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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.

Written by Valerie

October 8th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Posted in Acupuncture

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