How much relief will someone with severe endometriosis experience from treatment with Chinese medicine?
It really depends on the client’s commitment toward the requirements necessary for treatment. One must be willing to invest in themselves, make room for some lifestyle changes, modify their diet, undergo regular acupuncture treatment, and take the herbal formulas.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a modern disease. Chinese medicine treats the western disease diagnosis of ‘endometriosis’ by treating the signs and symptoms displayed by the client into traditional Chinese medical disease patterns.
The most common symptom associated with endometriosis is pain-surrounding menses.
Endometriosis can be one of the major causes of infertility. Many women who have failed multiple artificial insemination and IVF cycles have various degrees of endometriosis, either diagnosed or undiagnosed.
Endometrium is the name given to the inside lining of the cavity of the uterus (the womb). In a percentage of women, patches of endometrium-like tissue are found elsewhere in the pelvis or abdomen – on the ovaries, uterus, bowel, bladder, ligaments (bands of tissue that hold the uterus in place) and in the Pouch of Douglas (the area between the uterus and bowel).
The most common signs of Endometriosis are:
- Pain before and during periods
- Pain with intercourse
- General, chronic pelvic pain throughout the month
- Lower back pain
- Heavy and/or irregular periods
- Painful bowel movements, especially during menstruation
- Painful urination during menstruation
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- General digestive disorders
Note not everyone who has endometriosis experiences menstrual pain.
The later stages of Endometriosis:
Adhesions usually develop in the pelvic cavity caused by untreated cysts. These adhesions will seriously interfere with normal functions of organs in the pelvis, causing bowel obstructions, digestive problems, infertility, urinary problems and agonizing pain.
How we view Endometriosis in Chinese Medicine:
In Chinese medicine endometriosis is seen as blood stagnation. When a TCM practitioner diagnoses the pattern they will treat the root cause of the blood stagnation.
In Traditional Chinese medicine treats the individual person, not the disease.
The most common patterns we see in clinic are :-
- Qi stagnation with blood stagnation
- Yang deficiency with blood stagnation
- Qi sinking with blood stagnation
- Stagnation of cold
Having regular acupuncture treatment and taking chinese herbs will help to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms associated with endometriosis.
Diet for Endometriosis
Women who suspect endometriosis should cut down on their yeast consumption, as yeast overgrowth has been recently implicated in endometriosis. Also, since yeast thrives on sugar, strictly avoid sugar, as well as any artificial sweeteners and dairy.
Make an appointment today with us if you are suffering from endometriosis.