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Acupuncture Fort Lauderdale, Herbal Medicine and Endometriosis

November 12, 2011

Endometriosis can cause a host of disorders.  It is a painful disorder that afflicts women.  Fortunately the trend these days is seeking alternative modes of treatment, particularly, acupuncture Fort Lauderdale and herbal medicine, rather than opting for conventional treatment methods.   The treatment approaches will depend on the magnitude of the condition and whether the woman wants to have children in the future.

Endometriosis typically strikes some women in the age group of 25 to 35 but it can affect women of all age group as well.  Once every four weeks, the ovaries secrete hormones that stimulate and increase the uterine lining in preparation for possible conception. The cells that thicken the uterine lining are called endometrial cells. They are supposed to grow only in the uterus but sometimes some anomaly happens causing these cells to grow outside the uterus.  This condition then is called endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a painful health issue that can cause scars around the area near the pelvis, tubes and ovaries as well as lead to infertility and chronic pelvic pain.  The conventional medical treatments for endometriosis are surgery (such as hysterectomy) or drugs.  Women who desire having children would rather not undergo an invasive and risky procedure such as hysterectomy nor wish to take drugs that give them harmful side effects.  They would rather opt for more natural alternatives such as herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Acupuncture and herbal medicines are holistic types of treatment and they treat emotional, mental, spiritual as well as physical conditions.  Acupuncture is a 5000 year old Chinese medicinal art that was introduced in the United States in the 1970s and was used primarily then for pain therapy.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair thin sterile needles into certain points of the body called acupuncture points.  The acupuncture points selected for the treatment of endometriosis are located in the abdomen, wrists, ears, feet, legs and back.  Once the needles are inserted they are left in the body for about 20 to 50 minutes.  No conclusive studies exist that shows how acupuncture treats endometriosis but medical acupuncturists believe that acupuncture removes pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, improves blood circulation to the uterus and regulates the production of hormones.

Herbal medicine offers concoctions that are effective in the treatment of endometriosis.  Some of the useful herbs for endometriosis are dandelion, motherwort, wild yam, burdock, cramp bark and horsetail.  They have the ability to boost the immune system and regulate the hormones; effective ways to combat endometriosis.

Because they are natural healing treatments, acupuncture in combination with herbs may take a while before the patient sees results. The patient should select an experienced and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in this kind of condition and a licensed herbalist.  Acupuncture and herbal medicine are definitely good alternative options for the natural treatment of endometriosis.