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Chinese Herbal Medicine Can Help Cure Endometriosis

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Endometriosis is a condition in which enodometrial tissues form outside the uterine wall or endometrium. This condition leads to symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, diffuse pelvic or stomach pain, infertility, pain during sex, premenstrual spotting, and painful menstrual cycles. Other symptoms that may arise include vomiting, nausea, fatigue, pain during bowel movement, pain shooting to the inner thigh, and low back pain. The pain’s intensity may not necessarily correspond to the severity of the disease, as there are sufferers who may not experience any pain at all. Western medicine treats endometriosis with drugs and/or surgery which does not necessarily cure the disease as there are cases when the tissue tends to grow back.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

One of the best alternative treatments for endometriosis is Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, for short. TCM has an excellent track record of removing pain. One of the best TCM modes of treatment for endometriosis is Chinese herbal medicine which is an ideal way of dissolving and decreasing abnormal tissue and stopping pain. Blood stagnation is the term Chinese medicine uses to define abnormal tissue growth. The body becomes out of balance which leads to the development of diseases when the flow of blood and Qi or energy in the body slows down or weakens due to a poor diet, too much work, stress, or hormonal imbalances. Several research experiments point to the effectiveness of TCM treatments for endometriosis; unfortunately, Western medicine seems to have little interest in the results due to lack of education and knowledge of Chinese medicine. If studies are not are not done in large sample sizes, double-blind, and randomized, their results are not take seriously. Maybe, five millennia of clinical evidence and success are good enough to convince Western medicine to accept this type of treatment as a valid way of curing endometriosis.

For TCM practitioners, endometriosis is a condition that they have been treating for thousands of years. These professionals see each patient as unique and so needs to be accorded a customized type of treatment that addresses their needs.

Most endometriosis patients experience a lessening of their pain within three menstrual periods. A lot of them experience a lessened intensity of symptoms and lessened cramping. The alleviation of pain is a huge benefit for these endometriosis sufferers.

Next, the level of menstrual flow decreases. The patient has a quality of life that is no longer filled with both emotional and physical discomfort caused by the disease.

TCM practice in the United States uses mostly Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture; lifestyle and nutritional recommendations are also included into the treatment protocol.

Lifestyle and Nutrition

-Activities to reduce stress and dietary modifications can significantly help.

-A diet rich in fiber and composed of Omega-3 oils, zinc, selenium, vitamin B foods, antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E (vegetables), and whole grains is recommended.

-Stay away from animal fats, alcohol, salt, and caffeine.

Research Shows TCM Works

Endometriosis – A randomized controlled study led by Andrew Flower, PhD, observed the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine in treating endometriosis patients who have undergone laparoscopic surgery. The patients treated with herbs had better resolution of their symptoms and better control of their pain than patient who have taken, Danazol; the results of herbal therapy were comparable to gestrinone, but the patients who used herbs had lesser side effects.

TCM decreases the longevity of the disease as well as lessens the symptoms of cramping, and stomach pain, several other studies show. They reveal that the most successful modes of treatment for endometriosis are Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Boynton Beach.

Treating endometriosis leads to fertility success. We see a significant rise in female infertility cases in the age we live in and so women should consider all treatment options.

One of the most important options they ought to consider is TCM as it not only cures infertility it also improves the quality of life of the person. A holistic type of treatment closes the gap between surgery and Western medicines, and improves pain management and the quality of life of the patient, all without the side effects of drugs.

Closing the gap between Eastern and Western medicine translates to better patient care and optimum health.

Written by Valerie

May 19th, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Posted in Acupuncture

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