• Endometriosis

    Uses

    Principal Proposed Natural Treatments

    • None
    Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that occurs when uterine tissue (technically, endometrial tissue) grows outside the uterus. The misplaced fragments of tissue develop and bleed in response to the hormones of the menstrual cycle. In turn, this causes inflammation and damage in nearby tissues. Symptoms of endometriosis include fatigue, infertility, and cyclic pelvic pain made worse by urination, bowel movements, or sexual intercourse.
    Conventional treatment may involve anti-inflammatory medications, hormone therapies, and surgery. Unfortunately, such treatment is often not fully satisfactory.

    Proposed Natural Treatments

    Due to the limitations of conventional treatment for endometriosis, many women with this condition turn to alternative therapies. However, there is no reliable scientific evidence to indicate that any natural treatment can relieve or heal endometriosis.
    Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is one of the more commonly used alternative approaches to endometriosis. Chinese medical theory has its own unique way of interpreting the condition, using such concepts as “blood stasis” and “obstructed Qi.” It employs herbal combinations along with acupuncture in the hopes of restoring normal health. Commonly used herbs include corydalis , cnidium, bupleurum, dong quai , and perilla . Unfortunately, no double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of Chinese herbs for endometriosis have been conducted. A trial comparing Chinese herbal therapy to standard therapy is currently underway.
    Magnet therapy has been proposed for the treatment of many chronic pain conditions. However, a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 14 women with chronic pelvic pain (due to endometriosis or other causes) found no significant benefit with 2 weeks of treatment. 1 A larger study did find some evidence of benefit after 4 weeks of treatment, but a high dropout rate and other design problems compromised the meaningfulness of the results. 2
    Studies in animals suggest that fish oil , a source of omega-3 fatty acids, may be helpful for endometriosis. 3,4 However, human trials have not been reported.
    Western herbs such as crampbark, chasteberry , dandelion root , and prickly ash are sometimes suggested for the treatment of endometriosis, but there is no reliable evidence that they are helpful.
    Finally, some alternative practitioners associate endometriosis with chronic candida , food allergies , or immune weakness , but there is no meaningful scientific evidence to indicate that approaches based on these supposed connections provide any benefit.

    References

    1 Brown CS, Parker N, Ling F, et al. Effect of magnets on chronic pelvic pain. Obstet Gynecol. 2000;95:S29.

    2 Brown CS, Ling FW, Wan JY, et al. Efficacy of static magnetic field therapy in chronic pelvic pain: A double-blind pilot study. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2002;187:1581–1587.

    3 Covens AL, Christopher P, Casper RF. The effect of dietary supplementation with fish oil fatty acids on surgically induced endometriosis in the rabbit. Fertil Steril. 1988;49:698–703.

    4 Yano Y. Effect of dietary supplementation with eicosapentaenoic acid on surgically induced endometriosis in the rabbit. Nippon Sanka Fujinka Gakkai Zasshi. 1992;44:282–288.

    Revision Information

  • Join WellZones today.

    Make a Change For LifeLearn more

    Wellmont LiveWell is creating a new tradition of wellness in the mountains by providing individuals with tools and encouragement to live healthier lifestyles.

  • HeartSHAPE Spotlight

    HeartSHAPE® Test Learn more

    Fight heart disease early and prevent heart attacks with HeartSHAPE® - a painless, non-invasive test that takes pictures of your heart to scan for early-stage coronary disease.

  • Calories and Energy Needs

    Calorie NeedsLearn more

    How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.

  • Ideal Body Weight

    Ideal Body WeightLearn more

    Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.

  • Body Mass Index

    Body Mass IndexLearn more

    This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.


  • Can we help answer your questions?

    Wellmont Nurse Connection is your resource for valuable health information any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speak to a Nurse any time, day or night, at (423) 723-6877 or toll-free at 1-877-230-NURSE.