Endometriosis is a condition caused by misallocation and overgrowth of uterine endometrial tissue and attachment of this tissue to other organs. It is normal tissue growing in abnormal places.

Menstrual flow is heavy and painful and much of the waste flows back through the fallopian tubes instead of the normal path. This may result in fibrosis and adhesions within the area.

Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of female infertility. It can cause painful cycle, mood swings, breast pain, bloating and swollen hands and feet to name a few.

It is often caused by excessive levels of oestrogen, deficient progestreone, hormone imbalances that cause chemical imbalances within the body.

How can TCM Help?
Even though endometriosis was not clearly diagnosed until recent times, Chinese Medicine has been used to treat its symptoms for the last 3,000-4,000 years.

In treatment, your Chinese medicine practitioner aims to understand endometriosis based on the clinical manifestations that are apparent with each person. Diagnosis will be based on each individual according to their distinctive pattern. This pattern indicates the foundation and progression of the disorder

When formulating the pattern of the disorder, your TCM practitioner will take into account your menstrual history, cycle duration, described pain, the time of day the pain occurs, the location, and the nature and intensity of the pain.

Acupuncture and prescribed Chinese herbal formulas are used in the treatment of endometriosis. These in combination are chosen to help facilitate the free flow of energy through the body - to move blood, break up stagnation and stop pain. Each acupuncture point and Chinese herb chosen has a specific therapeutic significance based on the individual's diagnosis.

"Effect of abdominal acupuncture on relieving pain of pelvic cavity caused by endometriosis, reducing the level of serum CA125 is obverious than Tianqi Tongjing Capsule. However, the effects on reducing the size of the ovarian endometrial cyst and the size of uterus with adenomyosis are not significant. Therefore, it is concluded that abdominal acupuncture is a better choice for endometriosis with pain as the chief complaints."

- Effect of abdominal acupuncture on pain of pelvic cavity in patients with endometriosis, by DF Xiang, Q Sun and X Liang. Read more here.

"The therapeutic effect of acupuncture combined with acupoint sticking therapy is very significant for dysmenorrhea caused by endometriosis, and it is a good therapy for this kind of disease."

- Clinical observation on acupuncture combined with acupoint sticking therapy for treatment of dysmenorrhea caused by endometriosis, by M Chen, H Zhang, J Li, and GR Dong. Read more here.

Don't live with the pain and suffering of any disease. Dr Li's TCM Clinic has qualified practitioners who are confident in treating women's health concerns. Pick up the phone today and call to make an appointment.

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