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  • Writer's pictureCat Calhoun

Ovarian Cysts

An ovarian cyst is a sac full of something - blood, fluid, fat and tissue - that forms on or in the ovary. Cysts can be classified in a number of ways - benign, borderline, and malignant are the broad classifications.

Benign cysts are further classified into dermoid (containing fluid, fat, and tissue bits like teeth, hair, and bone), enlarged follicle types, endometriotic, polycystic, benign cystadenomic, and more.

Cysts can occur during egg release and failure for the follicle to break as it is designed to do. Are they painful? Yes. I've had them. They are a b*tch! Most of the time, the risks to health are small, but occasionally a cysts gets so large that the weight of it twists the ovarian stem and cuts off blood flow to the ovary. (In the illustration you can see one of the cysts is quite large and is starting to pull down on the ovary itself.) In this case they can be a great risk. Never a great idea to have dead tissue hanging out in any part of your body!

As with any health problem, do your intelligent, informed diagnosis and differentiation. Address cystic problems with lifestyle and diet changes, herbal medicine and acupuncture to balance the underlying problem causing this manifestation.

That said, look at the Master Tung points below. These points are used for a number of gynecological problems including amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and ovarian cysts. Why are all treated with the same points? Because Master Tung’s acupuncture is based on channel systems and classical acupuncture. This is a targeting system, so the Qi flows to the entire affected area because that’s where the Qi of the channel flows. All of these problems are a result of dysfunction of the same channels with different expressions.

Left side:

Right side:

  • Huo Ying, Huo Zhu, Liver 6,* Kidney 3, Kidney 5, and Kidney 6 *Liver 6 in the Master Tung system is located right next to the tibia rather than on the bone. Use your fingernail to locate it and needle very close to the bone.

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