What is Endometriosis or Endo?
Endometriosis occurs when tissues inside the uterus lining are found outside the uterus and in other parts of the body, e.g. ovaries, Fallopian tubes, bladder, large intestine, etc. Some of the most noticeable symptoms of Endo are severe and persistent period pain, pelvic pain. It is possible to have endometriosis and not have these symptoms. Other symptoms may include:
It is important to understand that Endometriosis is a common condition that influences more than 700,000 Australian women of reproductive age. There are different types of Endometriosis treatments including medications, surgical operation, naturopath, and acupuncture in conjunction with herbal medicine, etc.
Western Medicine approach to Endometriosis:
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine approach to Endometriosis:
From the views of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Endometriosis occurs due to the slowdown and immobility of blood flow through the pelvic area and dysfunction in certain organs, especially the kidneys and liver as they are perceived to support the reproductive system.
Unlike Western medicine that focuses on relieving symptoms and temporary improvements, Chinese medicine specialists often tackle the underlying factors causing Endometriosis while preventing a recurrence. Acupuncture and herbal medicine, in combination with specific lifestyle alternations, may improve blood flow, regulate periods, therefore, may relieve endometriosis symptoms like severe pain in the pelvic region and may increase women’s chances at fertility.