Endometriosis is a common chronic inflammatory illness of the reproductive system that affects women of all ages. Pelvic pain, especially menstrual pain or ovulation pain, is the most widespread sign of this illness, though there is no characteristic type or timing of pain. The pain can develop at any time of the month; while some women experience no pain at all, others feel pain that ranges from mild to excruciating and disabling.
Sharp pains felt during intercourse and bowel movements are the other possible symptoms. Some women experience infertility. Heavy periods can occur with endometriosis.
Endometriosis occurs when small pockets of the uterus lining (called endometrial tissue) grow outside of the uterus in the pelvic area – for instance, on the pelvic floor, bowels, bladder or ovaries. Most likely the pain occurs as a result of the inflammation and irritation this tissue causes outside the uterus walls. Scars can form as result of chronic inflammation, and this can cause infertility. What causes these pockets to develop outside the uterus is not clear; however, evidence suggests a weak immune system.
Without intervention, endometriosis ceases almost entirely after menopause.
Treatment by diet and herbal remedies can offer an alternative to using powerful drugs to stop endometrial tissue forming outside the uterus.
Unrefined, cold-pressed Seed and Nut oils, for instance, Flax-seed oil, Sunflower oil or Walnut oil contain essential fatty acids, which the body uses to manufacture anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.
Use these oils daily or as salads or in sauces and to help inhibit the body’s production of inflammatory substances and to correct the prostaglandin imbalance which often accompanies endometriosis.
Seafoods and sea vegetables should be included in the diet.
They provide iodine, a deficiency of which can trigger the development of endometriosis. It is safe to say that optimizing the iodine in one’s diet is desirable!
Good food sources of iodine include Kelp, Pulse, Swiss Chard, Turnip greens, Watercress, Pineapples, Egg Yolks and Seafoods.
The oil of fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel provides E.P.A., which is used by the body to manufacture anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.
Most important, avoid animal meat and all dairy products, since the excess oestrogen they contain causes a susceptibility to endometriosis.
Also, avoid chocolate, coffee, salt, sugar, fried foods and preserved foods. These foods rob the body of essential nutrients and aggravate the symptoms of endometriosis.
The most important herb to treat endometriosis is Vitex Agnus-castus (Chaste berry).
This herb will help block the excessive oestrogen levels often found in the patient with endometriosis.
Other herbs which are used to treat endometriosis include Black Cohosh, which has the ability to ease the pain often associated with this condition.
Liver herbs are always good in this condition to help the liver deal with hormonal imbalance – herbs such as Milk Thistle or Dandelion are excellent for stimulating the liver to burn up the excess hormones being produced in endometriosis.