Endometriosis is a painful condition that some women suffer with in their child bearing age due to overgrowth of the uterine tissue outside the uterus. The lining of uterus, which normally gets eliminated during a woman’s menstrual cycle, gets attached to other organs of the body like ovaries, bladder, intestines, fallopian tubes located outside the uterus when a woman has endometriosis.
As the complete uterine lining does not get expelled during each menstrual period, one can experience severe pain in the region where the tissue accumulates. Most women with endometriosis experience pain in both sides of the pelvis, lower back pain, heavy menstrual periods, uterine cramps, fatigue, nausea, constipation, painful intercourse and sometimes difficulty in conceiving.
Natural Ways To Cure Endometriosis
Though the exact cause of endometriosis is not known, natural medicine considers endometriosis to be a hormone related disease. This condition can arise either due to excess production of estrogen, due to too little progesterone or when liver is not processing the active estrogen properly.
So naturopathy places more importance on supporting the digestive system and the liver with proper nutrient rich diet, supplements, herbs and also balancing the hormones and gaining relief from the painful symptoms using other natural methods like acupuncture, massage etc. Following natural cures are used for treating endometriosis.
Cutting Back Certain Foods
It is quite evident that hormonal imbalance, particularly reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone, are a major cause for endometriosis. So for creating a proper balance of these hormones, cutting back on certain foods, especially animal fats, is necessary.
Red meat, high-fat dairy products, excessive intake of coffee, tea and colas, processed foods, shell-fish and farmed fish, and salty foods are some of the foods you must avoid, if you have endometriosis. Animal fats contain polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxin that can encourage hormonal imbalance and aggravate the symptoms.
Certain foods that are helpful in balancing estrogen and improving the metabolic process are fresh fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts. Foods like pineapple, garlic and onions can be helpful in reducing inflammation. To fight fatigue and other symptoms associated with endometriosis, include fatty fish, chicken, eggs, corn, rice, lentils, beans, peas etc. in your diet.
Also eat nuts, seeds and flaxseed oil, primrose and pumpkin oil. Foods containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid can be helpful in reducing inflammation, easing menstrual flow by relaxing the uterus and expanding the blood vessels and also relive you from pain. Drinking mineral water obtained from still sources is another effective remedy for endometriosis.
Herbs can be helpful in treating the symptoms of endometriosis. Herbs that are recommended to bring relief include ashwagandha and Siberian ginseng for stress relief and fatigue, echinacea for building immunity, and chaste berry and vitex for normalizing menstruation.
For balancing the hormones dong quai, motherwort and red raspberry are recommended. Dandelion and milk thistle can be helpful in improving liver function. Some herbal teas like ginger and chamomile may be effective in relieving the sufferer from nausea, fatigue and pain associated with endometriosis.
Hot And Cold Compress
Application of ice on the pelvic area for 15-20 minutes, several times a day can be helpful to relive endometriosis suffers from pain. You can also use ice and heating pad alternatively to get relief from pain.
Acupuncture can also aid in balancing reproductive hormones and restore proper balance, thus bringing relief from other symptoms like pain and stress associated with endometriosis.
Massaging the stomach and pelvic area using essential oil can bring relief to the patient from pain. Massaging should be done on the stomach and pelvic area gently in clockwise motion. Massage will relax the muscles, improve blood circulation and ease pain.
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