There are several symptoms of endometriosis. Most of those symptoms comes in the form of pain, scarring, menstrual problems, and difficulty in conceiving. The most common treatments of endometriosis includes surgery and the use of hormones. But there are also natural ways to treat endometriosis through proper diet, using herbs, and taking supplements. Endometriosis is not apparent and most of the time can go undetected for a long periods of time. It is a condition where the tissue lining in the uterus spreads and grows outside the uterus.
When a woman has endometriosis the lining of the uterus that should have been eliminated during menstruation instead migrates and attaches itself to other parts of the body outside the uterus. These parts can be varied, including other organs of the body. It can entwine itself around the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder and intestines and in some cases can travel to distant areas such as the lungs.
Endometriosis symptoms include premenstrual and menstrual pain that intensifies each month. Bleeding can be heavy during menstruation, together with spotting or bleeding between periods. Another common occurrence is pain during intercourse. Other areas can also be affected, such as the stomach or lower back.
Most medical organizations consider this condition to be a hormone related disease. Either the body is producing too much estrogen or too little progesterone or the liver is not breaking down the active estrogen in a timely manner. Therefore, emphasis in treatment is placed on supporting the liver and digestive system with the proper nutrients and supplementation, together with balancing the hormones with herbs.
The following treatments are commonly used in treating this condition:
The first is to cut back on animal fats, especially high-fat dairy, red meat and fish. These animal fats contain dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) which have been associated with endometriosis.
Additional beneficial foods and herbs include:
* Flavones, celery and parsley of which are an excellent source.
* Flaxseeds, which are high in lignans and fiber.
* Chaste-tree berry.
Studies have indicated that Omega 3’s may be beneficial when addressing this condition. These can be found in fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies. However, because of the dioxins and PCB’s that they contain, it may be preferable to take an Omega 3 supplement that contains a minimal amount of these environmental chemicals.
Excess cortisol also plays an important role in the progression of endometriosis. Prolonged stress leads to the elevation of this hormone which may result in hormonal imbalance. It is important to eliminate unnecessary stress or relieve and learn to cope with the stresses brought on by day-to-day life. Relaxation exercises, meditation, and breathing exercises are effective in developing these coping mechanisms.
Herbs and supplements recommended for stress relief include ashwagandha, B-Complex vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, calcium and magnesium. Calcium is necessary for the proper absorption of magnesium. When taking these supplements it should be on a calcium magnesium ratio of 2:1 or 3:1. Other beneficial supplements include vitamin E, folic acid, and selenium.
Herbs that support the liver and digestive system are goldenseal, dandelion, artichoke, milk thistle, and burdock, while xanthoxylon, ocotillo, goldenseal, and witch hazel improve pelvic circulation. Ginger tea may be effective in relieving the nausea associated with endometriosis.
Instead of relying on pain relievers, there are natural alternatives that will relieve pain, such as crampbark, black haw, valerian, and wild yam.