Official statistics estimate that between 6-10% of women suffer from endometriosis, but from the size and selection of menstrual pain remedies at the pharmacy, it would seem likely that the numbers are much higher than that.
Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows and thrives beyond the uterine cavity. The most common place for endometrial lesions to occur is the lining of the abdominal cavity, called the peritoneum.
Women with endometriosis suffer most commonly from pelvic pain, especially during the menstrual cycle. This pain can be debilitating and even threatening to health from excessive blood loss.
In addition to pain and bleeding sometimes all month long, endometriosis is also credited with as much as 50% of cases of infertility.
Other signs and symptoms of endometriosis include the following:
- Pain before and during your period
- Lower back pain
- Pain during or after intercourse
- Fatigue, infertility, chronic pelvic pain not just during your period
- Painful bowel movements, constipation, diarrhea, painful urination during your period
- Heavy or irregular periods
When endometriosis involves the ovaries, tissue can grow and bleed over time forming what is called chocolate cysts.
Conventional Treatments? Drugs and Surgery
Unfortunately, if a woman visits her gynecologist about symptoms or complications related to endometriosis, only medication to control the pain or surgery for severe cases is all that is typically recommended.
If infertility is the result of endometriosis and the woman wishes to get pregnant, expensive fertility treatments are the order of the day which don’t in any way resolve the problem and may actually worsen a woman’s hormonal balance over time causing other problems down the line.
Resolving Endometriosis Wtih Diet and Non-Toxic Therapies
Fortunately, there is growing recognition that the pain and inflammation which characterizes endometriosis can be improved dramatically or even resolved completely with diet.
I myself suffered from endometriosis starting when I was a teenager and diet change alone with no other treatments whatsoever completely resolved the problem. I’ve been in complete remission now for well over 10 years.
If you are also experiencing symptoms of endometriosis, whether the problems are new to you or longstanding, there is hope with diet change combined with holistic therapies as needed.
Kim Schuette, CN and Certified GAPS Practitioner and owner of the clinic Biodynamic Wellness in Solana Beach, California reports that the following dietary changes have proven to be very helpful to women battling endometriosis:
- One TBL fermented cod liver oil TWICE daily for 60 days. Please note that the cod liver oil MUST be fermented as all the other cod liver oils on the market extract the oil using either heat or chemicals which alters the integrity of the oil and destroys nutrients. Click here for a list of suppliers of this critical supplement which is not available in stores.
- Traditional Diet with special emphasis on daily dietary fats such as raw butter and/or X-factor raw butter oil, egg yolks, organ meats and fish eggs. Click here for dietary guidelines for Traditional Diets. The over 80 free videos on this blog demonstrate many of the practical aspects of implementing the principles of Traditional Diets in your kitchen.
Holistic therapies that can be implemented as needed in conjunction with Traditional Diet to resolve problems with endometriosis include:
- Rubus ideaus, or gemmotherapy, at a dosage of 1/2 tsp in water twice daily.
Gemmotherapy is a therapeutic modality using stem cell extracts of fresh buds, shoots, roots or stems from embryonic or mature plants. This therapy is helpful for tissue regeneration, positive growth development and drainage of toxins. Rubus idaeus is derived from the shoots of the red raspberry bush and is a very effective remedy for drainage of the uterus and pelvic region. It also tonifies the uterus.
- Castor oil pack once daily or nightly over the liver and pelvic region. Click here for details on how to apply a castor oil pack properly.
- Coffee enemas can be a helpful addition to the process as needed.
If you are one of the millions of women suffering month after month with the debilitating effects of endometriosis, instead of bombarding your body with drugs every month or resorting to surgery to manage the problem, try diet change combined with holistic methods if needed to give yourself much needed permanent relief!
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist