Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally grows inside the uterus is found growing outside the uterus, most commonly in the pelvic area. Although rare, these growths can also occur in the lungs, arm and other body parts. When menstruation occurs, these tissue growths respond the same as those inside the uterus--breaking down into blood and tissue and exiting the body. However the endometrial tissue growing outside the uterus has no place to go. This can cause heavy menstruation, severe menstrual cramping, intestinal pain, spotting or bleeding between periods, fatigue, painful urination and/or bowel movements during menstruation, and infertility in women with endometriosis.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Endometriosis.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of endometriosis generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of endometriosis:
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for endometriosis that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Endometriosis
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating endometriosis. For a complete list from our store with more details see our endometriosis formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
This formula is generally a tonifying agent with herbs to invigorate the blood it is used for excessive menstruation, excessive spotting between periods or bleeding during pregnancy. Other uses would be uterine bleeding and restless fetus syndrome.
The Tongue is generally pale with a thin white coat and the Pulse will be thin and frail.