TCM’s take on adenomyosis

Since my last post about Adenomyosis I’ve been introducing a few different habits and new philosophies into my life, to support the health of my body and see if I can ease the pain that comes with this disease.

The last gynaecologist I went to was at a clinic in Oslo called Balderklinikken. It’s a place where they, over 5 floors, have gathered all kinds of practitioners ranging from the usual western doctor, to the more alternative ones. This place is amazing and has such a good energy to it, in which the gyno was no exception. We were discussing different healing methods when I started talking about how I thought my emotions and the way I eat could have an impact. She obviously wasn’t trained in this, so I got really excited when she referred me to a traditional Chinese medicine doctor.

On my way to that appointment I was expecting a toothless Chinese man in his 80’s, crosslegged on the floor with litt candles and sage all around him. Boy, was I wrong. What met me was a Norwegian man in his late 20’s with a huge smile (and teeth!), and a perfectly normal doctor office. I mean, I wouldn’t mind my imagined Chinese one, but it was definitely a funny and positive surprise. We had a chat about my symptoms, what’s up in my life in terms of stress and dominate emotions. He had a look at my tongue and checked my pulse, and I ended up with a few different diagnoses.

TCM is a whole different way to look at the body, health and disease. I find it kind of hard to explain, but they connect the organs, emotions, food and energy in a way that we’re definitely not used to here in Scandinavia. As they see it so differently, they also have different diagnoses. The ones that I have is Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Deficiency With Damp & Local Blood Stasis in the uterus.

I don’t want this post to get too long, so I think I’ll just split the different Chinese methods I’m trying into a few different ones. But what I do when I’m there, which is one day a week, is acupuncture and copping. But I got to tell you, for me that has struggled with blood-phobia and doctor-phobia (haha?) my whole life, laying there with needles tucked into my body is not a walk in the park. It’s more of a fencing competition to be honest. Luckily for us both he’s always in a impressively good mood, which makes it hard to do what I really want to; throw them right back at him.

For those of you who’s interested in the specific points I’m currently getting, it’s LR3, SP6, CV3, CV6 and ST28. Or, that’s what I got the first time, but it’s increasing every time for some annoying reason… Just kidding. The more the merrier!

I’m laying with the needles for maybe 20 minutes, and then he does copping on my back for about the same amount of time I think. The copping actually feels good tho, so that’s nice.

I haven’t noticed any difference in the level of pain I’m experiencing yet, but that’s not expected either, as most people start seeing a difference after 3 months of treatment. I’ll keep you posted!

Anne-Line Erlandsen

Anne-Line Erlandsen, a 28 year old girl from Norway. I'm a certified holistic health coach studying marketing, and with this website I put my ass where my heart wants to be – in writing, self expression and creativity.