Endometriosis happens when the endometrial lining (uterine lining) grows outside of the uterus, most frequently on the fallopian tubes and in the abdomen. It can grow almost anywhere in the body and sheds with the normal hormonal cycle.
Endometrial tissue can be of a light filmy composition and growth can be severe enough to be deeply imbedding fibrous scar tissue which restricts movement of organs in the abdominal cavity. It is estimated that it may afflict at least 10% of woman of child bearing years. Risk factors of endometriosis include early onset of menses, heavy bleeding, IUD usage, family history of endometriosis, poor sexual relationships or sexual abuse, poor diet, frequent genital infections.
Symptoms of endometriosis include pains (abdominal, back, vaginal, and uterine) and pain while having sex, infertility, painful menstruation, gas, bloating, and urinary irregularities. Causes of endometriosis include theories such as reverse flow periods, stress, and poor immune response – there is no consensus. Medical response: diagnosis of endometriosis comes by ultrasound when women have pain or infertility. Symptoms of endometriosis are treated with NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) which may lead to gastrointestinal bleeding and other side effects.
The next step in treating endometriosis is to prescribe estrogen in the form of birth control pills. While somewhat effective for endometriosis, it creates numerous side effect risks. Next some treatments for endometriosis include medications that put a woman into semi-menopause state (risky). Surgery to remove scar tissue from endometriosis may be beneficial but not increase ability to conceive. Surgery has risks, especially when symptoms of endometriosis recur. The last ditch effort to treat endometriosis is a total hysterectomy – ovaries and all – which is very risky.
Natural treatments for endometriosis include a comprehensive evaluation with family history, abuse issues if any, self esteem, diet, physical symptoms, and emotional outlook. The body, mind and spirit are connected and need to be treated as such.
Endometriosis can be helped naturally with a combination of natural supplements. It may take several months to a couple of years for most symptoms to leave. Whether or not endometriosis can be cured is up to your body, but symptoms can usually be managed effectively and a woman can feel much better. Fertility issues may also have a better outcome. The woman must be dedicated to an ongoing lifestyle.
The natural strategy is to adjust lifestyle, dissolve scar tissue, reduce pain, improve immune function and most importantly to restore hormonal function and address emotional issues. Diet is vital as there must be no tobacco, and no more than one drink of alcohol, tea or coffee per week. There is no room for fast or processed foods.
Lifestyle should include a fairly non-stressful job and personal relationships; cultivate healthy relationships and nurturing friends. This may be the hardest challenge. Exercise regularly, mild to moderate movement.
Natural supplement essential on a daily basis includes fish oil, not the concentrated type, but salmon oil. 6,000 to 10,000 milligrams a day helps symptoms of endometriosis, is anti-inflammatory and cardio protective.
Herbs for EndometriosisHerbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Herbal Pain Formula for Endometriosis
Use a combination of the following herbs for endometrial pain in capsule or liquid for maximum benefit, and adjust as your condition improves. Therapeutic dose is equal to one capsule of each herb or 1 liquid dropper full of an herbal tincture 3 times a day.
Wild yam root – pain, spasms, gas and bloating.
Cramp bark – pain and spasms, anti-inflammatory, digestive aid.
Valerian – spasms, nerve pain, slightly sedating.
Chamomile – calm pains, anti-inflammatory, digestive aid improving gas and bloating.
Herbs for endometriosis chronic issues to support hormones, liver, immune and lymphatic system.
Vitex – hormone regulation, symptoms of pms.
Dandelion root – support liver function, detoxification of body and tissues.
Ashwaganda – thyroid, endocrine, adrenal and immune support; reduces stress.
Dong Quai – improve pelvic blood flow.
Cell Salts to Help with Endometriosis
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
These endometriosis cell salts help the body to reduce scar tissue, and adhesions; use for 8 to 24 months. (Safe during pregnancy.)
#2 Calc fluor 6X – scar tissue, connective tissue health
#12 Silicea 6X – scar tissue, connective tissue health
Endometriosis Homeopathic RemediesHomeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
See both acute, chronic, and constitutional homeopathic remedies for endometriosis below:
Acute homeopathic remedies for endometriosis
use one of more of these remedies for acute or symptomatic relief; use as often as several time a day.
Medorrhinum (#1 homeopathic remedy for acute symptoms of endometriosis) – menstrual pain; from std (sexually transmitted diseases) even if resolved; menses is offensive smelling; vaginal inflammation; cervical pains; infertility; high sex drive.
Apis mellifica – mainly right-sided; pains burning and stinging, red hot; inflammation; feels better from cold applications; PMS; water retention; ovarian cysts; toxemia.
Belladonna – mainly right-sided hot red and throbbing pains; menses bright red blood, too early, too profuse and offensive smelling and hot; painful menstrual cramps; violent heaviness toward the genitals.
Bryonia – sharp pains mainly right sided when there is any movement; suppressed menses with a splitting headache; menstrual pains between periods with abdominal and pelvic soreness.
Mercurius corr – bladder disorders, burning pains; severely painful cystitis; vaginal inflammation; menses too early and too much; mucus thin as water; vaginal discharges yellow with sweet nauseous smell.
One of the following may be your constitutional remedy. You may have to visit a regular homeopathic for your specific remedy. For chronic problems, use your constitutional remedy.
Carcinosinum (#1homeopathic remedy for chronic symptoms of endometriosis) – tendency to cancer; chronic fatigue; keloid scarring; brittle bones; loves music, dancing and is a perfectionist; sexual or emotional abuse; ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and tumors.
Arsenicum album – burning pains relieved by hot applications (heating pad, hot shower, etc); perfectionist; chronic fatigue; vaginal discharges acrid, burning, offensive and thin; more right ovary pain sharp and burning; vaginal dryness and itching.
Cimicifuga – cramps; hot flashes; menopausal problems; pain in back of neck and shoulders; feels like there is a dark cloud over the head. Pain across the pelvis from hip to hip; menses are dark, profuse and coagulated and scanty with backache.
Lachesis – usually left-sided; can’t bear anything tight around neck; jealous; PMS, less menstrual flow the more the pain; left sided ovarian pains relieved by flow onset; menopausal hot flashes; high sex drive.
Medorrhinum – menstrual pain; from std (sexually transmitted diseases) even if resolved; menses is offensive smelling; vaginal inflammation; cervical pains; infertility; high sex drive.
Pulsatilla – cries easily; symptoms chant frequently; fears of abandonment; lack of menses flow from stress; menses late and too little; vaginal discharges acrid milky and thick.
Sepia – estrogen dominant from hormonal changes or chemical birth control; very low sex drive; worn out, wants to be alone; shuns even family; tendency to miscarriages; bearing down pain; prolapsed uterus; PMS; never well since puberty or childbirth; menses irregular, early, profuse or too late and scanty; infertility; hot flashes.
Thuja – suppressed sexually transmitted disease; vaginal or genital warts; low self esteem; left sided; discharges yellow or greenish; vagina inflamed or sensitive; uterine polyps; left sided ovarian cysts; cervical erosions; symptoms worse from cold and damp.
Please be advised to speak to your healthcare professional before attemping any of these remedies.