Endometriosis

Endometriosis and Acupuncture

What do endometriosis and fibroids have in common? They both have their place in preventing conception, and both are responsive to estrogen fluctuations. The common western treatments include birth control pills, lupron, laparoscopy or in severe cases, a hysterectomy.

Eastern medicine, however, gives them a common denominator – they are both considered processes of inhibited, stagnated uterine blood which doesn’t flow freely. The menstruate has become blocked, and the normal process has become obstructed.

It has been shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically be of benefit in people with endometriosis by:

 

Providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord

Reducing inflammation – by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors

Regulating levels of prostaglandins

Combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine for endometriosis has been shown in animal studies to down-regulate the abnormal increase of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) levels that is associated with ectopic activity of endometrial cells.

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