Last Modified on Aug 17, 2015
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!
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.
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[YEA] 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] 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!
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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] 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.
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[YEA] 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.
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[YEA] 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.
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[YEA] 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!
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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!
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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.
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[YEA] 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?
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A study shows that a nutrient called lycopene which is found in Guava, Watermelons, tomatoes, papaya, grapefruit etc, has been very helpful in helping women with endometriosis.
I don't have endometriosis or at least my doctor doesn't think I do but seeing so many women suffer with this just breaks my heart.
I heard a lot of women had success with tomatoes and watermelon, even someone on this site wrote that she found relief from watermelons.
It may take time and you may need to be patient, but I hope there is a cure out there and we can all be healthy and happy. Good luck everyone, God bless.
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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???????
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[YEA] 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!!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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.
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