It is reported that about 10 percent of women are suffering from endometriosis. However, it would seem likely that the numbers are much higher from the situation in our real life.
Women with endometriosis suffer most commonly from pelvic pain, especially during the menstrual cycle. This pain can be debilitating and even threatening to health from excessive blood loss. In addition to pain and bleeding sometimes all month long, endometriosis is also credited with as much as 50% of cases of infertility. The presented symptoms include: pain before and during your period, lower back pain, pain during or after intercourse, fatigue, infertility, chronic pelvic pain not just during your period, painful bowel movements, constipation, diarrhea, painful urination during your period, and heavy or irregular periods
The way to resolve endometriosis with diet and traditional Chinese medicine(TCM) therapies:
1. Vegetables with B vitamins. Dr.Lee says:“The diet needs to have sufficient fiber and B vitamins from green vegetables to help the body deal with the constant breakdown of circulating estrogens. Green, leafy vegetables can also help the nervous and immune systems, and magnesium relaxes smooth muscles found in the intestines and uterus.”The best vegetables include those in the cruciferous family, such as cabbage, sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, turnips, radishes, horseradish, and watercress.
2. Iron-rich foods.“With endometriosis you may experience heavy bleeding, so replacing lost iron is important,”she says. Two types of iron are available in the foods we eat, heme iron from protein sources and non-heme iron from plant sources. Non-heme iron is available in green, leafy vegetables, beetroot, dried apricots, and plain chocolate. Heme iron comes from red meat, eggs, and fish.
3. Omega fatty acids. Include 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed vegetable oil in your meals daily. Avoid trans fats, and keep saturated fats low. Sources of omega fatty acids include oily fish such as wild Alaskan salmon and Pacific halibut, and tree nuts, seeds, and extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil.
4. Fiber. Dr.Lee suggests getting 30 grams of fiber from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains including rye, oats, rice, corn, millet, and buckwheat to keep your intestinal tract healthy and promote the excretion of excess estrogens.
5. Water. Drink four to six 8 glasses of water a day. Avoid caffeine, refined sugars, sweeteners, soda (including diet), and alcohol when struggling with endometriosis or trying to get pregnant.
TCM therapies that can be implemented as needed in conjunction with diet to resolve problems with endometriosis are Fuyan pill. This pill is made from many medicinal herbs. Its main components include bupleurum falcatum L., poria cocos, radices scutellariae, gardenia, atractylodes ovata, etc., which are helpful for tissue regeneration, positive growth development and drainage of toxins.
If you are one of the millions of women suffering month after month with the effects of endometriosis, instead of bombarding your body with drugs every month or resorting to surgery to manage the problem, try diet change combined with TCM methods if needed to give yourself permanent relief!