Home Remedies for Endometriosis
- You should be taking the following amounts of daily vitamins: Beta carotene a megadose of 100,000 IU (but drop back to 5,000 IU after ovulation if you’re in the process of trying to conceive)
- Vitamin B6-50-100 mg
- Calcium-1,200 mg
- Magnesium-600 mg
- Vitamin E-800 I
- U Folic acid-800 mcg
- Essential fatty acids (flax oil)-1 tbsp. Selenium-400 mcg
- Vitamin C-1,000-4,000 mg
- Endometriosis herbs: Some herbal preparations are excellent for supporting your liver and digestive system. They are goldenseal, dandelion (fresh leaves can be used in salad), artichoke, silybum (milkthistle), and burdock (the variety known as gobo root can be eaten). Take these herbs singly or in combination twice daily (2 tsp. extract, 2-3 capsules, or 1 cup infusion).
- To improve pelvic circulation, use xanthoxylon, ocotillo, goldenseal, or witch hazel. Take these herbs twice daily (1 tsp. extract, 1-2 capsules or 1/2 cup infusion).
- To balance estrogen production in your body you should take chaste-tree berry (Vitex). Take this once or twice daily (2 tsp., 2-3 capsules or 1 cup infusion).
- To calm the pain, you can use crampbark, black haw, valerian, and wild yam. Take these herbs every two to three hours as needed (1 tsp., 1-2 capsules or 1/2 cup infusion).
- You can use any of the herbs listed above as a tea, infusion, decoction, capsules or liquid extract.
Endometriosis local treatments:
- Perform Kegel exercises, 50-100 daily in sets of 10 at a time.
- Sitz baths, alternating hot and cold water, can be a complementary addition to endometriosis care. Sit in hot water covering your hips for four minutes, then cold water for one minute; alternate four or five times, ending with cold. Do this once or twice daily for at least 15 days.
- Castor oil packs will warm the area and encourage blood flow and also may assist in the treatment of infertility caused by endometrial scarring. Apply castor oil to the lower abdomen, cover with a woolen cloth, apply heating pad or hot water bottle for 30 to 45 minutes daily for at least 15 days. Do not use this treatment during menses.
- Clay applications will also create heat. Mix clay with water to make a thick paste, apply to the abdomen 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, cover with a towel, allow to dry, then wash off. Do this once a day for 15 days. Do not use this treatment during menses.
- HOMEOPATHY: Although homeopathy can be helpful in the treatment of endometriosis, a simple suggestion of possible remedies is not helpful.
- Regular exercise helps to balance estrogen levels in the body and also boosts the immune system. Exercise also helps to ease pain and discomfort during the menstrual cycle.
- Supplements such as rosemary and dandelion extracts are believed to be beneficial in alleviating symptoms of endometriosis. They help to regulate hormonal levels. It is advisable to consult your doctor before using these supplements.
- The herb, motherwort, helps to enhance blood volume in the reproductive system and also stimulates better functioning. It thus helps in combating menstrual problems such as blood clots or poor flow. To prepare motherwort tea, add a teaspoon of the dried herb to a cup of hot water and allow it to steep for about 15 minutes. Drink about three cups of the tea daily
- Chamomile helps to alleviate severe cramping and pain during menstruation which is often associated with endometriosis. It also helps to relieve stomach troubles. The herb may be used in the form of capsules, tincture or tea.
Refer to the charts in Chapter 2, pages 37 and 38, to locate these points.
- K3, midway between inside anklebone and Achilles tendon in back of ankle
- St36, four fingers below kneecap, one finger outside shinbone.
- CV4, four fingers below belly button.
- B27 and B34, sacral points at base of spine.
- CV6, three fingers below belly button.
- Sp12 and Sp13, middle of pelvic crease where leg joins trunk.
Stress is a culprit in many diseases, and although it does not cause the disease, it certainly plays a part in endometriosis. It is a wise idea to engage in some form of regular stress reduction, such as a course in yoga or tai chi chuan, Feldenkrais or Alexander technique, and/or meditation.