Natural Remedies for Endometriosis

This is a term for the condition wherein the endometrial tissue that usually lines the inside of the uterus is growing outside your uterus instead.

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The tissue continues to swell and bleed during menstruation but the discharge cannot leave the body, thus causing inflammation, pain and scarring.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Some of the following may be present, or you may be asymptomatic:

  • Bloating
  • Blood in urine
  • Constipation
  • Cramps during bowel movements
  • Cramps during sexual intercourse
  • Cramps while urinating
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Low back pain
  • Menstruation irregularity
  • Nausea
  • Pain with pelvic examinations
  • Pelvic pain, esp. during menstruation

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

There is no known cure for this ailment, but allopathic medicine can provide pain relief, fertility treatments, hormonal treatments and surgery. There have been some promising natural treatments that have reduced the pain and that support a healthy internal healing environment.

SELF TREATMENT

The substances and suggestions here are offered to you for further research.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against physical disease and disorder. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

While the above is true, there is no scientific data that suggests any specific healthy food might be more helpful than others, only that those who ate a lot of green vegetables and fruit had lower risk while those who ate excessive red meat had a higher risk. The following will include foods that influence estrogen and other hormones, inflammation or immune function.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Anti-inflammatory foods
  • Avocados
  • Bone broth
  • Chia seeds
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Fiber-rich foods
  • Flax seeds
  • Fruit
  • Green vegetables
  • Hemp seeds
  • Hormone-free protein
  • Magnesium-rich foods
  • Wild asparagus
  • Wild fish, preferably from cold waters

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Daiiry
  • Fatty foods
  • Foods with additives and hormones
  • Fried foods
  • Gluten: experiment with elimination
  • Processed sugars
  • Red meats
  • Smoking
  • Soy and other estrogenic foods
  • Trans fats

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Chamomile
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Red raspberry leaf

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Black cohosh
  • Black Haw (Stag bush)
  • Blue cohosh
  • Chasteberry
  • Clary sage
  • Couchgrass
  • Cramp bark
  • Cranberry
  • Dandelion root
  • Dong quai
  • Ginger
  • Licorice
  • Oregon Grape root
  • Pau d’Arco
  • Peppermint
  • Plantain
  • Red raspberry
  • John’s wort
  • Turmeric
  • Uva ursi
  • Valerian
  • White willow
  • Wild asparagus
  • Yam

Many other herbs are used in Chinese Herbal Medicine that are best used in combinations.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut on the skin, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath.

  • Basil
  • Benzoin
  • Bergamot
  • Black pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Clary sage
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Patchouli
  • Primrose oil
  • Recipes of combinations are published online, specifically for the condition.
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Calcium
  • Cannabis for reduction in pain and inflammation
  • Chasteberry
  • Echinacea
  • EPA
  • EPO
  • Folate (do your research on this)
  • Licorice extract
  • Magnesium
  • Milk thistle
  • Multi-vitamin
  • Omega 3’s
  • Progesterone cream
  • Pycnogenol
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin E

HYDRATION

Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½- 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Use honey as your sweetener (anti-inflammatory).
  • Avoid exposure to dioxins (found in municipal drinking water); chlorophyll can remove dioxins from the body.
  • Castor oil packs
  • Fermented cod liver oil
  • Lose weight if you are overweight. Excess body fat may increase estrogen levels.
  • Restrict exposure to environmental chemicals like PCB’s. Main source of PCB’s is the fat in animal food.
  • Sitz bath

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

 

 

 

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