Research has found Acupuncture effective for the treatment of chronic pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in a recent study of 70 female patients with the disease. During the trial, the 70 women were divided into two separate groups. Group 1 received Acupuncture treatment, while group 2 received herbal medicine treatment.
The results showed that group 1 (Acupuncture) had a staggering 91.43% total effective rate, while group 2 (herbal medicine) had an impressive 74.29% total effective rate!
Acute PID is usually treated with either surgery or anti-biotics; however, when it comes to chronic PID it is often found that anti-biotics and surgery do not help with the symptoms. This research indicates that Acupuncture and herbal medicine are both effective for the alleviation of chronic PID. Acupuncture outperformed the herbal tablets by 17.14%. The 91.43% total effective rate produced by acupuncture indicates that it is a viable treatment option for patients with chronic PID.
Chronic PID is characterized by persistent low-grade subclinical inflammation. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles, chronic pelvic inflammatory disease is categorized under the scope of abdominal pain, vaginal discharge (leukorrhea), and infertility. PID involves the pernicious influence of fire-poisons (i.e., infection) in the lower abdomen, specifically in the uterus, broad ligaments, fallopian tubes, cervix, or ovaries. Scarring may cause infertility and long-term inflammation damages the Qi (energy), thereby causing deficiency of the body’s constitution.