To help reduce your symptoms and start repairing the damage caused by endometriosis there are various self help measures and life-style changes you can make that will help support your immune system and your body
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Many are resistant to the idea that there is any chance of obtaining any long-term successful relief from endometriosis. They may have had many rounds of surgery or found that the drug treatment made them feel worse, but they continue on this path as this is all they know. Do they feel any better?
In some cases, women gain relief from the best surgery available, but surgery always carries risks, and sometimes the disease can come back. It may not return for some time, but it does happen. Even those who have had a total hysterectomy are finding that the disease comes back.
It could be time to change direction and look for alternatives ways of doing things with your health. It may be time to work with nature rather than against it. One of the key factors I kept in my mind while I was going through the throes of mending my body from endo, was learning the fascinating fact that the body repairs and replaces every cell in your body, even your bones, over the period of 7 years
That made me think.......long and hard. If this is the case, then why does the body replace old cells with new diseased cells? So I started aiming to ‘talk to my body’, to talk to all my cells, that they had better listen up and replace the old diseased cells with better healthy cells.
Mind over matter does work to help heal the body. There are some fascinating facts about the sub-conscious. Experiments have been done, for example putting a group of ex-service men together to see the effects of their environment on their health. They were put in an environment where the furniture style was the same as in their youth, they wore clothes from their youthful days and even listened to music from their younger day.
At the end of the experiment (which last a few weeks) the immune system of these guys had improved, their blood tests improved, their eye-sight improved, they had more energy – in total they just felt younger. You can read more about this in the book from Deepak Chopra - Quantum Healing
It was this research, and other stories like it that got me thinking about how I could ‘talk’ to my own body, which is what I did. Putting quality time aside each day doing mindful meditation. This may sound trite, but how can it be explained that some people gain remission from various diseases when they work at a sub-conscious level to heal their body. I developed an in-grained belief that I would get better, and kept working on that belief.
So what did make my endometriosis dry up (as confirmed by a laparoscopy)? Did I have a lucky remission? Was it the homeopathy I was using? Was it the diet I was following? Was it a combination of all these things? Quite frankly at the time I did not care. I was just glad to be free of the pain, fatigue, bloating, insomnia, weakness and all the other symptoms. But one thing I DID do was to look in other directions to regain my health.
What I am saying - it is possible to start repairing your body and reduce the inflammation and disabling symptoms of endometriosis - to start with you have an in-built mechanism to support you - your immune system. If you need encouragement read some of the stories here. The main focus is to reduce the effect this disease has on your life by reducing your symptoms (obviously), building up your immune system, reduce your toxic load from unwanted chemicals, and reducing your stress levels.
To start with - why do you have endometriosis?
What a painful and hard question! This disease is so cruel as no-one really seems to know why certain women develop this disease. Is it more common now than it was in the past? Is this a reflection of the increase in toxins in our environment?
There seem to be many women who develop endometriosis and yet no other members of her family or close friends have this disease - this could be a clue that there is something amiss in a woman's life. Of course if your endometriosis is hereditary then this is a different issue, but you can do much to reduce the impact of this disease.
Like I said before, nobody really knows the cause of endometriosis. Research into endometriosis is ongoing all the time, but most of this research is based around new surgical and drug treatments and looking for new diagnostic methods. But there seems to be little research into WHY this disease develops in the first place. It could be the result of external toxins in the environment, it could be from stress, it could be hereditary, or a combination of many issues.
Whatever the external trigger of endometriosis, internally you have the power, the mental resources and nature’s in-built healing machine - the immune system - all on your side.
Looking after your immune system requires good nutrition, keeping stress to a minimum, reducing your exposure to toxins, getting enough sleep and addressing any hormonal imbalances.
Important note: It is a normal healthy immune system that usually mops up the stray menstrual cells in your abdomen. If this does not happen then endometriosis can set in!
Meditation and the immune system
Meditation may help boost the body’s immune system and produce lasting positive changes in the brain.
Studies have shown that meditation helps reduce anxiety and stress. Many studies have been conducted by researchers that suggest meditation may also have positive biological effects on the body’s ability to fight infection and disease. ( 1 )
Stress and anxiety have a direct impact on levels of hormones such as cortisol which are known to effect immune function. It is also well known that stress will affect the immune system, your digestive system and stress may undermine any chances of healing.
Meditation and breathing exercises can help to control cortisol levels and reduce your stress levels. Certain aromatherapy oils have calming effects and some oils like lavender can reduce your cortisol.
Changes in your life
As said earlier, working towards healing from endometriosis will require some changes in your life. Some of these changes will be subtle, like changing to a positive mental attitude regarding your health. Aim to have faith that you can get better, which will boost your confidence and enforce your trust and commitment that you will regain your health.
These changes may include:
Get support - really important
The other key ingredient to regaining your health is to obtain as much support as possible as mentioned above. This support ideally could include some form of alternative/natural therapy or going to see a counsellor.
The benefits of getting this support are multi-faceted, some of which can be very subtle. It is not the type of natural therapy you choose which is so important, it is the one which feels right for you that is important. I highly recommend that you see a counsellor in person because they can pick up little clues as to what your personal needs are.
There is a growing trend of offering online health counselling and coaching and personally that does not feel the most nurturing way to be getting help. The idea of getting detailed support or advice via a computer, or even worse - just selling you a 'How to fix your body' manual is not the best form of support and guidance. It is much better to see a counsellor or health adviser in person. Having 1 to 1 contact has many benefits. I always felt so much better after seeing my homeopath and that benefit seemed to last for days with a great sense of well-being.
You may be able to do a lot to help yourself, like boosting your immune system through nutrition, detox or supplements, but the value of getting help and support from outside - from another person - has been proved to have enormous added value.
When seeing a natural health practitioner, every single persons treatment will be different, because we are all different. Therefore your treatment will be tailored to you, and this means it will be the best treatment for you.
You can also get excellent support through endometriosis message boards and social media. Many of these groups can offer valuable advice as well as support.
To sum up on factors that help you to heal: