Endometriosis and Alternative Pain Relief Therapies
Endometriosis is a serious health condition whereby the tissues that are found lining the uterus, which are
known as endometrial tissue are also found in other locations such as, the ovaries, the fallopian tubes and the
pelvic cavity. This condition can worsen over time If It Is not diagnosed and treated right away.
Endometriosis can lead to severe pain, scarring and heavy bleeding and in its most advanced
stage it can damage both the ovaries as well as the fallopian tubes.
There are a number of alternative therapies that can be put to good use for patients who suffer from
endometriosis. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believe that the causes of endometriosis can be
the stagnation of qi, blood stasis, dampness as well as phlegm, damp heat or in some cases a combination of any
number of these problems. TCM practitioners also believe that endometriosis could come about as a result of bodily
organs that are not as strong as they should be or ones that are too empty.
According to these practitioners the majority of the time the problem is related to vacuity, a concurrent
insufficiency in a variety of areas or else negative patterns that have developed over time.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the herbal treatments given can be combined with the practice of acupuncture,
and together they can help to regulate the endometriosis as well as the speed at which the blood is stagnating.
This can get at the cause of the endometriosis and can work to eradicate it.
Aromatherapy deals with healing oils and can be beneficial to women suffering from endometriosis. The adhesions
caused by endometriosis can be decreased by using a variety of oils, the most helpful being chamomile,
jasmine, neroli, rose, and lavender. These oils are both healing and antispasmodic in nature, and can work wonders
on the tissues and muscles.
Osteopathy is another alternative method which can aid the endometriosis patient. Osteopathic techniques
can be conducted by qualified osteopaths by way of the vagina in order to decrease a number of adhesions due to the
disease. These techniques will make it possible to drain areas of the pelvis, as well as relieve the pain that
occurs during the menstrual period, along with decreasing congestion in the uterus.
Shiatsu massage is another alternative practice that has been found through research studies to help relieve
pain that is related to endometriosis. Rolfing is also effective at improving circulation and also clears an
area around the reproductive organs, and thereby helps to encourage a soothing and relaxing response.
Naturopathic medicine can also be used as it provides nutritional support, and also supports the process of
detoxification, such as fasting to release toxins from the body.
Hypnosis, whether it is self-hypnosis, or hypnosis conducted by a qualified hypnotist has also been shown
to bring benefit to a patient with endometriosis as it relieves pain, and helps bring about a sense of
relaxation. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, are also worthwhile for relieving endometrial pain,
while biofeedback is commonly used as well.