Acupuncture for Endometriosis
Endometriosis and Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine can be extraordinarily helpful for managing endometriosis because it can reduce inflammation, promote healthy circulation and regulate the immune system.
There are several different health patterns in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that may explain why a woman has endometriosis. Each pattern is rooted in an imbalance in some aspect of the endocrine (hormone) system, immune system and/or circulatory system, ultimately resulting in what TCM practitioners understand as “qi and blood stasis.”
Translated into Western language, this basically means that blood and other bodily substances essential for health aren’t flowing as freely as they should be – they are out of balance. This results in an immune response creating chronic inflammation, scarring and adhesions which may potentially lead to extreme pain and fertility challenges.
How do you treat endometriosis with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine? By reducing inflammation, improving circulation, balancing the endocrine (hormone) system and ensuring that the body is able to efficiently metabolize hormones – especially estrogen.
Treating endometriosis takes time and patience and often requires using several different approaches. At Merritt Jones Family Acupuncture we utilize diet, lifestyle, Eastern medicine including acupuncture and herbal medicine, and natural Western medicine like homeopathy, and high quality supplements to promote and restore balance in the body. We recognize that for some cases, it is necessary to include more traditional Western care in a treatment plan, like laparoscopic surgery and/or some Western pharmaceuticals. We always seek to take an integrative approach when working with patients, and believe that acupuncture and integrative medicine can support you on your journey, wherever you are.
If you’ve been dealing with the pain and frustration that comes with endometriosis, I invite you to consider trying acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Read more about my story with endometriosis.
More About Endometriosis
Those of you who know what endometriosis is likely know the pain, suffering and frustration that can come with the condition, either firsthand or from watching someone you love go through it. It can take even the strongest, toughest women down at the knees.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”) is found outside the uterus, often attached to the ovaries, bladder, bowels and/or elsewhere in the pelvic cavity. Rarely, however, it can even travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. It induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue and extraordinary pain for some or all of the month. It is a common cause of infertility for women.
Endometriosis is estimated to affect nearly 1 in 10 women. It is not well understood by modern medicine – as a result, many women suffer for years without adequate management or treatment.
Most Western protocols for endometriosis involve pain management via strong pain medications, hormone prescription and other medications to manipulate hormone production and function. These tools can often be effective for managing the pain that comes with endo, but it is a short term solution to a long term condition. Such medications are not sustainable to stay on, as they can be addictive, and can cause major damage to the digestive system, liver and kidneys long term.