To reduce symptoms and start healing of endometriosis there are many self help measures you can use that will help support you in mind, body & soul
It really is possible to start repairing your body and reduce the disabling symptoms endometriosis - to start with you have an in-built mechanism to support you - your immune system. If you need encouragement read some of the great success stories here and here. The 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 of 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.
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: