Do You Suffer Endometriosis
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Endometriosis has now reached an all time high in its ever-growing presence. This disease is often debilitating both physical and emotionally. A significant portion of women that have endometriosis are asymptomatic (No symptoms). It is one of the most misdiagnosed and under diagnosed conditions in women with many health care professional not having enough education to identify the disease and its presenting symptoms. This is often why it is 12 years from initial onset to definitive diagnosis and this is really terrible that so many women get missed on a daily basis.
Many women diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome actually have endometriosis and not IBS. It can also play major havoc with the emotions, hormones and the libido. Many women with it also have pain on intercourse which further lessens the desire around sex. If you get painful periods and can’t get out of bed, there is a good chance that you actually have it. Although a significant portion of women with endometriosis are asymptomatic, meaning they would not even know they have it. It is just that we only hear about the people in pain and presume all people with endometriosis get pain, when in fact they don’t.
Please refer to my previous posts on what a normal menstrual cycle should be like.
In a nut shell, women should not get pain with their menstrual cycle and period pain is not normal.
To date, Western medicine does not know how or even why it occurs. The only solution that has been offered in the past was to laser it. This usually has a recurrence rate of up to 80%. Recently many doctors have been cutting it out, which offers better relief with less recurrence. However, it still usually recurs. Why is this?
Primarily it is because they are just treating the symptoms and not the cause. You can take away most physical symptoms very easily, but if the real cause isn’t addressed at the same time, you have no chance of a full recovery. This includes emotional factors. Also many of the hormones that women are put on after surgery; mask the problem and can actually make it worse. By actually stopping the period, like many of these hormones do, there is an increased risk of further endometriosis growing. Sure, while you have no period, you have no pain or symptoms, but internally it is still there waiting to flare up again. This is caused by, emotional outlook and the very hormones that were supposed to be helping.
The Chinese consider Blood Stagnation and long-term Liver Qi Stagnation as the cause of endometriosis. In essence, what this means is that over a long period of time emotional issues, poor diet etc have caused stagnation in the body, which then manifests in real physical symptoms.In Chinese medicine they believe on of the root causes behind endometriosis and many gynaecological problems is long-term emotional problems such as frustration, anger and long-term resentment, with other factors such as diet adding to the inflammation. While there will always be an emotion aspect to any long term health issue, what comes first, the chicken or the egg, is not of concern here. Whether the old Chinese texts are right, or wrong, what we do need to do, is look at the emotions as part of the overall condition and help with emotional support also. There will always be an emotional aspect to endometriosis as most people know and much of this is brought about by the pain and suffering for those with this horrible disease.
Just so people know, when Chinese Medicine talks about blood stagnation, this is literal stagnant blood, which blocks the vessels and then causes pain etc. This would be very similar to what we see with varicose veins and what we actually see with endometriosis. We often see this show up in dark and clotted menstrual blood and this is a key symptoms of endometriosis
Extended use of The Pill, the increasing levels of hormones in our food and a protein deficient diet have caused some problems too.
Increased levels of insulin caused by a high GI diet lead to inflammation in the body and these further fuel conditions such as endometriosis. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful diets out there attesting to be the cure for endometriosis, but half are them are actually making it worse. Unless the diet is about reducing grains, high GI carbs, sugars and increasing proteins etc then it isn’t going to help endometriosis. But at the end of the day it is diet, emotions and lifestyle that really does make this condition worse and further exacerbates this condition, so this needs to be a big part of the treatment
So what is the solution to this problem?
In my opinion I think the best course of action is to use a combined approach. For severe cases you will need to see a good gynaecologist to get as much of the endometriosis cut out (not lasered). Secondly, use Chinese medicine to treat the root cause. This will be the primary treatment after surgery and help stop it coming back. By treating the cause, it will prevent it from coming back and help with the overall control of this disease. Hormones treatments aren’t always the key either. They often mask the symptoms of the disease, making it harder to diagnose and can often make this condition worse.
Lastly, see a good counselor. Emotions are a big part of this disease and you also need to learn coping skills around pain management and lifestyle changes. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can also help both the physical & emotional side, but sometimes solution-based therapy is needed for best results.
So, the solution to endometriosis is Surgery, Acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Naturopathy, Diet, Lifestyle changes and counseling. Surgery is a very much-needed process if the problem is either too acute or chronic, in order to alleviate and remove painful symptoms. Some hormone based therpaies may be needed for very severe cases. However, in the end the Chinese medicine, holistic medicine, diet and lifestyle changes treats the root cause. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines for treating Endometriosis now states that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is a recommended therapy. We really can help, but for anything to work more effective you have to use a combined multimodality approach and be prepared to follow the treatment through properly.