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Acupuncture Is a Preferred Mode of Treatment for a Lot of Endometriosis Sufferers

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Endometriosis sufferers are those who would do anything just to get some bit of relief from the horrible pain they periodically find themselves in. Western conventional modes of treatment for this condition include surgery (hysterectomy and laparoscopy), hormone therapy, and drugs. These treatments are quite invasive and have adverse side effects on the patient. That is why more and more endometriosis patients are seeking natural alternative solutions for their condition. There are about 3% of women in the United States suffering from endometriosis each year; in cases of female infertility, 40% of them are caused by endometriosis. The signs and symptoms of this disease include painful urination, pain during sexual intercourse, low back and stomach pain, and painful menstruation. Endometriosis is a chronic disease which can easily lead to depression for the sufferer. One form of alternative therapy for it is acupuncture, a holistic type of treatment that can be used as an adjunctive therapy to Western treatment modalities or as a standalone treatment for endometriosis in order to restore the patient’s normal menstrual cycle, help lessen her urinary frequency and aid her in getting pregnant.

Endometriosis occurs when a woman’s endometrial tissue develops outside her uterus. Usually, this pathological tissue growth occurs in the fallopian tubes and the ovaries resulting in pain and fertility problems; however outgrowth of endometrial tissue can also happen in other parts of the body. This tissue attaches itself to organs and other tissue causing tissue scar and adhesions. Scar tissue development can impair vascularity that can eventually affect tissue and organ function. If the ovaries are affected, the egg may not be able to fertilize. If the fallopian tubes are affected the egg may be unable to fertilize or can get fertilized but might not get out of the fallopian tubes. This leads to what is known as an ectopic pregnancy.

Endometriosis Risk Factors

Women in their 20s and 30s are the most at risk for endometriosis. Women in this age group are also the most likely to develop pelvic pain and infertility. While laparoscopy can support the signs and symptoms of endometriosis, endometriosis can only be ascertained with a histological examination. This condition is rarely discovered in women who already are in menopause. When they start to reach menopause a lot of these women may find that their symptoms begin to wane up to the point when they completely vanish. If you have a family member suffering from this disease, there is a 7% chance that you will develop the condition as well. Other people at risk are those who wait till their remaining fertile years to become pregnant as well as women who are in stressful jobs or work in long hours.

How do acupuncturists diagnose and resolve endometriosis?

According to traditional Chinese medicine, Blood Stagnation is the most common diagnosis (cause) for endometriosis. This arises from the clotting of menstrual blood. Other factors that may be considered a diagnosis for this condition include Yang Kidney Deficiency, Qi Spleen Deficiency, and Qi Liver Stagnation. Each of these patterns of disharmony can manifest different syndromes which can mean a different type of treatment for each syndrome. Sufferers of Yang Kidney Deficiency will show the symptoms of cold sensations in various parts of the body; cysts; clear and abundant vaginal discharge; low back pain; nocturia; tinnitus; cold feet and hands; and clear and frequent urination. Women suffering from Qi Spleen Deficiency may experience heavy sensation in the stomach; hemorrhoids; stomach bloating; fatigue; loose stools; heavy hemorrhaging; and pre-menstrual spotting. Liver Qi Stagnation patients will manifest symptoms of menstrual headaches.

In resolving endometriosis, the acupuncturist needs to choose the right treatment approach that specifically addresses the patient’s own needs although the movement of blood is always included in the objectives of the treatment. Tonifying Yang Kidney or Blood and Qi can be a part of the treatment plan in certain circumstances.

Apart from acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies in New York can help boost the effectiveness of endometriosis treatment. You need to talk to your traditional Chinese medicine practitioner to see if you can avail of Chinese herbal medicine. Changing your lifestyle and dietary habits is also required in order to minimize blood clotting.

There may be other equally powerful alternative healthcare treatments out there that you can avail yourself of. So, prior to using medications or committing yourself to surgery, be sure to consider alternative and/or complimentary therapies that may be far better than the conventional modes of treatment in terms of safety and potency.

Written by Valerie

April 26th, 2015 at 10:04 am

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