Endometriosis is a disorder involving the endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the uterus. The endometrium is the tissue that, throughout the menstrual cycle thickens, breaks down and bleeds. In endometriosis, endometrial tissue, distributed by unknown mechanisms to other locations in the Healthy Body (e.g., fallopian tubes, ovaries, pelvic lining) continues to act according to its’ normal cycle. If located outside the uterus, blood from endometrial bleeding has no exit from the Healthy Body. Trapped blood irritates surrounding tissue, and may lead to cysts, scars and adhesion of nearby organs. Endometriosis may impair fertility. Professional healthcare should be sought out if you note symptoms that cause you to suspect you may have endometriosis.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
- Menstrual cramps;
- Pelvic pain (e.g., with intercourse, bowel movements or urination; during ovulation);
- Heavy bleeding at menstrual periods;
- Bleeding between menstrual periods; or
Naturopathic Treatment for Endometriosis
A number of therapeutic options may be used in the treatment of endometriosis, including:
- Acupuncture: pain reduction, regulating bleeding;
- Herbal Medicine: reduce adhesions and scarring, to stimulate tissue healing and to balance hormones;
- Diet & Nutrition: reduce inflammation, liver support;
- Lifestyle Counselling: stress reduction, relaxation techniques.
In developing a treatment plan for endometriosis, the patient’s overall health is considered and the treatment individualized.
Is fertility a goal, or merely symptom management? Is the patient in severe pain with each menstrual cycle? Is there pain with intercourse? Is she constipated? Often the patient has already undergone laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis and now wants to focus on preventing recurrence.