Endometriosis is a pattern of disease that can be difficult to diagnose, and often takes a series of tests and specialists before a diagnosis is clear. Its difficulty resides in the large variety of symptoms that patients present, some of the common symptoms however may include: pelvic pain occurring just before menstruation and lessens after menstruation. Symptoms may also include painful intercourse, pain during bowel movement and urination. Symptoms can be excruciating and tend to gradually get worse over time. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help manage these symptoms and stabilize the growth pattern of the endometrial tissue.
Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue (found within the uterus), outside of the uterus. Often found by the bowel and ovaries. This tissue like the uterine tissue will bleed during the menstrual cycle, causing pain and discomfort. A diagnosis of endometriosis in severe cases may require surgery and may cause fertility issues. These are some treatment options in the different stages of this disease.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is an effective means of treating endometriosis pain and helping to improve symptoms to aid in infertility.
Treatment Options to Help Manage Symptoms:
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine these symptoms are referred to as Blood Stasis, we address these symptoms with a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. We help to promote blood circulation in the lower abdomen helping to reduce pain and regulate menstrual flow.
Treatment plans usually range from 6-12 months and measures changes during each menses. We help to improve menstrual flow quality, decrease pain pre-menstrually and help to decrease overall inflammation in your body. Acupuncture is recommended weekly with one timed during the most intense pain along with herbal medicine taken daily.
Also recommended in combination with acupuncture is Pelvic Abdominal Massage, this form of massage specifically addresses the abdomen and lower back to help decrease adhesion and scaring and improve circulation in the lower abdominal area. This like acupuncture will help to decrease pain and regulate flow over time. 12 consecutive sessions are what is usually recommended.
Treatment Options to Help you Conceive:
Both Acupuncture and Abdominal Massage can aid in enhancing your chances of conceiving. We work to improve uterine blood flow, removing adhesion and decreasing pelvic inflammation. All of which help to regulate your menstrual cycle and enhance your fertility.
In severe cases of endometriosis where the tissue has become wide spread and pain is debilitating, surgery may be a required option. The Obstetrician will perform a laparoscopic surgery to remove large adhesions of endometrial tissue from the abdomen. The surgery is the least invasive type of surgery and recovery is relatively fast due to the minimal insertions made. Regardless, recovery post-surgery still exists and over time the endometrial tissue tends to grown back. Acupuncture and massage can help to maintain results and speed recovery.
Treatment Options Post Laparoscopic Surgery:
Using Acupuncture post-surgery will help decrease inflammation and speed your recovery. Having acupuncture on a regular basis will help to continually manage inflammation allowing for a slower regression of symptoms and endometrial tissue.
Endometriosis is a difficult diagnosis to live with, management of the symptoms is key to maintaining tolerable levels of pain during menstrual cycles. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be a solution to manage mild to moderate levels of endometriosis, helping patients regain their quality of life. Consider it as one of your treatment options!