Endometriosis is a condition where tissue that normally lines the uterus is found outside the uterus. It can stick to various pelvic organs such as the ovaries, bowel, rectum, bladder, and the delicate tissue lining the pelvis.
It is fairly common, occuring in up to 10% of women between ages 16-50, and it is believed to be the cause of infertility in 30-50% of infertile women. The cause of endometriosis is still not known.
One of the most common Chinese medicine causes for endometriosis is what we call “blood stasis.” “Blood stasis” is basically congealed or coagulated blood which is brought about by blocked energy in the pathways, known as meridians, of the body or insufficent energy to push the blood through the blood vessels.
Blocked or insufficient energy may be caused by emotional trauma, stress, constitutional weakness, surgical history, and/or exposure to cold (either environmentally or by consuming cold foods, especially during menstruation). Symptoms of “blood stasis” include: stabbing pain that is fixed, frequent or heavy bleeding, a purple tongue body, or bleeding with dark purple clots.
Conventional treatments for endometriosis include hormone therapies or surgery. These are often temporary, suppress the symptoms and can cause significant side effects. Drug therapy completely shuts off the activity of the ovaries (Lupron for example) and although surgery is often successful there is a high degree of reoccurence. Traditional Chinese medicine seeks to address the underlying cause of endometriosis and prevent reoccurence rather than provide a “band-aid” approach.
There is a strong association between endometriosis and infertility. Scar tissue and adhesions may obstruct or distort the shape of the fallopian tubes and prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. Endometriosis may also affect fertility by causing hormonal irregularities and a higher rate of early miscarriage. Acupuncture and herbal medicine help break down congealed blood/blot clots and dissolve masses, eliminate stray endometrial cells, relieve stress, and correct irregular cycles. Acupuncture can also help with the severe pain associated with the condition.
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