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Endometriosis: A Naturopath's Perspective

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in places it shouldn't, like the pelvis or even in rare cases, the lungs. When this tissue grows, it can bleed in response to the monthly cycle changes in a woman and cause signficant problems. Under the influence of the hormone estrogen, these misplaced cells can multiply and form cysts and painful spots. This can lead to abdominal pain, the formation of scar tissue, and adhesions, which are like sticky bands that can cause organs to stick together. If this tissue grows into the wall of the uterus, it's called adenomyosis. Endometriosis doesn't limit its effects to the monthly cycle, it can impact a person's entire life on a grand scale, from disruption of health to the hijacking of work capacity, pain levels, and disruption of mental health. The average woman with endo won't get a proper diagnosis for ten years, meaning that she will struggle with debilitating symptoms without knowing what is happening.

Getting a proper diagnosis for endometriosis can be tough as it currently involves an invasive surgical procedure called a laparoscopy, which doctors usually only do when trying to figure out infertility or severe pelvic pain. This process can take a long time, commonly a woman can suffer with the symptoms of endometriosis for about 8 to 10 years, and by then, the disease is often pretty advanced. To make things trickier, people with endometriosis often have other conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and a higher risk of diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and ovarian problems. Plus, the pain and infertility caused by endometriosis can lead to depression, making everything harder. By the time women come for treatment they have usually been suffering for long time.

Endometriosis - A Naturopathic Approach

Scar Tissue - a complicating factor in Endometriosis

When a woman has had endometriosis for a while, one of the major problems becomes abdominal adhesions and pelvic scar tissue. Medically, the only way to address this is surgery, and often this doesn't resolve the problem, so a typical woman with endo will have multiple surgeries over her life, and significant challenges to her fertility when she wants to have children.

Naturopathically, we see scar tissue as part of the body's natural healing processes, reflecting the resources available during the healing phase. Scar tissue comprises collagen fibers arranged like a net over the healing/healed area. Ideally, it should be strong yet supple and flexible, abd confined to the healed site. When scar tissue becomes excessive and invasive, it speaks to a system that is under great pressure on an immune and nutritional level. Scar tissue can cause far reaching complications for a women with longstanding endometriosis.

Scar tissue can bind up local structures and affect organs, nerves and blood vessels in the nearby tissues causing tissue, organ and muscle tightness, and abdominal discomfort.

In my practice I use Bicom bioresonance and frequency specific microcurrent therapies (FSM, Avazzia) alongside Naturopathy, to bring together a way of non-invasively loosening tight, dense scar tissue. This supports the body to remodel and repair tissues more naturally, improving circulation, elasticity, and easing pain.

The Naturopathic Approach

Naturopathic care takes an individualised, multi-faceted approach to health issues, beginning with a very detailed health review, pathology and scan results and thorough history taking. Treatment is focused on the needs of the individual, not the name of the illness, and includes a range of therapeutic measures, which may include herbal and nutritional treatments, dietary adjustments, microbiome support, stress management, Bioresonance or Frequency Specific Microcurrent treatment, and strategies for emotional health. This comprehensive approach aims to address the underlying drivers that keep the body in an inflamed and dysregulated state, offering hope for healing and a return to wellness.

Alison's Story

Alison’s journey illustrates a typical case in the clinic of many a good Naturopath.

Alison was 31 when she was referred to me by a friend. She was dealing with absolutely debilitating menstrual pain, that meant she was missing work monthly and it was becoming a problem in her new job. She also had digestive problems (bloating, gut pain, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, very odorous stools), sleep problems, anxiety, depression, lethargy, fatigue and terrible lack of motivation.

Her Naturopathic treatment plan included dietary adjustments, hormone support, bioresonance sessions, and lifestyle changes that supported her circadian rythum and a reduction in stress. Four months into her program and she experienced a remarkable improvement in her well-being. Her work colleagues were commenting on how well she looked, her friends marvelled at how much better she was, retesting showed a vast improvement in all tested parameters.

In Naturopathic health care, we believe that when we align with the body's innate healing needs, remove the common obstacles to health while addressing the underlying drivers of health problems, remarkable transformations can occur. Recovery does take time and effort, but when we support the body holistically, miracles can happen. Endometriosis is no exception.

Incorporating regular bioresonance treatments alongside Naturopathic support, we can pave a more effective path to recovery. Remember, the body has a powerful self-healing system, with a little effort, a lot can happen.

How much better life can be with vibrant, reliable health.


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