Endometriosis can be treated with two different approaches, the medical or the alternative approach. The medical approach is usually more invasive, while the alternative is what we would suggest as it is a more gentle and holistic method.
The medical approach can be summarised by taking drugs or having surgery.
Oral contraceptive pills are prescribed to supply the body with synthetic hormones to suppress ovulation in order to reduce menstrual flow and further lesion stimulation.
Laparoscopy is the most common surgical procedure to remove the endometrial lesions and cysts. It is also considered as the gold standard for diagnosis.
However, surgery is quite an invasive approach. Many women often still experience pain post-surgery, sometimes more severe than before.
The alternative approach views endometriosis as a multifaceted condition; hence the treatment principles should be multidimensional as well. This also means that treatment will differ between patients depending on their symptoms.
Pain is often the biggest complaint due to the inflammatory aspect of the condition. Managing pain with nutritional and herbal remedies first can target this vital aspect and provide relief to the patient. (We will discuss this aspect in more detail in the next blog)
As endometriosis is not very different from common autoimmune conditions, improving gut health is vital in supporting the immune system. Removing gluten but introducing zinc and probiotics into the diet can help repair intestinal hyperpermeability, reduce inflammation and healing endometrial lesions.
Balancing hormones can be achieved by supporting the body with detoxification and increasing cellular sensitivity to progesterone. Hormone synthesis or promoting the progesterone production can be achieved by taking zinc, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Hormone metabolism or supporting healthy estrogen metabolism can be achieved by including cruciferous and organic vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage, etc.
N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) promotes glutathione synthesis, which is the body’s primary antioxidant and assists in reducing oxidative stress. It is not only anti-inflammatory but also antioxidant, which further encourages detoxification.
More about diet and endometriosis in the next blog, stay tuned 🙂
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