Has your gynecologist told you you have endometriosis?
If so, you would have also received prescriptions for hormone treatment.
A person suffering from this condition has cells from the inner lining of the womb(endometrium) growing on other organs such as ovaries, bowels, pelvis, fallopian tubes, etc. which gives rise to pain which increases with every menstrual period, heavy bleeding during periods and problems in conceiving.
But are you aware that you can treat this condition naturally at home? It is very much possible to avoid the use of drugs (and their side effects) for getting rid of this condition, You can make use of natural remedies and natural methods, and a few modifications in your diet and lifestyle to effect a cure:
Endometriosis is a very discomforting condition wherein the affected woman suffers lower abdominal pain with uncontrolled bleeding, cramps before and after the onset of menstruation, low back pain during menstrual periods and sometimes during bowel movements, constipation, fatigue, and a general uneasy feeling in the abdomen for most days in the month.
In some cases, the frequency of urination goes up along with the presentation of other symptoms.
During a menstrual period, the inner lining of the uterus would normally get eliminated. But in a person with endometriosis, this lining, instead of going out of the body, wraps itself around organs other than the uterus.
One of the known causes of this condition is a hormonal imbalance – i.e., excess estrogen or less progesterone:
This is the most accepted cause since it has been found that estrogen is necessary to induce endometriosis.
Dioxins produced while heating fatty foods in plastic containers in a microwave is known to cause hormonal imbalances.
Excess of the hormone cortisol, produced during stress, is another factor that promotes endometriosis.
Excess of the hormone prostaglandin during menstrual periods causes excess uterine muscle activity, resulting in cramping.
Another cause is the occurrence of retrograde menstruation wherein the endometrium, instead of getting shed each month from the body, flows back through the fallopian tubes into the abdominal cavity and attaches itself there.
While in most women, the immune system can fight back the endometrium, it manages to affix itself on to the other organs in a few cases, causing endometriosis.
Conventional medicine will normally prescribe drugs or surgery – but when you have natural methods of treatment for this condition, it makes good sense to follow these because of lack of adverse side-effects, and also because of the efficacy of these methods:
The underlying principle behind natural treatment for endometriosis is to balance the hormone levels in the body. Some of the natural foods recommended in this connection are cruciferous vegetables, parsley, celery, flaxseeds, and chaste-tree berry.
Foods and herbs, which help the liver and digestive system maintain good hormonal balance include dandelion and artichoke.
Simultaneously one has to abstain from red meats and fish, which contain dioxins that have an adverse role in endometriosis. (Fish can, however, if eaten in small quantities, suppress prostaglandin production, which is responsible for abdominal cramps.)
Apart from the diet, the person who has endometriosis needs also to manage her stress levels.
In this regard, a good, effective practice is to follow a daily routine of meditation or yoga and pranayama.
Herbs such as ashwagandha help control stress; you can also take vitamins like zinc, ascorbic acid, and magnesium.
You can avoid the use of tampons – instead, use napkins.
There is one more alternative form of treatment – acupressure – which one can try out to relieve the pain and discomfort from endometriosis.
One acupressure point is on the inside of the leg, 2 inches above the ankle, and the other at the meeting point of the bones of the thumb and index finger.