Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus. Although a majority of women have them, they may never know as there are often no symptoms. Under certain conditions, though, they can prevent conception and/or cause bleeding disorders as women approach menopause.
Acupuncture and herbs can help by freeing the blood flow to the pelvic organs and breaking down fibroids. This helps to create the conditions necessary for conception and also controlling excessive bleeding and frequent periods often associated with this.
In my own practice I have had many successful treatment outcomes using a combination of herbs and acupuncture to reduce either the size or symptoms associated with fibroids. But this is also dependent on both the size and location of the fibroid. The larger it has allowed to become the harder it is to shrink and with only herbs and acupuncture. Larger fibroid ( above 10 cm) are often better served with either surgery. That being said we do have good results treating smaller fibroids and cysts.
Below is a lengthy description of recent studies. More studies are needed to verify and refine this.