If you suffer from endometriosis natural remedies are going to be your best friend. I’m also going to tell you a secret that helped me so much when I was younger and suffered from endometriosis.
First off let’s look at what endometriosis is
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with your menstrual period. Although many women experience cramping during their menstrual period, women with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain that’s far worse than usual. They also tend to report that the pain has increased over time.
Common signs and symptoms of endometriosis may include:
- Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before and extend several days into your period and may include lower back and abdominal pain.
- Pain with intercourse. Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
- Pain with bowel movements or urination. You’re most likely to experience these symptoms during your period.
- Excessive bleeding. You may experience occasional heavy periods or bleeding between periods.
- Infertility. Endometriosis is first diagnosed in some women who are seeking treatment for infertility.
- Other symptoms. You may also experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.
The severity of your pain isn’t necessarily a reliable indicator of the extent of the condition. Some women with mild endometriosis have extensive pain, while others with advanced endometriosis may have little pain or even no pain at all.
Endometriosis is sometimes mistaken for other conditions that can cause pelvic pain, such as pelvic inflammatory disease or ovarian cysts. It may be confused with irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that causes bouts of diarrhea, constipation and abdominal cramping. IBS can accompany endometriosis, which can complicate the diagnosis. Endometriosis is also often coupled with fibromyalgia as well.
When Mayo clinics says that endometriosis can be mistaken for other conditions they aren’t kidding. Back in the 70’s and 80’s – before the internet – I suffered from endometriosis so bad I was hospitalized twice for other things. In retrospect I’m confident that these two events were related to the endometriosis. Over the thirty years I dealt with endometriosis before having, laparoscopic surgery. I would go to the doctors and they would tell me I had any number of things.
- Venereal disease – what 16 year old wants to hear that?
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- and my favorite, oh that’s normal
Seriously this went on for 30 years!
Can I tell you how much I would have loved to have the internet and endometriosis natural remedies available to me? I had had endometriosis so long that lesions had formed from the scar tissue which ended up closing off my Fallopian tubes. It was closing off my colon, too. There are things you can do to prevent endometriosis from getting to that stage. And honestly, I believe doctors are more aware of the condition, these days than they were back in the day.
Traditional Chinese Medicine links endometriosis with liver problems. While Traditional Chinese Medicine can seem very confusing upon first glance, we have learned not to underestimate its usefulness. A study titled Chinese Herbal Medicine For Endometriosis, at Southampton University revealed that Chinese herbal medicine is more effective for endometriosis relief than mainstream treatments are, with no side effects.
The liver is the primary organ that is responsible for the elimination of toxins. When the liver is unsuccessful at flushing toxins, they sometimes remain in the liver forever. These liver toxins are the most common cause of liver impairment. The liver is responsible for the regulation of the sex hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Increases in estrogen make endometriosis more severe, indicating yet another hormonal component of the condition and the condition’s relationship to liver health. The fact that this condition is caused by liver dysfunction means that women who opt for mainstream treatments will eventually find themselves in a worse condition after treatments than they were before treatments. This is because all pharmaceuticals stress the liver.
The Endometriosis Association has done massive amounts of research on the connection between endometriosis and dioxin exposure. Dioxins are a byproduct of chlorination, which is used to bleach sanitary towels and tampons. The bleaching process is known to release dioxins that remain on consumer products. This exposure, particularly in the case of tampons, could cause endometriosis or worsen it.
Okay so who knew tampons and sanitary napkins are partly responsible for this? I found a cool little gadget that can be used instead of thos bleached products. Totally in the endometriosis natural remedies category – You can find it here.
Of course diet plays a big role when it comes to endometriosis natural remedies.
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet like Puriums 10 day Transformation Plan. (Use the gift card code “bewellandprosper” to get a $50 discount)
- Eliminate dairy foods entirely for three weeks. Read labels carefully. Avoid all foods containing whey, casein, and cow’s milk or milk protein, because of the estrogenic hormones they may contain.
- Eat only hormone-free meat to avoid any additional estrogen exposure.
- Avoid soy foods. They contain low doses of estrogen
- Avoid alcohol. It affects how estrogen is metabolized in the body.
- Choose organic foods whenever possible.
- Experiment with traditional Chinese medicine.
- Take omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
- Try the herb dong quai It has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic effects. (Women with very heavy periods should avoid dong quai since it can make menstrual bleeding worse.)
- Try whole licorice extracts and organic aloe vera concentrate, which can be helpful for inflammatory disorders. Experiment with peony, which can help relieve menstrual cramps.
- Guided imagery or hypnosis can also be of great value.
- Drink a cup or two of red raspberry leaf tea daily to relieve cramps.
- Take 500 mg of supplemental calcium and 250 mg of magnesium daily.
- Try chaste tree herb. It is a general tonic for the female reproductive system. (Women on birth control pills or taking other hormonal drugs shouldn’t use chaste tree.)
So there you have it, endometriosis natural remedies. Now for that secret I alluded to at the intro. Ibuprofen (though I know it isn’t in the endometriosis natural remedies category) I know first hand that 800 milligrams makes a world of difference when you first start feeling the pain come on. While Ibuprofen is not a long term strategy for dealing with endometriosis, because it, too, stresses the liver. You will find pretty fast relief from the pain. As you incorporate the other endometriosis natural remedies, over time you just might find you don’t need the Ibuprofen as often.