Fallopian tube obstruction involves physical blockages that prevent sperm and/or an embryo making the short but vital journey between the ovary and womb. They’re all due to excess conditions, and most of these originate from various bacterial infections.
There are four main patterns involved in tubal obstruction, and these can present as acute infections, a flare-up of a previous infection, or have become a chronic condition. Acupuncture and herbs are viable treatment options, and herbal treatments can be either oral and/or with rectal enemas (they’re effective way to get herbs close to the obstruction and usually provide excellent symptom relief).
- Acute pelvic inflammatory disease: Toxic Phlegm-Fire or Damp-Heat with Blood stagnation
- Accumulation of Phlegm and Damp obstructing the tubes
- Liver Qi stagnation causing stiffness of the tubes and dysfunctional transport of the embryo
- Blood stagnation and Cold leading to obstruction of the tubes
- Enemas for tubal obstruction
- Acupuncture for tubal obstruction
(i) ‘Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine’. Yu Jin. Eastland Press. 1998. (p46)
(ii) ‘Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine’. Yu Jin. Eastland Press. 1998. (p48)
(iii) ‘Treatment of infertility with Chinese medicine’ Jane Lyttleton. Churchill Livingstone. 2004 (p227)