Alternative Treatments for Endometriosis: Ayurveda Medicine
One endometriosis treatment that is becoming increasingly popular is ayurveda medicine. Ayurveda is believed to help minimize the symptoms of endometriosis as well as to prevent endometriosis. If you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis and are considering an alternative treatment for endometriosis, ayurveda treatment is a good option that can help minimize your symptoms, and improve your overall health and quality of life.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda medicine is a comprehensive system of healing that originated in India. The term "ayurveda" is comprised of two Sanskrit words aya which means life and veda which means knowledge of. Therefore, ayurveda medicine signifies knowledge of life, which is comprised of mind, body, senses and soul.
According to ayurveda medicine, toxins (ama) are the cause of chronic diseases, including endometriosis. The buildup of toxins in the body disrupt tissue balance, as well as hinder circulation. These imbalances in turn lead to reduced nutrition and also hinder the elimination of toxins in the body, thereby disrupting the body’s natural rhythms and resulting in illness. The purpose of ayurveda treatment is to correct these imbalances so as to improve the body’s self-healing properties.
Furthermore, ayurveda medicine believes that each individual has a specific constitutional mind-body type - known as a dosha - which is comprised of the five elements: earth, wind, fire, water and ether. According to this system of alternative medicine, individuals are more vulnerable to certain types of illnesses and disease based on their dosha.
The three dosha types are:
- vata: characterized by air and ether. Individuals of this type are prone to neurological illnesses, including psychosomatic problems and skin illnesses.
- kapha: water and earth elements. Kapha types are susceptible to slow digestion, diabetes and stomach ulcers.
- pitta: strong fire and water elements. Individuals of this dosha type are prone to heart disease and arthritis.
Dosha type is determined based on the following elements:
- diet, behavior, lifestyle, recent illnesses and symptoms
- traits such as weight, skin, eyes and teeth
Ayurveda Treatment: Types of Approaches
In ayurveda medicine, there are a variety of types of treatment that can be used either on their own or in conjunction with other therapies.
The following are examples of ayurveda remedy that may be prescribed for your alternative endometriosis treatment:
- herbal medicine
Your ayurveda therapist will establish a comprehensive medical history profile for you through the determination of your dosha type in order to help make a correct diagnosis so as to prescribe the best form of treatment.
Ayurveda Medicine and Endometriosis
According to ayurveda medicine, endometriosis is attributed to a vata imbalance caused by a buildup of ama.
In order to correct this imbalance, a regular daily routine is recommended as part of endometriosis treatment. This includes moderating your workload and practicing meditation and/or yoga, as well as increasing rest and sleep. You should go to bed at 10 pm and wake up at 6 am, so as to be awake when the earth is most complimentary to human energy.
Your endometriosis diet should include a little more oil, sweet foods (but not refined sugars), as well as some salt and warm foods such as cereal and stews. Also, plenty of warm to hot water should be consumed, while the intake of foods such as meat, cheese, caffeine and alcohol should be minimized.
Taking a laxative or 4 to 5 teaspoons of castor oil or senna tea are recommended on days 14 to 15 of your menstrual cycle, along with a light diet, in order to minimize endometriosis symptoms.
In order to prevent endometriosis, activities should be minimized during days 1 to 3 of the menstrual cycle, and gentle exercises such as walking should be conducted instead of more vigorous activities like aerobics.