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The Best Treatment for Endometriosis is Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

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A gynecological condition that can lead to extreme stomach and pelvic pain, endometriosis can also result in infertility, and/or heavy menstrual bleeding. Oftentimes, not until the woman has showed symptoms for several years, Western medicine will only be able to make a diagnosis of this condition. Furthermore, Western medicine can confirm a diagnosis of endometriosis only by surgery.

Pain is mild in some sufferers who may be aware that they have endometriosis only because of exploratory surgery performed to find out the reason for their infertility. Some women may feel significant pain that would impact their lives a few days each month while others may experience severe pain that may force them to get out of bed, strain their relationships, and/or miss work.

The pain may be experienced during a bowel movement, urination, sexual activity, or ovulation. There are women who may have to endure the pain at unpredictable times, randomly, or even every day.

Unfortunately, Western medicine has no cure for women with endometriosis and there is little it can offer them other than to manage the pain through the use of anti-inflammatory medications, pain killers, hormonal drugs, or surgery. And because this condition tends to come back, sufferers have to endure decades of their lives struggling with infertility, and taking painkillers and hormonal drugs.

In certain cases, patients have to go through several operations; for some, this can be as frequent one surgery every nine months. Besides that, endometriosis, oftentimes come with other conditions such as immune system dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. For a lot of women, the situation seems hopeless

Can Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Cure Endometriosis?

One can understand the despair that endometriosis can cause for any woman who has experienced the painful symptoms of this disease. A lot of Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists in New York who specialize in treating endometriosis have developed an effective plan of treatment that can drastically lessen any infertility problems, bleeding, and pain.

The 5,000 year-old Chinese healing technique of acupuncture comes with no side effects, is less costly, less risky, and far less invasive than pharmaceutical medications or surgery. One does not require a surgical diagnosis of endometriosis in Chinese medicine in order to effectively treat it. This is because Chinese medicine does not make a distinction between endometriosis and other diseases with the same symptomatic presentation.

However, this type of medicine does make a distinction when it comes to signs and symptoms patterns that mark the uniqueness of each patient’s disease. Through these patterns, one can identify the root cause of the disease or the underlying imbalance of the condition. This is how Chinese medicine comes up with a diagnosis which leads to a formulation of a treatment plan that would address both the signs and symptoms of the patient and her underlying root problem.

Some acupuncturists may ask the patient if she experiences recurring vaginal infections; when the pain is most experienced; whether pressing on the lower stomach makes it worse or better; whether the pain is stabbing, sharp, fixed, down bearing, or dull; or whether the application of cold or heat help improve the symptoms. The practitioner may also ask questions about your menstrual cycle. The information you provide will give the practitioner an idea about your underlying energetic imbalance and the Chinese medicine treatments (nutritional therapy, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture) to be used to resolve the problem.

The treatment of endometriosis also requires the inclusion of nutritional therapy. This therapy strengthens the body’s ability to create natural anti-inflammatory compounds that can prevent the development of the disease. Also, practitioners desire to lower estrogen levels naturally by supporting the liver. This organ controls the detoxification of excess estrogen which helps reduce the symptoms, since endometriosis is estrogen-driven. Foods to avoid since they tend to elevate estrogen levels in the body include animal protein, caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. Foods that can help regulate estrogen levels and therefore are recommended for eating include high-fiber whole foods, and fresh vegetables & fruits. Your acupuncturist may also need to examine you to see if there is a systemic yeast overabundance in your stomach the may contribute to the dysfunction and inflammation.

Endometriosis patients should remember that for their specific disease pattern, they should take the proper Chinese herbal formulas. The herbal remedies can naturally regulate the immune system function, balance hormones, relieve pain, nourish vital organs, and help detoxify the body.

Endometriosis patients would need to undergo one acupuncture treatment each week for six weeks to a couple of months. Then, possibly prior to ovulation and menstruation, a couple of monthly treatments may be still required. The aim of the treatment is to rectify imbalances to Qi energy, normalize blood flow, and of course, relieve pain.

Most patients with endometriosis tend to have a 50% to 100% resolution of their symptoms after three to six months of treatment. The benefits of the treatment can include an overall better health, stronger immunity, increased fertility, and a decrease in bleeding and pain. Chinese medicine and acupuncture help prevent or lessen the recurrence of endometriosis for people who have had surgery.

Written by Valerie

October 11th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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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

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Acupuncture and Endometriosis

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In the United States, endometriosis affects about 22% of women; for women with painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea), about 60% of them do suffer from this condition (endometriosis).

Endometriosis is the development of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and is a chronic condition. The endometrial tissue which usually is confined in the pelvic cavity can be found in other parts of the body. It still responds to the hormonal fluctuations occurring during the menstrual cycle in the same manner the cells in the lining in the uterus lining react resulting in pain, inflammation and bleeding.

A lot of women with this condition do not know that they suffer from endometriosis since most of them show mild symptoms of this disease. Some, however, do experience severe symptoms such as fertility problems, heavy bleeding, painful sex, and pain.

Western medicine’s way of treating endometriosis include the use of NSAID medications (painkillers), hormone therapies and the co0mbined use of surgery (laparoscopy) and oral contraceptive pills. No known cure for endometriosis exists and so the coping mechanisms of women with endometrial symptoms are often acutely inadequate.

Acupuncture and Endometriosis

A study done in 2010 showing acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating endometriosis has revealed that women who were given acupuncture treatments manifested a substantial decrease in the magnitude of their pain after receiving 10 treatments. Older studies also revealed that electro-acupuncture can significantly reduce endometriosis-induced dysmenorrhea symptoms while Japanese style acupuncture can effectively be used as a well-tolerated and safe adjunct therapy for endometriosis associated with pelvic pain.

Acupuncture is also a proven effective and efficient treatment for dysmenorrhea.

How does Acupuncture treat endometriosis?

According to traditional Chinese Medicine theory, endometriosis is due to Blood Stagnation combined with related pathologies such as Qi deficiency, Cold and Heat among others. The goals of acupuncture treatment are to regulate the menstrual cycle, remove Blood stagnation and alleviate the pain. Acupuncture treatment is connected to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Because the goal of acupuncture is to treat the whole person, her other imbalances are also taken into account during the treatment so that she may have a customized/personalized plan of treatment.

Your symptoms and your own unique constitution will determine the type of treatment you are given and the duration of your treatment. The length of treatment differs a lot from person to person. For endometriosis treatment however, regular treatment may require a longer term than other health problems. They may last a mere three months to nine months or even longer.

 

Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33463
(561) 932-3905
http://www.acu-wellness.com

Written by Valerie

October 8th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

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