Endometriosis is a whole-body inflammatory & immune driven condition characterised by displaced endometrial like tissue within our pelvic cavity.
Gold standard for the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis is laparoscopy however for many but not all this is not always initially encouraged nor preferred by the patient.
Medications exist to control estrogen which can make the condition worse however this does not fix the underlying mechanisms as to why the patient has endometriosis and comes with side effects such as low bone density, menopausal symptoms and at times menstrual pain & irregular bleeding.
Again there is a time and place for surgery and medication and I am not anti either option, I encourage patients to understand their options and work with a GP and specialist to know the right time for these options.
What we need to be exploring more is an integrative approach encompassing the options of surgery, medication, naturopathic immune support, microbiome management and inflammation control, physical therapy and mental health.
Having a team of professionals around you is key to the successful management of endometriosis which includes naturopathic medicine. Here I explain options for the management of endometriosis.
NAC decreased abnormal cell growth, decreased inflammation and reduced inflammatory genes. NAC also supports the production of glutathione in the liver, which is a potent antioxidant.
NAC is also not only safe for those with endometriosis looking to fall pregnant but is indicated fin improving egg quality.
Several evidences have shown the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-angiogenesis, and anti-metastatic activities of curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to not only reduce endometrial tissue inflammation but also suppress the proliferation of endometrial cells (read more here).
Estrogen can antagonise histamine creation which in turn can lead to estrogen increases. A vicious cycle .By cutting out dietary amines we can stop this loop and reduce symptoms. Quercetin is also effective in controling histamine levels within the body.
Example amine foods are fermented meats, drinks (including kombucha) and dairy products, leftovers, avocado, over ripe bananas and tomatoes.
- Build core strength and maintain a routine of light to moderate intensity cardio
- Avoid movement during times of pain, likely 1-2 days before, during menstruation and around the time of ovulation.
It is most important is that you listen to your body so that you do not encourage further pain. Your body has different needs to the person next to you doing HIIT classes 7 days a week!
LPS or endotoxins are known to be a leading cause of endometriosis. These toxins build up in the peritoneal cavity where they encourage the proliferation of endometrial tissue. Strict avoidance of plastics, chemicals in skin and beauty products, nail saloons and as best we can our physical environment will slow the proliferation of the condition.
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Jennifer Ward, Adv dip Nat, BCom Econ, Masters Repro Med (studying)
Jennifer is a qualified naturopath with a focus on fertility, pregnancy, hormonal imbalances.
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