Last Modified on Jul 21, 2014
What Is Endometriosis?
A condition associated with the female reproductive organs, endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that typically lines the inner walls of the uterus, the endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. This outer growth is called endometrial implant. Most commonly endometriosis involves the ovaries, bowel or tissue lining the pelvis and rarely goes beyond the pelvic region.
With this condition, the displace tissue continues to act as it would inside the uterus. During the menstrual cycle, the tissue thickens, breaks down and bleeds; however, the transplanted tissue has no way to exit the body. This trapped tissue then causes additional problems including cysts, irritation and inflammation. Eventually scar tissue and adhesions develop. As such, endometriosis is marked by several additional symptoms. Painful periods, pain during or after intercourse, discomfort with bowel movements and urination, excessive bleeding and infertility are all common. Additional symptoms may include fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and nausea, generally in conjunction with the menstrual cycle.
The exact cause of endometriosis is not known; however, several possible explanations have been identified. Commonly accepted causes for endometriosis include retrograde menstruation, embryonic cell growth, surgical scar implantation, endometrial cell transport and immune system disorder. Additionally, risk factors that are believed to contribute to the development of endometriosis include never giving birth, genetic predisposition, comorbid medical conditions, history of pelvic inflammation and uterine abnormalities.
Natural Cure for Endometriosis
Several natural remedies have been identified as effective treatments for endometriosis. Common options include apple cider vinegar and blackstrap molasses which help to balance the body’s pH and correct nutritional deficiencies. Charcoal poultices applied to the abdomen work to remove bacteria and toxins and relieve inflammation and pain as does red raspberry leaf tea. Another cure for endometriosis involves supplementing with Chinese herbs including milk thistle and bupleurum root. Additional options include coconut oil, turmeric and iodine. These options along with regular physical activity and a healthy, whole foods diet can relieve and cure endometriosis. See below for more recommendations from our readers!
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Adenomyosis Remedies
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Chinese Herbs
- Coconut Oil, Turmeric
- Eliminate Wheat
- Eliminate Wheat/Dairy, Chinese Herbs
- Endometrial Ablation Remedies
- Endometriosis Remedies
- Iodine Deficiency
- Multiple Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Serrapeptase, Pine Bark, Turmeric
09/25/2013: Sarah from Los Angeles, Ca: "Just received diagnosis of adenomyosis, which is similar to endometriosis except it is within the uterine wall. Experiencing debilitating pelvic pain, heavy periods and abdominal bloating. Western medicine provides only hormonal options or hysterectomy - neither of which will work as I am 'allergic' to synthetic hormones and still would like to become pregnant and have children. Please if anyone has natural remedies, if you could share them with me. I am scared and devastated. Recent history of physical and emotional trauma, PTSD may be contributing. I believe treatments for this ailment will differ from those for endometriosis."Replies
09/26/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Sarah,
I am so sorry about the terrible pain and stress you are having. So many have been relieved of disease with natural remedies and I am hopeful it will be the case for you as well.
I think it is possible that there may be some natural treatments for Adenomyosis that would be ones that work for Endometriosis. So many natural cures are solving the root problem. And many of us have the same root problem. Apple Cider Vinegar and Blackstrap Molasses help a shocking variety of health conditions. Probably because they are balancing the body PH and addressing nutritional deficiencies, respectively. They help the body to work better and heal from disease.
And those are two things that are inexpensive and easy to try. 1-2 T. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar morning and evening. 1 T. Blackstrap molasses, twice a day. It may sound too simple, but I personally have had great results with these two things.
Another thing is charcoal poultices. Charcoal works on bacteria, toxins, inflammation and pain. It has healed endometriosis and other female troubles among countless other things. I would try charcoal poultices on your abdomen, over your uterus 5 nights a week. If you go to the Activated Charcoal page on EC, How to Make a Charcoal Poultice is listed in the Table of Contents.
Red Raspberry Leaf is helpful to many female conditions. I would try drinking a couple of cups of the tea each day.
All of these things can be done together (though you may want to add just one a week to see how your body responds. ) Just one may work, but sometimes it helps to do several things.
You are having a lot of stress... if you can take a walk a few times a week, that would be good for stress and for general health.
Please keep us posted on your progess! May God give you healing and your heart's desire for children some day!
~Mama to Many~"
09/28/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Sarah, it wouldn't hurt to try Blackstrap Molasses. Start with 1/2 teaspoon daily. Read up on it."
[YEA] 12/09/2010: Shereen from Montego Bay, Jamaica: "Well I weigh abt 310 lbs, however I have been bleeding for more than two months with all the doctors visit now seem to help until one afternoon my mom said I should try and use the vinegar on my sanitary napkin so I research the vinegar and found your site I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar with water and it help me so much I even feel like am losing pounds thanks, earth clinic"
[YEA] 01/24/2009: Robin from Shakopee, Minnesota: "In August 2008, I was diagnosed with endometriosis after I was awakened at 3:00 A.M with very severe abdominal pain. Two weeks and three tests later, while still in pain my doctor told me 'when' the pain becomes severe for 'most of the month' and is 'unbearable' there were surgical options. At this time although I was still in pain all the time, the pain was much duller but it never went away. I tried ACV w/Baking Soda (2 Tbs. ACV w/ 1/4 tsp baking soda) mixed with a tall glass of water every morning and evening. After the 1st dose, the pain lessened in a matter of hours (after being constant for 3 weeks!). I started this regime on a Saturday, by Monday I was at work pain-free. I have had no problems at all since then. I did stop taking it for a month or so, but whenever I felt a 'pinch' or 'twitch' right around the time of my cycle, I'd start it back up. Now, I take two glasses every day to help with my fibroid, I'll never stop taking it again AND my cycles are not only regular, but pain-free also. BTW.. lost a few pounds too... a bonus!"Replies
08/25/2009: Jane Ong from Singapore replies: "2 glasses a day, concentrated? i am having bad problem with endometriosis, seeing a few doctors but was told it will get better after menopause..but the pain is affecting my life day in day out.."
08/10/2011: Willow from New York replies: "I have been diagnosed with endometriosis since I was 18yrs. old. I have taken all types of pain killers. I am not sure if the diagnosis is correct. However, I have pain 3 weeks out of the month. The week of menstrual flow I Feel Ok. I have been taking Depo Provera and it has stopped me from having a flow. Does anyone know if ACV will help me? Thanks"
11/28/2011: Linda from London, Uk replies: "Have you tried using serrapeptase? It is a miracle enzyme that eats all the dead tissue and helps descrease inflammation and pain. It is very good for endometriosis as it will not only alleviate pain but would also eat the scar tissue or any cysts you have. Just make sure you take high potency (at least 90 000 IU) and also it should be enteric coated capsules. Best of luck, Linda"
05/23/2012: Margaret from Port Of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago replies: "Hi I am the same I have pain three weeks out of the month, used to be two weeks out of the month, but since I am on a new birth control injection its gotten worse, I will try the ACV and baking soda anything to relieve this pain. Wish me luck:)"
04/26/2013: Amanda from Citco, Maine replies: "I would realy like to know how big everyone's cysts are because mine is 11cm an I'm wondering if any remedies have work for a women with a cysts that size. plz help."
04/26/2013: Joy from Battlegound, Wash replies: "Please read the book what your doctor may not tell you about menopause by John Lee, he has two pages in his book on how those cysts come about and how to deal with them....
Don't worry if you are not in menopause, he is a specialist in Ob/gyn for his life work, many women have looked to him for answers."
07/04/2013: Lynne from Dallas, Tx replies: "Did you eat anything when you were on this regimen or did you use it as a diet?"
01/23/2013: Adri from Fontana, Ca: "I read that the consumption of milk thistle plant extract with enhanced effects of estrogen in the body. As you digest the milk thistle, certain plant compounds in it begin to mimic the physiological functions of estrogen. As a result, hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibroids may be worsened.
It may be a better alternative to take chinese bitters (bupleurum root)."
[YEA] 03/20/2011: Holly from Atlanta, Ga: "After 4 years of ovarian cysts, uterine fibriod and endo issues (including 2 surgeries), I found an incredible website linking these estrogenic issues to the liver. Per www.sensiblehealth.com, I am taking Coptis at bedtime, Chinese Bitters upon waking, and am experiencing fantastic results. As well, have tried to eliminate estrogen mimicking foods and herbs which are also listed on the site. Please feel free to contact me. hmsr1971(at)yahoo(dot)com."Replies
09/07/2012: Lislcat from Madison, Wisconsin, Usa replies: "This is very interesting. I've had ovarian cysts for almost 30 years, but this last year, they have become painful. It use to be that I would have pain at my right ovary, only when ovulating and only for part of a day. Last month, it bothered me the entire week of ovulation and again for the week of my period. Now, it is staying sore all the time. The link with the liver is interesting, because since having my gallbladder out and being on some strong IV antibiotics, my liver does not tolerate caffeine very well and I've been drinking quite a bit of it lately. I will go back to following a mostly vegetarian diet, with no caffeine and see if it helps. I had thought my liver was flaring up, because I tend to get cysts on my skin when this happens and I have them. Thanks for making the connection!"
[YEA] 06/20/2014: Nat from Washington, Dc replies: "I as well was lucky enough to come across the sensible health website which explains endometriosis to the T! After becoming fed up with the conventional way of treating my endometriosis stage 4, meaning doctors wanted to place me on lupron to cease my menses or birth control to cease my menses. That was a no no I did not want to go through menopause at 23, also these meds do not even cure the disease just make you stop producing your own hormones therefore putting endometriosis to "sleep". I searched natural remedies for endometriosis and my life was changed ever since.
In addition to refraining from soy (MAJOR CULPRIT TO HORMONAL IMBALANCES) AND SWITCHING TO ORGANIC MEAT AND DAIRY and taking the recommended chinese herbs on the site which are buplerum and gentian (in order to detox the bad hormones accumulated in the liver), I can officially say that I have conquered my life again. I no longer feel the daily deliberating pain I once felt prior to getting on this regimen. I have completely forgotten that I dealt with this dreadful problem and instead of taking a hefty amount of pain killers during the time of the month, I now knock out the mild pain which I experience the first hour of starting my period with 1 advil. 1 advil a month VS 10 advils a day in the past. The sensible health author literally saved my life bc nothing else has worked"
[YEA] 03/27/2008: Stella from South Portland, Maine: "I have been suffering from severe endometriosis for the past eight years. I have had multiple surgeries and a virtual chemical cocktail of pain meds and hormones. This is the first month in five years that I have not had to use pain medication and have not been bed ridden for three days. What I did-- 1 T. EVCO 1 T. Tumeric in hot water as tea every night for a month. The first month I didnt notice a change in pain, but I did sweat and obnoxious amount at night. I attribute the sweating to my hormones becomming balanced. This month I am pain free. I have also stopped eating out of plastic containers--removed any skin cleaning products, shampoo or tolitries with any suspect ingredients, stopped using tampons, and taken 3 T. of ACV daily. I am truly amazed, I'm not sure what is working but something is. Those of you who have suffered with this know-- I was ready to try anything to avoid another surgery--compared to the spectrum of options I was given by the medical community (removal of more intestines, colon, bladder, or take bunches of hormones) the EVCO & Tumeric is pretty tame. Good luck."Replies
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 06/27/2008: Stella from South Portland, Maine replies: "Update on my experience with coconut oil and tumeric. To my fellow sufferers out there like everything else this seems to have only had a one time relief effect. So without many options I am soldiering on to the next maybe-cure. What I am trying now is large doses of b-complex vitamins along with liver supportive teas such as milk thistle and nettle. The theory behind this being that the liver is what balances hormones and excretes excess hormone. The belief being that a body suffering from endometriosis has an overload of estrogen or estrogen mimickers (ex. plastic, bisphenol-a etc.) That being said... b-complex appears to assist the liver in getting rid of this excess estrogen. Good luck--i will keep posting my results."
10/22/2009: Sp from Nashville, Tn replies: "Thank you so much for the information and your update Stella. I had surgery 6 months ago to remove some the endometriosis and want to avoid any future female related surgeries.
I will try the milk thistle and nettle for my endometriosis. I am taking EVCO and turmeric on a daily basis for other ailments and love it and am seeing a positive effects on my body."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/16/2010: Erin from Tampa, Fl replies: "I'd like to add my qualified 'yea' to this method. Eating Jalfrezi Curry which contains these two ingredients makes me feel much better, for a little while. When I'm suffering pain from a cyst it's hard to find foods that won't increase my discomfort, so it's nice to know there's a food that will ease it a bit."
EC: More about this Indian curry dish here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalfrezi
07/21/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hey Marina,
TVCO can mean Tropical Virgin Coconut Oil and
EVCO can mean Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Does that fit the context?"
07/21/2014: Marina from Philadelphia, US replies: "If you don't mind, tell me what TVCO is? EVCO, what is it? Thanks"
[YEA] 11/12/2008: Lauren English from Whitehorse, Yukon: "Endometriosis: A remedy that will actually stop the swelling in your stomach, and make the pain dull so much you can barely tell you have it. And help your chances of getting pregnant. Simple, don't eat wheat. Wheat makes endometriosis in your stomach swell. There is a hormone in there. Don't eat it, feel great. Don't believe me, look it up. There has been a lot of research on it now. 95% of people with endometriosis are irritated by wheat. It worked for me. My doctor said when i had surgery a few years ago, i would never have kids, and i had over 40 endometriosis "seeds" in my stomach. He opened me up a few months ago. NOTHING. And i was no longer in pain. I also add a lot of ginger to my food. If your tummy hurts, get a towel, soak it in ginger, and put it against your stomach. The ginger helps. dull the pain for a little bit anyways."Replies
[QUESTION] 01/16/2009: Erynn from New Haven, CT replies: "Endometriosis- no wheat. When you say Ginger, you mean fresh ginger, or powdered ginger?"
01/27/2009: Lauren from Whitehorse, YT replies: "Fresh ginger, Grind it yourself! Powdered ginger works in your food, but against your tummy it has to be fresh, it's more potent that way."
06/19/2009: Sandra B from Toronto, On, Canada replies: "By eliminating Wheat from your diet are you eliminating Whole Wheat products as well? Sandra B."
07/07/2009: Lauren from Whitehorse, YT replies: "You need to eliminate ALL wheat. Its in everything, so it will be pretty hard to do for the first few months, but you will feel better. I eliminated wheat, rye, corn and oats. Wheat is the main one to get rid of. But i developed an allergy to corn, so i went on a body detox. And never felt better. Now i can eat corn, oats and rye again, but NO wheat ever again. The pain was to much, to many hospital visits, to many surgeries. Wheat isnt worth it!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/28/2009: Celeste from Mesa, AZ replies: "I have been off wheat for 2 weeks now and feel a lot better in regards to my endometriosis. I actually feel GOOD after eating a meal now rather than tired. I tried for years to just cut out refined wheat but after reading about the wheat-endometriosis connection I decided to try it for 2 weeks, I'm off it for good now. I am also going through acupuncture treatments for my endo. This helps tremendously with my energy levels and pain. I truly feel like my body is gaining better balance to heal itself through these two therapies. Hopefully by next year I'll be pregnant, or at least endo-free!"
10/11/2009: Lauren from Whitehorse, Yt replies: "I'm glad it helped you! As for pregnancy try taking maca root, and cherry blossom. They will help increase your fertility"
[YEA] 06/10/2011: Holly from Atlanta, Ga: "I have found great relief from endo pain by taking Chinese Bitters (1tsp upon rising) and Coptis (1tsp at bedtime on an empty stomach) = terrific liver cleanse. Also, eliminate wheat and dairy... Both are the devil when it comes to endo!"Replies
11/22/2011: Katharina from London, Uk replies: "By eliminating dairy, do you mean yogurt as well? Many books differentiate between dairy (milk and cheese) and yogurt... Thanks for your help!"
01/08/2012: Holly from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Here, dairy = cow's milk dairy. Other milks: almond, coconut, hemp, etc. are encouraged instead. Goat's milk products cause trouble for me as well."
09/22/2013: A. Smith from Fort Worth, Tx: "I wanted to start a new thread and I am not sure how/where to do it. I had an endometrial ablation. Six months afterwards, I met my new husband who doesn't have any children and wants one. How can I repair my uterine lining? Thank you!"Replies
09/22/2013: Tom from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "Hello to "A Smith"... Good article at "Steady Health" with key words endometrial ablation added. Since the uterine lining was removed, if ovulation does produce a fetus, the uterine wall is too thin to safely accomodate pregnancy; at least safely, in fact could be quite hazardous. So "yes" pregnancy is possible but possibly life threatening for the mother... according to the Steady Health article."
06/17/2013: Amina from Nairobi: "Hello, I would like to know if anybody has cured endometriosis. I have been diagonised with endometriosis and I have mild pain on my left hand side thigh. Thank you."Replies
06/18/2013: Anonymous replies: "Hi, I would say you need to reduce your estrogen and support your liver and add more magnesium and vitamin d as cod liver oil to your diet. Eat more eggs and fish for a and d vits. A spoonful of Blackstrap Molasses is reported to help with this too."
08/06/2013: Racheal from U.k replies: "Hi, also just diagnosed with "mild" endo yesterday - scan showed right ovary attached to bowl, am petrified seriously phobic of surgery. Want to do everything I can to try without. Really amazed by how many others suffer, love to all. Question is - is better to be vegetarian and how long roughly will diet change take to lower symptoms? Thank you."
08/06/2013: Mike Giller from Denver, Colorado replies: "Rachael, the results are immediate and wonderfull. When I stopped working I gained 5 lbs. A year for 10 years. I was stiff, sore, and tired. I was miserable all the time. I began watching raw organic 80/10/10 vegan videos on youtube. The best vegetable is organic baby leaves because they have growth factors not in mature leaves. The nutrients are locked up in the cellulose. I grinded then up in a blender with some water, organic parsley, and organic chili. I made a gallon. I took a cup every hour and stored the rest in the fridge. The best fruit are berries. 4 times a day I took 1 oz. of each organic straw, ras, black, and blue berries. Blending fruit in the smoothie causes oxidation. I took raw honey for energy. I soaked nuts and seeds and took them. I went from feeling like a donkey struggling up a steep slope weighed down by a heavy pack like in those 19th century miner movies to feeling like an eagle gliding. I was so happy."
[YEA] 02/22/2007: Linda from Orlando, FL: "I have suffered from endometriosis for many years. I also have hypothyroid and wonder if the iodine deficiency mentioned in Ted's educational posting could be related to both?"Replies
04/25/2014: Anna from Uk replies: "Yes iodine deficiency could definitely be the cause or part of the cause of your endometriosis.42% of women with endometriosis have thyroid problems.1 woman cured her endo by taking iodine http://www.topix.com/forum/health/endometriosis/TUA0R4LDRL0G919BH and quite a few women have cured their PCOS by following the iodine protocol."
10/03/2009: Crystal from Fort Mcmurray, Alberta, Canada: "Hello, my name is Crystal, and my brother in-law has brought mms to my attention recently. I have only been taking it for less than a week, 2 drops twice a day to treat a cold I recently caught working with the public. I have done a bit of research and have seen testamonials from people ailing with things like cancer and hep c, but I am left wondering if it may also aid in a cure for my endemetriousis(please excuse my spelling, medical terms can be impossible at times, lol). I was diagnosed two years ago, after more than nine years of symptoms and exploratory surgeries, and numerous miscarages. By the time I was diagnosed it had attached to my overies, uterious, and recently my lower spinal cord. I am really curious and very hopeful that mms may be able to help me, as my doctors are urging me to have a partial hysterectimy at the age of 26, and I am still hoping to have a child.....has any one heard of mms helping a simular case???????
11/29/2011: Wil from Eastern Pa, America replies: "I have seen in my clinic several girls recover using mms and avoid the cutting and slashing of the allopathic medical system. If you need help using it to get the most out of it let me know; wil (at) bodyelectrician.com
I wish you well Crystal,
01/05/2012: Lindsay from Memphis, Tn replies: "What is MMS?"
[YEA] 06/28/2007: Josey from East Troy, WI: "I found the information provided in "Endometriosis Cures" went pretty much right along with what I have researched myself, and with what my naturopath has recommended to me for the management of my endometriosis.
First off, I was diagnosed with stage 4 endo via laparoscopy in March of 2007. I am in my early 30s. Currently I am using a B vitamin supplement twice daily (NutriCalm by Nature's Sunshine), magnesium (250mg) twice daily, Red Clover blended tincture three times daily and T.-W tincture (dulse, bladderwrack, wild lettuce & irish moss) three times daily, evening primrose oil (1300mg once or twice daily), digestive enzymes (OmegaZyme by Garden of Life), and Carlson's Cod Liver oil once or twice daily. In addition, I use a low-dose progesterone cream twice daily (Phyto Prolief.I may switch; I prefer not to use products containing parabens. Any suggestions or opinions on progesterone cream?).
I am not clinically hypothyroid, but am on the low end and it runs in the women on my mother's side (my great grandmother even died of goiter). My naturopath said I exhibited many symptoms of a declining thyroid and I felt the same, which is why I am on the T.-W.
The Red Clover Blended and primrose oil have estrogenic properties; however research shows when ingested, the body uses it to balance out estrogen levels as I am estrogen dominant (one of many indicators I have-I started my period at age 10!). Also, the Red Clover Blended will help "clean up" the areas where endo was/is, which is a result of balancing the estrogens.
The B vits, magnesium and cod liver oil (I love omega 3s!!) have drastically balanced my mood and reduced my anxiety/panic attacks. I still have my days, but it is much much better than it was just a few months ago.
The enzymes I have actually used for a few years now, before I even knew I had endo. Now I realize how much they benefit me in helping my body digest and utilize all the foods I eat, especially proteins (and especially cooked meats, which have no enzymes at all).
In regards to food, I have done hours and hours of reading and research on my own. By far, the best book I have read is Endometriosis: A Key to Healing Through Nutrition by Dian Shepperson Mills & Michael Vernon. Some of it is a tough read, but I soaked it up, wanting to know so badly now my body works and what I can do to help it heal. I think one can make nutrition very complicated, but from all the information I have gathered, it is very simple, basic nutrition to me! Eat lots of organic (when you can) vegetables, fruits (avoid moldy fruits like cantelope), lean meats and eggs (absolutely no antibiotics or hormones and pasture-raised when possible), nuts (organic is really important here), wild caught small fish, and no-gluten or low-gluten organic grains. Healthy oils are super important-of course the fish oil, but on salads using olive oil is great and in addition I occasionally use coconut oil in other dishes (smoothies, etc.). Avoiding most dairy is a good idea, I believe, as it has helped lower my inflammation levels (an easy sign-less phlegm in the mornings!). I still have raw milk organic cheese, organic kefir or yogurt a few times a week, and soon we will have access to raw milk to drink (cow share program), which I will have once in a while, but not daily like I used to.
I believe if you follow a healthy diet as I mentioned above, in addition to drinking water or green tea with lemon every day, your body's pH will naturally become less acidic and more alkaline. I have pH strips that I use every few months and so far it has gone up almost .5 (I'm at about 6.45 using saliva.). I don't see a need to use baking soda or vinegar (unless the vinegar is part of homemade salad dressing) to up the pH unless you like that sort of thing. It may, however, speed up the process. I have also always been a "no salt" kinda girl, but recently I started using a good quality mineral salt on my foods (just a dash here and there-and not on canned/high sodium foods, but raw or gently cooked foods). It really helps with flavor and is decently good for you.
As far as the nanoinsects and fungus, I am a firm believer in garlic, onions, ginger and turmeric! I eat one or more of them almost every single day in some form (garlic and onions raw, ginger crystallized and turmeric powdered). If you are getting those and plenty of fiber from fruits and veggies, I believe this is a great cleanse for your intestines and also for your whole body in general. I have not had a cold or flu for over 2 years! This is something we should do our whole lives, as those foods are so beneficial, in so many ways.
In addition, other important foods I consume several times a week are flax seeds (fresh ground from whole as needed in a cheap coffee grinder), organic raspberry leaf tea, dried fruits such as figs and currants (great with nuts!), organic local broccoli (The perfect vegetable! However, it is a goitrogen which may hamper thyroid function, so I don't go overboard). And of course, lots and lots of fresh, filtered water.
I feel so very fortunate to live in a small eco-minded community, as we have many local farms growing organic produce and pasture-raised livestock. This gives me the opportunity to support my community, eat seasonally (which I have been trying to do-I love it!), in addition to having organic, freshly harvested produce and clean, nutritious meats! And even for those who are not that lucky, if you look around, there are great little shops with food sections and even some of the bigger chains are carrying lines of organics (which usually is better than conventional at least). With all these options, there's no reason to resort to trans-fatty fast foods or pre-packaged, preservative-laden convenience foods!
One other important thing I have changed in my life is what goes ON my body. It's taken me a few years (as I had interest in this, yet again, before endo), but I have drastically reduced what I use in the shower and for toiletries. I try to get products with no parabens, lauryl/laureth sulfates, phthalates, or any other weird stuff that I don't know what it is. Just don't be fooled by stuff that says "all natural" until you read the ingredients list. Burt's Bees is a pretty good brand that is more affordable than some. And most recently, I got an inexpensive shower filter (less than $100) that removes chlorine and VOCs which may be directly related to endo, and a host of other problems/diseases. For lotion, I use the same organic virgin coconut oil that we eat!! I really feel these small changes have drastically reduced the toxic load on my body, and I hope within the next year or two it really shows. One crazy thing I have noticed-my sweat only stinks when I eat junk! (I don't wear deodorant anymore! Will sometimes spray lavender hydrosol under my arms.) To me, that says a lot!
The last, but not least, of the changes I have made is movement. I have been pretty sporadically active in the last decade, and need to lose weight-about 60 more pounds (Excess body fat = excess estrogen! Not to mention contributing to many other problems!). My naturopath suggested yoga for me for activity but even more importantly, reducing stress and anxiety. I have fallen in love with it. I recommend it especially to women who don't like strenuous exercise or just need to slow down (which is all of us, right?? (: ). You would be shocked at what you can do in yoga class-and will love how it helps you focus mentally AND reshapes your body. I am slowly working in more aerobic activity (biking, walking, etc.).it gets easier as I become more fit and more self-confident.
As for my own rate of healing, I feel I have really taken control of a few areas of my health-less stress and more activity. The food changes have come slowly and not always consistent, but I am still trying and know that a year from now I will be a different woman!! I never had debilitating pain, but my pain is much much less now, and only seems to flare up when I am eating non-nutritious foods for more than a day or two (aka fast foods or junk food!). The more I read and hear about other women and how they are changing and bettering their health, and the more knowledge I have on endometriosis and also how our amazing bodies have the capacity to heal themselves, the more motivated I become!!
So, after this novel of information (it's so easy to go on and on.there's so much to learn!), the main ways I believe to support your body and "heal" endometriosis include: balancing body pH, supporting thyroid function, boosting immunity through correct nutrient intake (including temporary supplements if necessary), detoxing often (but gently through daily diet and drink and no crazy fasts or diets!), and moving more. Those are the main things, and there's so many little things that help you support them. One other suggestion-even if you have already seen many doctors, I think seeing a naturopath or kinesiologist is so important, so you can find out what you specifically are deficient in nutrient-wise. Although there seems to be emerging constants for us with endo, everyone is still different. I am finding my naturopath a continual and necessary resource for my endo.
So, that's my story. I hope this has been a source of good information for anyone wanting more on how we rise above endometriosis and receive good health in return. I would love to hear from anyone regarding your experiences!!"Replies
11/03/2009: Trust from Tripoli, Libya replies: "Thanks - that's really useful information.
I've got endometriosis which has blocked both my tubes.
I've been trying bee pollen, royal jelly, and bee propolis. I mixed these with honey and take one tablespoon first thing in the morning and one before going to bed. I also drink water with lemon and ginger. My past two periods have been almost pain free and my spotting has significantly decreased. I've been trying castor oil as well. Will keep you updated with what happens"
09/17/2010: Melissa from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Hi,
I am really interested in the outcomes of the suggestions made here. I have had Endometriosis for over 15years and would love to hear of women who have successfully managed to cure themselves of the condition. There are so many of us out there that really need to know there is a way out!"
09/18/2010: Maria from Gippsland, Vic. Australia replies: "Hi, I had endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Went on the medical roundabout, medication - side effects - more medication. Took myself off them, and put up with it. My cycle if you can call it that was 1 - 12 months apart. I came across the herb Yarrow and took (sipped) 1 cup first thing in morning on an empty stomache and 1 cup in the afternoon. My cycle then became 1 - 2 months apart and some years later I conceived. It is also good to take at menopause. I would try and buy a good quality organic one that has not been irradiated. All the best."
09/18/2010: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Hi Melissa, a lady called Martha M Christy suffered horrendously with endometriosis. She cured herself and wrote the book "Your own perfect Medicine". It is a book on urine therapy and if you can be open minded enough to read it, you will be amazed."
05/10/2012: Rosali from Mumbai, India replies: "Apart from the home remedies you can try a combination of ayurvedic and homoeopathic remedies which are 100% safe and natural, free from side effects. Remedies such as OM24 ENDOmetease formula and C46 ENDOmetease formula gives good results. They work on our body by correcting the hormonal imbalances that cause the endometrial tissue to implant in places other than the uterine cavity;restoring the female reproductive endocrine axis to normalcy;providing relief from symptoms like abdominal pain and strengthening the immune system so that it may clear the retrograde menstruation properly thus preventing abnormal implantation. Along with this you also need to do some relaxation exercises with meditation and yoga."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Crista from Pekin, Il : "I found out in February that I had endometriosis. After refusing to be thrown into menopause, which was suggested by my gyno, I decided to do lots of research. So far I have found out that you have to avoid soy and wheat products completely. I have been trying at this for quite awhile. It is hard to avoid foods I love, but it is worth it. Anytime I make a mistake the pain comes back within 20 min, but as long as I avoid it, I have no pain. Other things I found online to avoid is dairy, bad fats, and artificial sweeteners. The point of all of this is to avoid inflammation which causes the pain to worsen. The soy and wheat is avoided because they help your body produce the bad estrogen. I am now trying MSM to keep inflammation down. I am starting slowly at 500mg and upping that each week by 500mg till I find a level that helps the best. (on a side note the MSM got rid of my acid reflux two days after starting this). Another thing I read online through my researching is if you have metal fillings you need to get rid of them. I do not have the money yet to do this, but I have several and the endo came within 3 years after getting them. There are a lot of articles online that focus on how the mercury throws a lot of things out of wack in the body and can be the environmental factor that triggers a lot of diseases. I plan on doing this ASAP and the MSM also helps to detox the heavy metals, that is why I am slowly building on the MSM, to not get too many toxins at once. I read that sweating helps to release the mercury through the skin after the MSM releases the toxins from the fat and such. So exercising or using a sauna or something will help to sweat out the toxins. Hope this helps. Endo was very hard to accept for me and I know when I go to a restaurant or a party it is hard to avoid the temptation of foods with soy or wheat, so I eat before going to these things. Restaurants sometimes have allergy lists that you can ask for to find out which foods don't have soy or wheat in them. Look at the ingredients list on everything. Soy hides everywhere. If you need support with this please email. Figuring this out alone has been hard so I get it and am willing to help others."Replies
07/26/2010: Rockweed from Picton, Ontario, Canada replies: "I would try Lugol's solution; Potassium Iodine/Iodide solution in water; available since 1829 and prescribed by every physician prior to the 1940's & 50's. Since Iodine is stored for our health in our brain, thyroid gland, breasts, ovaries and prostate and utilized by every cell in the body it can do no harm. In fact doctors used to learn a rhyme about it that goes like this; 'If ye don't know what when or why, prescribe ye then K and I. ' Which is Potassium Iodide. Since Fluorine, Chlorine & Bromine is used in our water supply, pesticides, hot tubs etc, these halogens compete for storage in the body with Iodine and flush it out of our system and block it's return. High levels B vitamins, Selenium, Vit. C is required to re-absorb iodine into the body. Have a look for a book by Dr. Brownstein called Iodine; why you need it, why you can't live without it."
07/01/2014: Pbacker from Lynchburg, Va: "Severe Endometriosis: My daughter-in-law has endometriosis. The doctors finally discovered this after she was placed in the hospital in severe pain. She had been in pain for several months and the doctors were unable to determine what was causing the pain. They say that it is so bad, they cannot even do surgery on her. The endometriosis is still attached to her internal organs. She takes a shot once every 3 months to keep it from getting worse. Is there anything that can be done for her?"Replies
07/01/2014: Carly from Usa replies: "You might want to google "Serrapeptase". It is an enzyme that breaks down fiberin. Not too expensive if you buy it online.
Also....If you DIL has had prior abdominal surgery she may also have adhesions, (which can also make life hell) and Serrapeptase really works well on them also. (MO)
I feel for her, and wish her well. Good luck."