Endometriosis affects 176 million women worldwide, and 10% of the women’s population is affected. Many of the symptoms of this disease are undetected or can be thought to be symptoms of menstruation. Endometriosis occurs when tissue like that which lines the uterus is found outside the uterus, often in the abdomen on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and ligaments that support the uterus. The common symptoms include heavy cramps, extended periods, heavy menstrual flow, and infertility. The only Western Cure for this ailment is a hysterectomy. However, acupuncture has been proven to improve blood flow and allow conception to take place.
Endometriosis was first discovered in 1860, although women have been dealing with it throughout history. It is unclear why these cells are found outside the uterus. The most common place for these cells to appear are the cervix, vaginal-rectal space, ovaries, fallopian tubes, colon, and bladder wall. There are three types of Endometriosis:
- Mild – Small, flat patches of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus
- Moderate – Dark Cysts ranging from the size of a pea to larger than a grapefruit within the ovary
- Severe – Bands of fibrous scar tissues that fixes the pelvic organs together
The traditional Chinese treatment focuses on the symptoms, treating this disease with diet restrictions, herbal therapy, and acupuncture. For your body to remain healthy, you must produce a clean and fresh blood supply. When your blood does not flow properly, it is referred to as blood stagnation. The direct stimulation created from acupuncture can prompt the deterioration of pathologic proliferating cells, allowing blood to flow properly. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are also known to reduce stress, increasing your energy and blood flow throughout the body. Herbal treatment can ensure your menstrual blood is efficiently moved and discharged in endometriosis. This treatment specifically aims to move the stagnant blood and Qi, relieving pain and infertility while reducing stress, a major contributor to the disease. The practice of acupuncture is based on the theory that “Qi” energy flows inside of the body of every individual along distinct pathways which are known as meridians. When an illness or pain occurs, it is believed to be caused by a blocking or an unbalancing of that Qi. Acupuncture, thus, seeks to unblock and influence the flow of Qi and bring the body back into balance
March is Endometriosis Awareness month. Too many women suffer from this disease and are not aware of the problem that may be causing their infertility. If you struggle with infertility and want to learn more about how we can help, call Dr. Litman at Longevity Acupuncture. Her team can do a full assessment of your health and develop a personalized treatment plan.