Endometriosis Natural Treatment

Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women. It is often misdiagnosed, with an average delayed diagnosis of over 8 years. Endometriosis is the most common cause of pelvic pain in women today. Endometriosis is when the endometrial cells begin to grow outside of the uterus. Although not cancer, it’s growth is cancerous ‘like’. Endometriosis can be found anywhere within the pelvis, the ovaries, the fallopian tubes or in more extreme cases in the abdominal wall, urinary tract and intestinal tract. It causes debilitating pain and affects the sufferer physically, mentally and emotionally. The symptoms are commonly ignored as being “women’s problems” or as “normal”. Symptoms consist of painful bowel movements, stomach cramps at any time in the menstrual cycle, nausea, fatigue, abdominal pain, heavy bleeding, longer menstruation than usual, or sometimes there are no or few symptoms.

Despite current medical research and growing awareness of the condition, doctors still don’t know how to treat the condition. Current diagnosis consists of laparoscopy whereby some of the endometrial cells are removed. In more extreme cases a more invasive laparotomy may be required.

This is often followed by Hormonal control methods such as use of the contraceptive pill, IUD or other HRT options. These are designed to manage the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, however they are unable to correct the cause of the problem.

There are growing concerns regarding the use of artificial hormones and evidence is emerging regarding the psychological effects of synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones also encourage further shut down of the endocrine system.

Quite often, women end up feeling miserable or suffering another suite of symptoms associated with hormone imbalances. Although researchers continue to search for a cure, there is published research demonstrating the effectiveness of yoga in managing the symptoms of endometriosis.

Hatha yoga in particular is shown to lower pain scores and improve quality of life for suffers compared to those that don’t practice yoga.
Yoga improves circulation to the pelvis, reducing pain and inflammation. Certain asana (poses) can help to reduce scar tissue and alleviate stagnant energy in this region of the body.

Yoga therapy will support the individual as a whole. This includes managing stress and anxiety, providing breathing techniques to improve the flow of energy throughout the body, meditations to address mental health and wellbeing, and practicing an Ayurvedic diet which is shown to reduce inflammation and pain.

Devi Shakti also incorporates trauma sensitive healing modalities into her therapy sessions. Often when disease is present in the body, this is indicative of poor emotional health. In the case of endometriosis this is often present as grief, abuse, loss or breakdown of relationships or even issues around self-identify.

Devi Shakti utilises mindfulness techniques, yogic counselling along with yoga asana, pranayama and meditation to help support a patient with endometriosis.