Endometriosis is a condition where Endometrium – the tissue that normally lines the uterus – is found outside the uterus on the surface of other organs of the pelvis. It irritates the nerve endings of these organs and interferes with their functions, causing (often severe) pelvic pain, irregular menstrual bleeding, infertility and, sometimes, bowel and bladder symptoms.
In the theory of Chinese medicine, Endometriosis involves a stagnation of the blood in conjunction with other pathologies. If a woman is experiencing difficulty in falling pregnant as a result of Endometriosis, a deficiency of the kidney yang is usually involved.
Endometriosis is experienced by an estimated 3 – 7% of women, although the true extent of its occurrence remains unknown as the disease can often go undiagnosed for years.
Chinese herbal medicine and Acupuncture treat the menstrual cycle, moving the blood, clearing any stasis and breaking up masses during a woman’s period. Both methods assist in strengthening the kidney yang and moving the blood during ovulation.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can facilitate the free flow of energy through the body, alleviating the pain and discomfort associated with Endometriosis. (Traditional Chinese Medicine to Combat Endometriosis)
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