Cred: Holistic Health Oxford
Acupuncture has been researched to treat both endometriosis and menstrual pain with positive results as we have shown in our previous post here . While we are familiar with the Western viewpoint of endometriosis, let’s take a look at the Chinese Medicine analysis of the roots of this condition.
In Chinese Medicine, there are two ways if which the natural flow and circulation of the body can be stagnated: Qi and/or Blood. Qi can be visualized as the metabolism that moves the circulation through the body and Blood is the substance that nourishes the body’s organs and vitality. When one is blocked long term, the other will be affected. Qi blockage occurs most often due to long term stress and tension. Blood blockage can occur from the metabolism or Qi being blocked thus causing a slow-down of circulation and a build up of blood.
Another cause may be coldness in the lower abdomen as there is less circulation and flow when an area is cold. When your lower abdomen is already cold, it is important to eat warm foods that will aid the body’s digestion as well as nourish the body.
Chinese herbal medicine is used to balance hormonal levels and acupuncture is used to help the flow of blood and energy and to reduce symptoms like painful periods. Acupuncture and herbal treatments usually take 3 months to balance hormones and can continue for up to a year to cure dysmenorrheal and endometriosis. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can usually successfully treat endometriosis. Dietary support and stress management practices are also important for successful treatment. Endometriosis takes time to cure and acupuncture treatments should be ongoing obtain best results.