Endometriosis is associated with abnormal seeding of endometrial tissues in the abdominal cavity, causing pain where they are deposited. Symptoms are accentuated during menstruation. It a common condition affecting one in ten women, and causes infertility in an estimated 30-47% of women.
The symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Abdominal and pelvic pain aggravated by menstruation
- Heavy or irregular periods
- Painful intercourse
- Painful bowel movements or urination
Medical management is directed at symptom-relief. Treatment options include surgery, pain-relieving medications and hormonal treatments which suppress ovulation and menstruation. Prolonged hormonal therapy may result in suppression of pain and in resorption of endometrial tissues, but recurrence often occurs.
Endometriosis from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective
In TCM, endometriosis is caused by blood stagnation in the meridians. This may be caused by Qi stagnation, cold stagnation, kidney deficiency, Qi (vital energy) deficiency or heat obstruction. TCM treats endometriosis by invigorating blood to eliminate stasis and relieve pain. TCM treatment relieves symptoms of endometriosis and restores normal menstrual function and fertility.
Treating endometriosis naturally:
- Acupuncture is used to improve the circulation of Qi and blood. By placing needles into the areas of disharmony, acupuncture restores the balance and allows the free flow of Qi and blood.
- Chinese herbs are used to target the pelvic region to increase circulation and break up blood stasis. They restore hormonal balance.
- Diet changes: Foods which are linked to the development of endometriosis should be limited. These include gluten, especially wheat, dairy products, red meat and pork. (Meat should best be organic.)
- Eat plentiful amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Omega 3 fatty acids will reduce inflammation and pain.
- Foods which assist in resolving Blood stasis include kelp, lemons, limes, onions.
- Exercise: Regular, moderate, daily exercise will help improve circulation and ease symptoms. In addition, meditation, qi gong and yoga will assist (however inversion techniques should be avoided). During menstruation, only light exercise is recommended.
This article is for educational purposes only. The information provided by Jinny is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any conditions. If you are seeking medical advice, please consult a licensed medical practitioner.
Jinny Koh is an experienced acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and holds a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She specialises in women's health, fertility and pregnancy and treats a broad range of conditions from stress, digestive problems, and chronic pain to sports injuries and musculoskeletal issues. If you'd like to book a session with Jinny, please contact her on 0405 699 382 or email@example.com