herbs, even when i do not have cold uterus, for prevention?
Quite a long post. But thanks in advance
|Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 17:45: |
Hi Terry. Getting diagnosed in China and continuing suggested treatment without a close supervision by the practitioner, is bad medicine. It is very popular nowadays in China but it is only good for business not for health.
However, the Ch. dr. who examined you might be right (or not), but if you are concerned you should see a Ch. dr. where you live - one who can follow up the treatment and make sure it is going the right direction. Checking one's pulse and inquiring for changes in the course of a treatment is a fundamental prerequisite of Ch. med., and any medicine at all for that matter. Chinese doctors usually apply changes to their prescriptions (or acupuncture) in the course of a treatment in accordance with their patients' response. I therefore suggest that you find a skilled and experienced practitioner where you live and seek his/her advice. Your problem responds extremely well to acupuncture, if done correctly.
|Posted on Monday, February 01, 2010 - 19:39: |
Thank you for your advice! I will visit a ch. dr. as soon as possible. I hope many others will stumble upon this as well
|Posted on Tuesday, February 02, 2010 - 09:09: |
I think you have raised some intresting points here. The cost of medicine asside. That pulse diagnosis can cross barriers of language, culture, conditioning and msny taboo antecedents to disease. I wish you well in yourjourney of discovery and healing.