Endometriosis

Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of endometrial cells outside the uterus. Endometriosis is a complex and painful disease that affects women in their reproductive years. The locations of endometrial growths are generally confined to the intestines, rectum, vagina, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer surface of the uterus, the bladder and the lining of the pelvic cavity.
In endometriosis the endometrial tissue develops into what are called growths, implants, nodules, lesions or tumors. Endometrial lesions will initially appear as clear vesicles; this will soon change to red color over the years and finally will turn black within a period of 7-10 years.
Endometrial growths generally are not malignant; it is thought to be a normal tissue growth outside the normal location
Endometriosis will result in infertility in about 30-40% of women and is a common result with the progression of the disease

Ayurveda considers endometriosis to be a Kapha disorder.

Symptoms of Endometriosis 

  • Pain in the uterus, lower back and pelvic cavity prior to and during the menses
  • Intermittent pain throughout the menstrual cycle
  • Repeated miscarriages and infertility
  • Back pain and intestinal upset with periods
  • A feeling of pain during intercourse,
  • Painful urination or bowel movements
  • Excessive bleeding including the passing of large clots and shreds of tissue
  • Nausea
  • Poor nutrition & poor digestion,
  • Vomiting & constipation

Causes of Endometriosis 

  • “Retrograde menstruation” also called the “trans-tubal migration”
  • At birth- during the embryonic stage, the endometrial cells may develop in the wrong location
  • Presence of an excess of estrogen
  • Women who have not had a full-term pregnancy are more likely to have endometriosis
  • Endometriosis may also have an autoimmune component
  • Exposure to dioxin
  • Environmental factors: toxins and alcohol

Ayurvedic Treatments for Endometriosis 
Ayurveda considers endometriosis to be a Kapha disorder and all ayurvedic treatments for endometriosis will aim to bring to balance the kapha dosha. It is the vitiation of kapha dosha resulting from an accumulation of toxins in the in the reproductive tissues that has caused this disease. Panchakarma treatments will eliminate the accumulated toxins from the human body and prepare an individual for the other ayurvedic treatments that will cure the disease.
Abhyangai, Swedana, shirodhara and Bastii are given daily for seven days as part of the ayurvedic treatment for endometriosis. Basti is particularly a toxin elimination treatment. This will be followed by other oral medicines including kashayams, lehyams, choornams etc. There will also be diet restriction during the period of the treatment and  Kapha-reducing habits are also required including using herbs such as khadir,guggul, myrrh, turmeric, dandelion, black pepperand honey.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Endometriosis 

  • Avoid dairy products as much as possible
  • Eat fish and sea foods
  • Take fruits such as dark grape, pineapples and Papayas
  • Avoid fatty, spicy and non vegetarian items
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid physical stress and strain
  • Drink plenty of warm water
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Take proper rest during menstrual cycle 

Ayurveda Treatement For Infertility & Endometriosis

Ayurvedic treatment for infertility will focus on rectifying the physical disorders in either man or women. After completion of this step the patient will be given internal medicines to hasten the growth of a healthy fetus

It is seen that some women with endometriosis have no symptoms even in the more advanced stages of the disease. However, pain during or around the time of their periods is experienced by most women affected with this disease. Diagnosis of endometriosis can be confirmed only after a laparoscopy.

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