Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects at least 6.3 million women and girls in the U.S., 1 million in Canada, and millions more worldwide. It occurs when tissue like that which lines the uterus (tissue called the endometrium) is found outside the uterus — usually in the abdomen on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and ligaments that support the uterus; the area between the vagina and rectum; the outer surface of the uterus; and the lining of the pelvic cavity. Other sites for these endometrial growths may include the bladder, bowel, vagina, cervix, vulva, and in abdominal surgical scars. Less commonly they are found in the lung, arm, thigh, and other locations.

This misplaced tissue develops into growths or lesions which respond to the menstrual cycle in the same way that the tissue of the uterine lining does: each month the tissue builds up, breaks down, and sheds. Menstrual blood flows from the uterus and out of the body through the vagina, but the blood and tissue shed from endometrial growths has no way of leaving the body. This results in internal bleeding, breakdown of the blood and tissue from the lesions, and inflammation — and can cause pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, and bowel problems

What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
* Pain before and during periods
* Pain with sex
* Infertility
* Fatigue
* Painful urination during periods
* Painful bowel movements during periods
* Other Gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea
Research by the Endometriosis Association revealed a startling link between dioxin (TCCD) exposure and the development of endometriosis. Dioxin is a toxic chemical byproduct of pesticide manufacturing, bleached pulp and paper products, and medical and municipal waste incineration. The EA discovered a colony of rhesus monkeys that had developed endometriosis after exposure to dioxin. 79% of the monkeys exposed to dioxin developed endometriosis, and, in addition, the more dioxin exposure, the more severe the endo.

What Causes Endometriosis?
The cause of endometriosis is unknown. The retrograde menstruation theory (transtubal migration theory) suggests that during menstruation some of the menstrual tissue backs up through the fallopian tubes, implants in the abdomen, and grows. Another theory suggests that endometrial tissue is distributed from the uterus to other parts of the body through the lymph system or through the blood system. A genetic theory suggests that it may be carried in the genes in certain families or that some families may have predisposing factors to endometriosis.

From: http://www.endometriosisassn.org/endo.html

1 comment:

  1. Acupuncture and Endometriosis
    Acupuncture is a low risk technique which I have found very effective for pain and symptoms of endometriosis. In the Oriental method of gynecology, known as "fu-ke" in the language of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), one of the most important approaches is also herbal medicine. In actuality, more than just herbs are used; recipes include roots, barks, flowers, and fruits. Endometriosis, postpartum disorders, premenstrual disorders, irregular periods, heavy bleeding, reduced fertility, hormone related emotional imbalances and pelvic pain, and menopausal syndromes, as well as many other gynecologic disorders can be treated with the help of acupuncture and herbal medicine.

    My own experience suggests that acupuncture and Chinese herbology are effective and much less unpleasant and dangerous than hormonal treatments or surgery to treat endometriosis. Compared to these methods of treatment, the cost of acupuncture therapy is also quite reasonable. It is true that some women will require surgical approaches for treatment of endometriosis, but it makes sense to try to obtain relief with less-risky procedures first.

    In addition, acupuncture, moxibustion, and Chinese medicine prepared from different plants are very effective in correcting many of the complex physical and hormonal disorders which can lead to reduced fertility or endometriosis.

    The treatment of endometriosis with acupuncture usually requires a commitment to enough time to rebalance the body's systems. If there is pain with the lunar cycle, then treatment must proceed until at least 3 normal cycles are achieved. From this point, it may be possible to use plant medicines with only the occasional acupuncture treatment to control symptoms. You can find out more by visiting our site to find out more about acupuncture and traditional medicine.

    Time will prove that the ancient and time proven traditions of medicine will help to reduce the suffering of a wide variety of diseases and syndromes. One secret of improving health at a reasonable cost lies in the utilization of these Oriental medicines along with the best of Western medicine.