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Endometriosis is a chronic condition where tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus, known as the endometrium, starts to grow outside the uterus. This can lead to significant pain and a range of other symptoms.
The exact cause of endometriosis is not fully understood, but several theories exist:
- Retrograde Menstruation: This theory suggests that during menstruation, some of the tissue sheds from the uterus and flows backward through the fallopian tubes into the pelvic cavity instead of leaving the body.
- Embryonic Cell Transformation: Hormones such as estrogen may transform embryonic cells into endometrial-like cell implants during puberty.
- Surgical Scar Implantation: After surgeries like a hysterectomy or C-section, the endometrial cells may attach to the surgical incision.
- Immune System Disorders: Issues with the immune system may make the body unable to recognize and destroy endometrial-like tissue that's growing outside the uterus.
- Endometrial Cell Transport: The blood vessels or tissue fluid (lymphatic) system may transport endometrial cells to other parts of the body.
- Genetic Factors: There may be a family history of endometriosis, suggesting a genetic component.
Symptoms of endometriosis can vary, but commonly include:
- Pelvic Pain: Often associated with menstrual periods, and women with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain that's far worse than usual.
- Menstrual Irregularities: Heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia) or bleeding between periods.
- Infertility: Endometriosis can be found in 20-40% of women who are infertile.
- Pain with Intercourse: Pain during or after sex is common in those with endometriosis.
- Pain with Bowel Movements or Urination: Usually experienced during menstrual periods.
- Other Symptoms: These can include fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and nausea, especially during menstrual periods.
There is currently no cure for endometriosis, but treatments can help manage symptoms:
- Pain Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen can help ease painful menstrual cramps.
- Hormone Therapy: Supplemental hormones can sometimes reduce or eliminate the pain of endometriosis. Hormonal contraceptives, GnRH agonists, and antagonists, progestin therapy, and aromatase inhibitors are some options.
- Conservative Surgery: For women who want to become pregnant or experience severe pain, surgery to remove as much endometriosis as possible while preserving the uterus and ovaries may be an option.
- Hysterectomy with Removal of the Ovaries: This is typically considered a last resort and involves the removal of the uterus and possibly the ovaries. However, this does not guarantee that the endometriosis or the pain will not return.
- Assisted Reproductive Technologies: For women dealing with infertility due to endometriosis, treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be an option.
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Some women report relief from pain with acupuncture, chiropractic care, herbs like ginseng or pycnogenol, and dietary changes.
Management of endometriosis is typically a multi-disciplinary approach involving gynecologists, pain management specialists, and sometimes fertility specialists. It's also important for patients to have a support system and access to education about the disease.
Endometriosis treatment in Homeopathy. What doctors suggest?
Dr.Kirti Singh, a homeopath talks of this condition and homeopathic approach in his Youtube video titled 'Endometriosis ! Homeopathic medicine for Endometriosis?'
He recommends following medicines (available in a kit)
- Thuja 200, two drops in morning
- Folliculinum 30, 2drops 2 times a day
- Oophorinum 3x, 2 tablets 2 times a day
- Pulsatilla 200, 2 drops in night every Sunday
- Calcarea flour 6x, 4 tablets 2 times a day
- Thuja 200: Thuja is often suggested for growths and hyperplastic conditions, which in the context of endometriosis could relate to the growth of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterus. It is claimed to address symptoms like pain and irregularities in menstrual cycles.
- Folliculinum 30: This remedy is believed to be useful for hormonal imbalances and is often recommended for premenstrual syndrome and menstrual irregularities, which are common in endometriosis.
- Oophorinum 3x: Derived from the ovarian extract of a cow, this is claimed to have an effect on the ovaries and is used for conditions like ovarian cysts or menstrual irregularities.
- Pulsatilla 200: Pulsatilla is commonly used for conditions characterized by mood swings, menstrual irregularities, and pain, which are symptoms often reported by those with endometriosis. Dr. Gopis says it is useful for pelvic pain during periods, attended with chills, restlessness, and tossing in bed. It is adapted to to patients who are gentle, submissive, and tearful disposition
- Calcarea fluor 6x: This remedy is thought to be useful for hard, stony glands, varicose veins, and chronic joint affections. It might be recommended for fibrous tissue formation, which could be associated with scarring from endometriosis.
For pain management in endometriosis, Dr recommends Cimicifuga 30, 2 drops 3 times a day. Dr. K S Gopis says it is effective for endometriosis with pain during periods. It is indicated in case of severe, bearing down pain in the lower abdomen, uterine region, and the lower back during periods. It is also prescribed for darting pains in the pelvis from hip to hip
Kit contents: 6 medicines, 4 dilutions of 30ml, and 2 tablets of 2 dramcontainer
Other Endometriosis homeopathy medicine by symptoms - Dr. K.S Gopi
Belladonna 30 is beneficial during the initial stages when there is an acute inflammation of the endometrium caused by congestion. The uterine walls become hardened. The uterus feels red and overheated, accompanied by a pulsating pain. Congestion may also lead to hematuria. The genital area becomes extremely sensitive and there is a feeling of swelling or bulging.
Sabina 30 is recommended for instances of colicky or pains resembling those of labor in the pelvic area. Intense discomfort in the lower back, as well as between the sacrum and pubis, is also noted in these situations. Menstrual flow is heavy and consists of both liquid and clotted blood
Thlaspi Bursa 200 is considered the primary remedy when a woman experiences intermenstrual bleeding paired with severe uterine pains that are either colicky or cramp-like. The bleeding might be heavy and accompanied by the passage of large blood clots, and it may also occur with a backache.
Trillium Pendulum 30 is specifically indicated when there is bleeding between menstrual cycles. The key symptom indicating the need for Trillium Pendulum is intense pain in the hips and back, which occurs concurrently with bleeding outside of the normal menstrual period. Along with intense pain, bleeding is typically bright red.
Platina 200 is beneficial for alleviating pain experienced during sexual intercourse, known as dyspareunia. It is recommended for women with endometriosis who report significant discomfort during intercourse, often accompanied by sensations of burning and soreness. Additionally, there is an increased sensitivity of the genitals to touch.
Disclaimer: : The medicines listed here are solely based on suggestions made by doctors on YouTube/Blog whose reference is provided. Homeomart does not provide any medical advice or prescriptions or suggest self-medication. This is a part of the customer education initiative. We suggest you consult your physician before taking any medicines