Treating your endometriosis with drugs and hormone treatment does not have to be your only option.
There are many safe and natural treatments and simple self help measures you can use to help with your symptoms.
Using natural treatments and therapies for endometriosis has helped many to reduce their symptoms, reduce their pain and improve their overall health. It was the use of natural remedies along with diet that supported my own health and eventually led to me being free of endometriosis.
You can use these natural therapies in combination with conventional treatments. In fact they will help you to support your immune system and in turn this will enable you to deal better with endometriosis.
You need to be vigilant and be careful what you put in your body and diet has been a key factor for many to reducing their symptoms. You also need to be mindful what you put on your body and reduce your use of chemicals which can damage your delicate hormonal balance.
In addition going to see a natural health practitioner can provide much needed support for your physical and mental health and different treatments will be offered depending on your own individual health issues.
There are also many other self help measures you can implement for yourself to help relieve your symptoms and help to reduce your pain. As well as diet changes, there are various supplements that can help with specific symptoms of endometriosis.
Lets look at how you can support your health....
There are various natural therapies and choosing which one to use depends on personal choice. You need to choose a therapy you feel comfortable with, and you also need to feel relaxed with the person you will be working with. If you are concerned about needles then acupuncture may no be for you. Likewise, if you do not like the idea of taking strong herbal remedies then another option may be better.
Whichever natural treatment you choose, they all work to heal the whole body and will help to boost your immune system.
The most common therapies available are:
You can read a more detailed description of each natural treatment option HERE
There are many other alternative and natural therapies, but most of these focus on specific health issues like muscular/skeletal issues, pain specialists, and emotional issues.
Diet & Nutrition
The diet for endometriosis has helped many to improve their health and reduce their symptoms.
There are many stories and testimonies that validate the diet, where it has helped to reduce or eliminate symptoms, especially the pain and inflammation caused by endometriosis.
The key focus of the diet is to eliminate inflammatory foods and those foods that aggravate or cause pain. Additionally the diet will help to reduce the painful cramps and will reduce estrogen levels which can feed endometriosis.
You will find an in-depth explanation of the endometriosis diet HERE
NAC is a powerful antioxidant with some interesting data behind it specific to endometriosis. In a 2013 study of ninety-two women in Italy, forty-seven took NAC and forty-two took a placebo. Of those who took 600 mg of NAC three times a day, twenty-four patients cancelled their scheduled laparoscopy due to a decrease or disappearance of endometriosis, improved pain reduction, or because they had become pregnant!
Essential Fatty Acids
Taking a high-quality fish oil, borage oil, or evening primrose oil will help the body balance its inflammation levels.
Vitamin E is anti-inflammatory and helps the body control inflammation and metabolise estrogen.
A good B-Complex can be taken daily to help the body metabolise estrogen. Take 50mg daily.
Magnesium helps with the cramp-like pain of endometriosis, helps the body assimilate iron which can help prevent anaemia, and is a potent sleep aid.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red raspberry leaf is one of the best herbs to use for women dealing with hormonal issues and imbalances, especially in relation to the menstrual cycle. Its astringent properties help reduce uterine inflammation and pain.
Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme found in the digestive tract of Japanese silkworms that can break down excess protein in the body like scar tissue.
Methyl Sulphonyl Methane (Sulphur) is a dietary supplement that can help to reduce the pain, inflammation and symptoms of endometriosis. Find more advice about MSM HERE
Omega 3 oils
These are key oils to use to reduce your symptoms of endometriosis.
Omega 3 oils help to increase the positive prostaglandins which help to reduce inflammation. The best sources of omega 3 is found in oily fish, walnut oil, anchovies, chia seeds, flax seeds. You can also supplement with a good quality omega 3 oil which comes in various strengths.
Gluten has been shown to increase inflammation and can limit iron absorption. Iron is crucial for the transportation of oxygen around the body and if you have low amounts of iron, you are likely to feel tired more frequently.
Also, iron is an important supplement for women with endometriosis, as they tend to have heavy periods and this can lead to low iron levels.
Removing toxic chemicals really does help to reduce the symptoms of endometriosis.
Many of the chemicals found in toiletries and household products produce xenoestrogens which mimic the actions of estrogen in your body. They also act as endocrine disruptors and cause havoc on your whole hormone system. You can find more about toxic toiletries and why they cause problems with endometriosis HERE
Castor Oil Packs
These may not seem so obvious but castor oil packs are great for your health and help with pain and inflammation. You can use a pack on your abdomen to help with menstrual pain and cramps.
Using a castor oil pack in the evening can help you to relax and a good way to use them is over your liver area to help with detoxing your system, and can also calm your central nervous system. There is a full description how to do a castor oil pack HERE
Natural Pain Relief
You don't only have to use prescription pain meds to help with your pain. There are many treatments and supplements that can help with pain and inflammation.
This includes acupuncture, yoga, Menastil - a product made especially for menstrual pain, Arnica - a homeopathic treatment, and there are various dietary supplements that can really help with pain. The details of many natural pain treatments and supplements is found HERE
By using some of these natural treatments you will give your body a better chance to deal with endometriosis and reduce your symptoms. You need to be committed to maintain improvements and not 'fall off the wagon'.
Some women have seen their symptoms improve very quickly using these natural methods and have adapted to the changes they have taken, to ensure continued improvements in their health and .stop endometriosis controlling their lives.
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