Endometriosis: Facts and Natural Remedies

Endometriosis is an extremely painful and debilitating issue that can afflict women. It occurs when the cells lining the uterus grow abnormally and then attach themselves to other organs such as the ovaries or bowel.[1]

These cells are normally shed during menstruation, but in cases of endometriosis, they cannot be shed because they are growing in abnormal areas, so internal bleeding, excessive and acute pain and a feeling of general unwellness can occur at menstruation time monthly.[2]

Main Symptoms of Endometriosis

The most frequently reported symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Uterine pain (intense and relentless)
  • Growth of endometrial tissue on fallopian tubes, ovaries, urinary tract, bladder, bowel, pelvic floor
  • Lower back pain
  • Lower abdomen organ pain at menstruation time
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Excess bleeding
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Dysuria (pain during urination)
  • Iron deficiency (due to heavy bleeding in endometriosis sufferers)

No-one really knows what causes endometriosis but nutritionists, naturopathic practitioners, dieticians and other natural remedies specialists agree that the condition can be managed successfully with natural health and natural products approaches.

Some research has suggested that toxins such as PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls) and dioxin can cause spontaneous endometriosis in those exposed to these hazardous substances.[3]

Supplements to help you manage your endometriosis

YOU can help minimise your symptoms or manage your endometriosis more effectively with the help of various supplements.

The most important ones are:

  • Vitamin E at quantities of 200 IU a day. This helps to regulate your hormones
  • Vitamin K or alfalfa. Use about 200mcg a day. This facilitates healthy and appropriate blood clotting.
  • Fatty acids/EPA’s. 1200-1500mg per day. These also regulate your hormone production
  • Iron. To overcome iron deficiencies that are a result of heavy bleeding.
  • Vitamin B complex for healthy adrenal function.

Also introduce good portions of alfalfa and green leafy vegetables into your diet. Try to juice up some spinach and parsley into your carrot juices, and also add soy and nuts to your daily food intakes. Also make sure your diet comprises a high amount of raw vegetables and fruits. Aim for about a 50% ratio and steer clear of highly refined and processed foods. You may also like to try acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbs (TCM) or homeopathics or ayurvedic natural remedies.

Lastly, remember to introduce exercise into your lifestyle. It is excellent for endometriosis and general health and wellbeing.

Good fortune to you and I hope you thrive.

[1] http://www.thewomens.org.au/TreatingEndometriosis

[2] http://www.endometriosis.org.au/

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1513298