Choosing a natural therapy for Endometriosis

Just how do you choose a natural or complimentary therapy to help with the pain and  the varied symptoms of endometriosis?

Choosing natural therapies for endometriosis

There are many complementary approaches to health, often with a confusing overlap of influences and theories, and an immense variety of methods for diagnosis and treatment.  With the increasing popularity of complementary and alternative medicine, the number of therapies available has grown enormously.

The instincts you have about a therapy or a practitioner are important, as belief and trust play a significant role in healing.  Make sure that your practitioner is reputable and well trained.

You are likely to respond better to a therapy if its principles fit with your ideas on well-being and if you feel comfortable with its approach.  


Some of the things to consider about the type of therapy to use are:


  • are you happy about being touched or  having a massage
  • are you OK about swallowing pills and can usually remember to take them regularly
  • are you comfortable exploring your feelings with another person
  • would you be prepared to change your diet radically
  • can you tolerate the idea of having needles stuck in you
  • are you comfortable about the practitioner manipulating your body
  • do you mind getting undressed in front of the practitioner
  • are you happy with the idea that you can use your mind to influence your health

Issues to consider when looking for a natural health practitioner

Finding a Practitioner

Establishing a sense of rapport and trust with your practitioner is an important element of therapy if any benefits are to be derived from the treatment.  Another key factor is of course, finding a competent practitioner.

Finding a good practitioner may be simply a matter of trial and error, and there are many people who prefer to rely on work-of-mouth recommendations.  However, this approach is not necessarily reliable.

Training for alternative practitioners can range from as little as a correspondence course lasting only one weekend to three to four years of full or part time degree study.  

Make sure that the therapist/practitioner you are considering is adequately trained and reputable.  


Before embarking on any course of therapy you should ask your practitioner these questions:

  • What are the practitioners’ qualifications? What sort of training was undertaken, and for how long?
  • For how many years has the practitioner been in practise?
  • Is the practitioner registered with a recognised professional organisation, and does that organisation have a public directory?
  • Does the organisation have a code of practise, specifying the professional code of conduct?
  • Is treatment available on referral by your doctor?  Some therapies, such as chiropractic, osteopathy and acupuncture, are becoming accepted into mainstream medicine.
  • Can you claim for the treatment through your health insurance, if you have it?
  • What is the cost of treatment?
  • How many treatments might you expect to require?

Trust and empathy are important with your practitioner, and treatment is unlikely to succeed without it.  Treatment is often conducted on a one-to-one basis, so trust is imperative.

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