The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.

Endometriosis-

Endometriosis is the growth of endometrial tissue (the lining of the uterus) outside the uterus itself. It can occur on the ovaries, fallopian tubes and cervix, as well as on the bladder, rectum and intestines. Sometimes it is even found outside of the pelvic area. Because it is tissue like the uterine lining, it grows each month with the stimulation of estrogen and progesterone, and with the menstrual period bleeds as well. This internal bleeding can cause cysts and adhesions to develop. It usually affects women between 25 and 40, but can occur even in the early teens with the first periods. The hallmark of the disease is pelvic pain, especially severe pain just before and during periods which is often unresponsive to pain medications. There may also be pain with intercourse, pain with bowel movements and infertility. While your health care practitioner may feel this is the diagnosis based on your symptoms and her exam, it can only be firmly established with a laparoscopy (a surgical tool which can visualize the pelvis through a small incision). Conventional treatment includes hormonal treatment with birth control pills or medications which decrease pituitary hormones, surgery to remove the endometriosis, or hysterectomy.

Natural treatment includes a whole foods diet with the elimination of estrogen containing meat and dairy products, plenty of phytoestrogen foods including soy, flax, and other beans and grains, vitamin and mineral supplementation including plenty of Vitamin C, betacarotene, vitamin E, B vitamins and magnesium. Massage and manipulation can be helpful, as well as alternating pelvic sitz baths ( hot then cold 4-6 times).

Endometriosis may be connected with a conflict between a womanís innermost needs and desires and the demands of the outside world. Working with a counselor to identify your inner needs and how to fulfill them will be helpful.

Herbal treatment addresses balancing hormones, improving elimination and circulation, and the relief of pain.

To correct hormonal imbalance-
Vitex-
helps to normalize hormonal production and ovulation through its effects on the pituitary gland
Dosage- Liquid extract- 1/2 teaspoon each morning
Dry herb in capsules- 500 mg each morning
Standardized extract-225 milligrams of an extract standardized for 0.5 percent agnusides

To improve elimination-
Dandelion-
a very good nutritive herb with high levels of vitamins and minerals. Dandelion improves liver function, helping to metabolize hormones.
Dosage-Liquid extract- 1 teaspoon three times a day
Dry herb in capsules- 1000 mg three times a day

Other herbs- Milk Thistle, Burdock, Artichoke, Yellow Dock, Goldenseal

To improve circulation-
Prickly ash-
Stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems
Liquid extract- 1/2 teaspoon three times a day
Dried herb in capsules- 500 mg three times a day

Other herbs-Ocotillo, Cayenne, Ginger,Witch Hazel

Relief of pain-
Kava-
a good antispasmodic for pain relief

Other herbs- Cramp bark, Black Haw, California Poppy, Wild Yam, Black Cohosh, Jamaican Dogwood

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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