by Joi Thomas, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.
Fibroids Especially Troubling Amongst Black Women
Fibroids are a health issue that is very near and dear to my heart, partially because they are so common, but also because they can be treated so effectively by Chinese medicine. Do you know what fibroids are? You should! They are non cancerous tumors which grow in and attached to the uterus. Some of the issues that they can cause are heavier, prolonged and crampy periods, discomfort during sex, uncomfortable pressure on the bladder and challenges with fertility. Due to the heavier bleeding, they can also result in anemia.
According to research, fibroids affect 40% of the general population of women and up to 80% of all Black women. That means 8 out of 10 African American women deal with this issue. Most of the symptoms of fibroids are more severe and they seem to affect black women when they are younger which can negatively impact their ability to have a baby.