Endometriosis is a condition where the lining of the uterus (endometrium) starts to grow at sites other than the uterus, such as the pelvic lining, the fallopian tubes, and ovaries and even beyond the pelvic region.
It can be a problematic and painful condition which may have symptoms such as painful sex, fatigue, infertility, painful and very heavy periods, digestive problems, etc. Hormonal medications and surgery may have limited efficacy whereas natural treatment can be a viable option.
Chaste berry is one herbal remedy that is seen to relieve endometriosis to an extent. Natural herbal remedies such as wild yam, valerian, black haw, etc. are seen to naturally help symptoms such as pelvic pain and discomfort.
Traditional Chinese herbal remedies can also help with this condition and may be prescribed after taking into account the medical history and individual symptoms.
Certain Ayurvedic remedies such as ashwagandha or ginger tea can also help.
There are several foods that are thought to naturally restore hormonal balance which in turn can help in managing this condition. Celery and parsley are good sources of flavones that are known to help restore hormonal balance.
It is recommended that women with endometriosis increase the amount of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, etc. in their diet. Flax seeds are also thought to have a naturally positive impact on estrogen levels.
Omega 3 fatty acids sourced from fish and other sources can also help because this nutrient is thought to inhibit the uncontrolled growth of endometrial tissue. Certain vitamin and mineral supplements such as zinc, the B vitamins and magnesium are also sometimes prescribed. Nutritional supplements such as folic acid, vitamin E, and selenium are also sometimes seen to help relieve symptoms and manage this condition.
Hydrotherapy that involves a sitz bath alternating between hot and cold water is recommended for easing pain and other symptoms.
The stress hormone cortisol is also thought to play a part in endometriosis symptom flare-ups. Controlling stress is important for managing endometriosis. Learning meditation and other relaxation techniques, visualization, breathing exercises can help lower stress levels.
Other Natural Remedies
Some women also find that homeopathy can help relieve the symptoms of endometriosis; however, the response is not always consistent. Aromatherapy and acupuncture are known to help reduce stress naturally and improve wellbeing – these can also help manage the symptoms of endometriosis.