Far less invasive, risky or costly than drugs or surgery, acupuncture for endometriosis is a natural approach, without side effects. Chinesel medicine does not require a surgical diagnosis to treat endometriosis effectively.
Chinese medicine diagnoses according to patterns of symptoms and signs that characterize an individual woman’s disease. These patterns give clues as to the underlying imbalance, or root cause of the disease. This Chinese medical diagnosis allows the practitioner to individualize treatment specific to a particular woman’s disease pattern.
What to Expect
Some things you will be asked are whether the pain is improved with application of heat or cold; whether the pain is dull, down bearing, fixed, sharp or stabbing; whether putting pressure on the lower abdomen helps or makes it worse; when the pain is most experienced; and if there are recurring vaginal infections. She will also ask in-depth questions about the menstrual cycle itself. The answers provide evidence to define the underlying energetic imbalance and how to treat it with Chinese medicine, using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and nutritional therapy.
Acupuncture for Endometriosis
It will consist of weekly treatments for 6 to 8 weeks, then twice monthly thereafter. The acupuncture helps to relieve pain, regulate circulation and correct Qi energy imbalances.
It is also essential that the endometriosis patient take the appropriate Chinese herbal formula(s) for her specific disease pattern. These can help detoxify the body, nourish organs, decrease pain, balance hormones and regulate the immune system function naturally, without side effects.
Nutritional therapy is very important in the treatment of those with endometriosis. We can encourage the body to produce natural anti-inflammatory compounds with proper nutrition. And we want to be sure we are supporting the liver in its hormonal balancing function while minimizing the intake of hormone-like, endocrine disrupting compounds found in many commercially available foods.
After 3 to 6 months of treatment, most endometriosis sufferers can expect to be 50% to 100% out of pain. These women typically experience significantly reduced or completely resolved pain and bleeding, increased fertility, stronger immunity and overall better health. Chinese medicine is also useful to slow and prevent recurrence of the disease for those who have undergone surgery.