Endometriosis. This is a condition I know well. It causes chronic stress as a woman deals with excruciating pain every month when menstruating though it can happen at other stages of the menstrual cycle as well. Other signs and symptoms can include fluctuating mood swings, bloating, tiredness and fatigue, bowel problems, digestive issues and vomiting.

Over the past ten years, I have undertaken my own healing journey, through trial and error, using natural complementary therapies such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, diet, and Chinese herbal medicine to help manage my endometriosis. The results have been remarkable with a dramatic decrease in pelvic pain. Painkillers, commonly known as non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can provide temporary relief but do not target the root cause of the disease. Surgery is an option as are contraceptives which inhibit the menstrual bleed each month but with a wealth of unpleasant side-effects.

There is no known cure for endometriosis. A multi-therapeutic approach seems to work best to manage the condition. This could include complementary therapies alone or combined with western medicine as the body strengthens its ability to heal itself. Regular acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes and prescribed Chinese herbal medicine can have a profound healing effect on this condition. Furthermore, establishing a positive emotional relationship with the disease and harnessing a non-reactive response to chronic pain is crucial in allowing the body to naturally heal. There is still much to be discovered in relation to pain and its direct relationship to endometriosis. Working with the body and with the condition is paramount in its management.

It is important to target the condition in its early stages. This will help manage the pain, and in turn the progression of the disease, helping maximise fertility later in life.