Endometriosis treatment in Ayurveda is highly effective to completely cure mild to moderately severe stages of endometriosis. For severe stage of endometriosis, Ayurvedic natural treatment can prevent the removal of uterus (hysterectomy) by significantly reducing pelvic pain and controlling heavy menstrual bleeding.
At Medhya Herbals, we have observed 60-70% reduction in endometriosis pain within 3-4 weeks of starting endometriosis treatment. Additionally, our patients in advanced stages of endometriosis could naturally conceive within 6-7 months even after multiple failed rounds of IVF and IUI before they started Endometriosis treatment with Medhya Herbals.
The main goal of endometriosis treatment in Ayurveda is to reduce pain, balance hormones and restore fertility in women. Holistic natural ways as herbal supplements, dietary changes, and massage therapy are all employed according to a patient’s specific symptoms and health requirements.
Ayurveda offers a safe and natural approach to manage and treat fertility disorders as Endometriosis and Adenomyosis.
Endometriosis is a gynecological condition in which the endometrial tissue (tissues that are similar to the endometrium, the uterine lining) starts to grow outside of the uterine cavity. This abnormal growth of endometrial tissue is termed as endometrial lesions or endometrial implants.
Endometrial implants can range in size and frequently take the form of nodules or cysts (also known as endometrial cysts or chocolate cysts). While the majority of them are brown, black, or blue colored, sometimes they can also be red, white, or clear.
Some of the common locations of endometrial lesions are: the ovaries, the Fallopian tube, outer surface of the uterus, the bladder, the lining of the pelvic cavity and anywhere inside the abdominal cavity. In ovaries, the endometrial implants result in the formation of chocolate cysts.
In some cases, it may even spread to the lungs or brain.This leads to internal bleeding, inflammation and scarring. That’s why women often struggle with so much pain in Endometriosis symptoms.
Common Symptoms of Endometriosis
Endometriosis should be considered in any woman (of reproductive age), who experiences severe pelvic pain that lasts for more than 6 months.
This chronic pelvic pain is usually non cyclical in nature, meaning it keeps on changing in intensity and duration.
Also, the pain experienced in endometriosis is not limited to menstruation. It can happen at anytime during the menstrual cycle.
Apart from the pain, here are the symptoms that one experiences in Endometriosis:
- Severe period cramps. The diagnosis of endometriosis should be considered especially, if a patient develops painful periods after years of pain-free menstrual cycles
- Excessive pain or cramping is experienced during sexual intercourse
- Lower back pain that worsens during menstruation
- Pain in the rectum and painful bowel movement may occur depending on the location of the endometrial implants
- Repeated miscarriages, infertility and inability to conceive
- Pain during urination, passage of red urine (during menstruation)
- Short Menstrual Cycle (less than 21 days) leading to Early or Frequent periods
- Heavy Bleeding or Menorrhagia
- Clotted menstrual blood flow
- Spotting or Bleeding in between periods
- Nausea and vomiting
- Poor Mental Health leading to Emotional Distress, Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Swings
- Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, stomach pain (endo belly), diarrhea or constipation that worsens during menstruation
Endometriosis Health Complications
You should note that Endometriosis is a progressive disease. If not addressed in early stage, it can lead to health complications and may risk Infertility. here are some of the health risks if endometriosis is left untreated:
- Spreading of endometrial implants: If the endometrial tissues rupture, it can spread the cells to other areas in the abdominal cavity or in further body organs.
- Infertility: Endometriosis results in infertility in about 25-40% of women. It is a common result of the progression of the disease.
- Sticky Adhesion: Some women can develop “sticky” areas of endometrial lesions that can join the organs together. This leads to malfunctioning of body organs, pain, and inflammation.
- Affect the Bowels and Urinary System: Growth of endometrial tissue along the bladder or in the colon may restrict bowel movement and also affect urination.
- Emotional Distress: Excessive pain, inflammation, and heavy periods often affect the mental state of the patient. Endometriosis symptoms can be the leading cause of Depression, Anxiety, and Emotional Trauma experienced in the patients.
- Development of Tumors: Although it is rare (<1% of cases), development of tumors is the most severe complication of endometriosis. It has been observed that in nearly 75% of tumors cases, the site is on the ovaries.
Endometriosis Treatment in Modern Medicine
There is no cure for endometriosis in modern medicine. Your treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms and the reason for which you got diagnosis.
Most of the time, these treatment options provide a patch-work to either control the symptoms artificially or by surgical removal of endometrial tissues.
Endometriosis surgery can be performed with laparoscopy or laparotomy. Usually, the success rate of surgery is high. However, endometriosis develops again in 28% of patients by 18 months after surgery.
Also, almost 40% patients experience recurrence within 9 years of treatment. Similarly, it has been observed that adhesion recur in 40-50% of patients.
Current treatment options for Endometriosis Symptoms
- Patients with infertility are usually treated surgically or with advanced reproductive techniques. Some of the techniques used are hormone therapy, hyper-stimulation and intrauterine insemination.
- Hormone therapy and birth control pills to relieve endometriosis symptoms such as period pain and pelvic pain.
- Removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) and or ovaries if the pain is severe. In less severe cases, one ovary may be retained.
However, for permanent relief from endometriosis symptoms you need to adopt an approach to remove the root cause. This is the only way to avoid multiple expensive and intrusive treatment rounds.
Now, let’s see how Ayurvedic Medicine can help you to find relief from Endometriosis symptoms.
Ayurvedic View of Endometriosis
In Ayurveda, early stage endometriosis can be correlated to aggravated vata dosha in reproductive organs. It is termed as Vataja Yonivyapad.
Here’s how endometriosis develops:
Retrograde Menstruation causes Endometrial Implants
Apana Vayu (vata), a sub dosha of Vata dosha is responsible for downward flow of menstrual blood, urination, bowel movement and child birth. When Apana vayu is disturbed or blocked, it leads to irregular and backward flow of Apana vata “Udavarta”. Thus, upward flow of apana vata dosha leads to retrograde menstruation and provides conditions for endometrial implants to attach in the pelvic cavity or outside the uterus.
Pelvic Pain & Irregular Ovulation
Severe Pain is another characteristic of vata imbalance. When vata is disturbed, it leads to blockade, severe pelvic pain, abdominal and menstrual cramps. Also, regular menstruation and normal flow of egg (ovulation) is affected due to irregular flow of apana vata. This affects menstrual cycle and ovulation, leading to difficulty in conceiving, irregular menstrual flow, heavy menstrual bleeding or scanty periods with extreme pain and bloating.
Advanced Stages of Endometriosis
Pitta dosha and Kapha dosha may also be present in the moderate to severe stages of endometriosis. This leads to burning sensation, diarrhea, acidity, IBS symptoms, weight gain, lethargy, heavy menstrual bleeding with clots, and mucus in the stools or menstrual blood.
Causes of Endometriosis
Both physical and mental factors can create vata dosha imbalance and lead to backward flow of apana vata. According to Ayurveda, excessive stress, too much consumption of cold, dry, raw, astringent and bitter foods, extreme physical activity, lack of sleep, too much travel (specifically air travel) and suppression of natural urges as urination, hunger and sneezing etc. can increase the risk of development of endometriosis in women.
In addition, hormonal pills such as oral contraceptives for a longer duration can also disturb your hormonal balance, thus creating estrogen dominance and excessive growth of endometrial tissues.
Endometriosis Treatment in Ayurveda
Endometriosis treatment in Ayurveda starts with detailed diagnosis of the health symptoms. This helps to identify the stage of endometriosis and involved dosha imbalances. The endometrial lesions namely peritoneal lesions, endometrial lesions (chocolate cysts), and Rectovaginal nodule have to be treated differently.
With proper herbal medicines and a healing dietary, lifestyle regimen, Ayurvedic treatments can naturally cure endometriosis, reduce the severe pelvic pain and prevent the health complications that arise as a result of unabated growth of endometrial implants.
The Protocol for Endometriosis Treatment in Ayurveda
Here are the primary objectives of Ayurvedic natural treatment for Endometriosis:
- Restore hormone balance with Ayurveda medicine, diet and lifestyle.
- Detoxification to get rid of the wasteful substances that trigger imbalances in the body.
- Strengthen the reproductive organs to improve fertility and remove pain.
- Pacify and balance the vitiated doshas. This will remove the root cause of Endometrial cell growth.
- Promote mental wellness. This helps to reduce stress and improves emotional balance
Ayurvedic Medicine for Endometriosis Treatment
1. Aloe vera
Aloe vera has a toning effect on female reproductive organs. Regular consumption of aloe vera will help you to reduce severe pain, support ovulation, establish regular menstrual period and stop the growth of Endometrial cell.
Shatavari nourishes the reproductive organs and improves the fertility health in a woman. It enhances follicle production and ovulation and prepares uterus for conception.
Ashwagandha enhances vitality and fertility in women by supporting and strengthening the uterus. It is a natural supplement to lower cortisol and balance thyroid hormones.
5. Kachnar Guggulu
Regular consumption of Kachnar guggulu helps to remove chocolate cyst, prevent retrograde menstruation and establish pain free periods.
Ashoka bark is a uterine tonic and hormone balancing herb for women. Regular consumption of Ashoka bark helps to reduce the intensity of Endometriosis symptoms and halts progress of Endometriosis.
Endometriosis Diet Tips
Poor diet and dietary habits create nutritional deficiencies and toxin buildup in the body. These are the 2 primary causes of Endometriosis, Hence, when you improve your diet, you also improve your chances of finding relief from Endometriosis symptoms.
Best Foods to eat for Healing Endometriosis
- Prefer smaller meals during the day and do not hold hunger. Always take timely meals at fixed time everyday.
- Eat freshly prepared healthy meals at the right times.
- Take a lot of fruits and vegetables, and a lot of high-fiber foods too.
- Favor ghee, nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, buttermilk, avocado, beets, lentils.
- Take warm and unctuous foods such as porridge, curries, gruel, and soups.
- Include spices and herbs to maintain healthy digestive fire and to get the micro nutrients.
Worst Foods that you should avoid in Endometriosis
- Reduce your consumption of red meat and deep-fried foods.
- Reduce your intake of dairy, except curd or buttermilk.
- Avoid sugar as much as you can. You can go for honey as an alternative sweetener.
- Reduce and remove caffeine, alcohol and any other stimulants from your meals and daily routine.
- Remove chili and peppers from your diet. Both of these cause excessive stimulation and vata aggravation
- Remove cold temperature foods and drinks.
- Limit or stop raw foods such as salads.
Other Helpful Ayurvedic Treatments for Endometriosis
Apart from Ayurveda medicine, diet and lifestyle changes, Endometriosis patient may also benefit from Ayurvedic therapies. These Endometriosis treatment options are employed on case by case basis. Your Ayurvedic doctor may recommend any of the following Ayurvedic therapies based on your specific Endometriosis symptoms:
Panchakarma means five works of deep purification that boost fertility, immunity and ojas “vitality”. It involves cleansing and healing of the body as a whole.
All the five procedures are employed in a sequence. This helps to systematically release and flush the toxins out. It establishes the digestive fire and strengthens the weakened body systems.
Panchakarma should be done under the supervision of an Ayurvedic Practitioner . This will help you to get maximum benefits. It will also help to prevent any damage (due to lack of knowledge).
Therapies given below are part of the Panchakarma. They can be employed stand alone or in the sequence as charted out by your Doctor.
2. Uttar Basti (Herbal Enema)
Basti refers to enema and uttar basti refers to enema of the uterus. Herbal oils and concoctions are used to perform uttar basti. It helps to regulate the apana vata (responsible for working of reproductive system) and facilitates regular ovulation. Uttar Basti helps to strengthen the uterus and boosts fertility by supporting successful implantation of the fertilized egg.
3. Virechana (Cleansing)
It refers to the cleansing procedures that support the health of the liver, regular bowel movement and flush out toxins. Virechana is primarily targeted to balance the Pitta Dosha.
4. Vamana (Vomiting)
It is really helpful in establishing hormone balance and removing the blockade in body channels. Thus, Vamana helps to bring good flow of hormones and induces regular ovulation.
5. Nasya (Oil in Nostrils)
Nasya involves regular insertion of medicated oil or ghee in both nostrils. It promotes flow of prana (vital life force), supports vitality and longevity.
Other than these Ayurvedic therapies, regular “Abhyanga” or body massage with medicated oils is recommended. Another procedure is “Swedna” or induced sweating via heat treatment or physical activity.
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Tips for Endometriosis Treatment
Ayurvedic lifestyle tips provide guidance daily routine that helps to establish hormone balance mental wellness. Here’s what you should do:
- Manage and reduce stress levels by either avoiding stressful activities or by better planning. Stress is one sure way to get your hormones out of whack.
- Practice regular meditation and breathing exercises (pranayama) that will help you to relax and reduce your stress levels.
- Reduce your exposure to endocrine disrupting materials such as BPA and Dioxins. They trigger Estrogen dominance and make you more prone to Endometriosis symptoms.
- Restrict your use of hormone-based contraceptives. If you can, avoid them completely.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking altogether. They are highly drying, disturb dosha balance and lead to toxin build up in the body.
- Abhyanga or regular massage will help to improve circulation in the body
- Don’t eat junk food. Eat healthily and avoid getting hungry so that you can better resist the temptation to eat junk food.
- Keep a regular, again, regular, sleep pattern in the night. Learn here on Ayurvedic guidelines for good sleep.
- Try not to sleep in the day so you don’t break your sleep cycles.
- Regular exercise to promote strength and balance.
- Avoid excessive exercise and stressful physical activity.
- Rest and restoration is highly important for Endometriosis patient as it is primarily a Vata imbalance disorder. So, always maintain balance and don’t go over the board.
One of the best points about Endometriosis natural treatment is that there are no side effects. What you experience with Ayurveda is a complete rejuvenation of body and mind.
Ayurveda treatment for Endometriosis involves herbal medicines, diet and lifestyle changes and mental wellness techniques to improve fertility and relieve pain. Ayurvedic holistic approach establishes hormone balance, boosts the fertility, helps to shrink and remove the endometrial tissues from the uterus.
Consult with Medhya’s Ayurvedic Doctor to get your personalised health plan involving prescription for Ayurvedic medicine, diet, yoga and lifestyle guidelines.
How is endometriosis diagnosis done?
Endometriosis is a disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus. This can cause pain, heavy bleeding, and infertility. There is no one test that can definitively diagnose endometriosis, but there are several options that can be used to help identify the condition. One common approach is pelvic examination, which can sometimes reveal lesions or masses associated with endometriosis. Ultrasound exams may also be used, as endometrial tissue appears differently than other tissues on an ultrasound. Additionally, MRI or CT scans can be helpful in identifying endometriosis lesions. In some cases, laparoscopy may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. During this procedure, a small camera is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision. This allows the doctor to directly visualize any endometrial tissue growths. Endometriosis is a complex condition, and there is no single test that can be used to diagnose it definitively. However, various diagnostic tools can be used to help identify the condition and rule out other possible causes of symptoms.
Can endometriosis cyst go away without surgery?
Endometriosis cysts are commonly found in women of childbearing age and can be a cause of concern. These cysts usually require surgery to remove them. However, there are some natural methods that can help to shrink the cysts and prevent their growth. One of the most effective methods is to maintain a healthy diet. Foods that are high in fiber and antioxidants can help to regulate hormone levels and reduce inflammation. In addition, regular exercise can also be helpful in reducing the size of endometriosis cysts. By following these simple steps, it is possible to reduce the symptoms of endometriosis and shrink the size of endometriosis cysts without resorting to surgery.
What are endometriosis surgery risks?
Endometriosis surgery is typically performed to remove tissue that has grown outside of the uterus. While this surgery can be effective in treating endometriosis, there are a number of risks that should be considered before undergoing the procedure. The most common complication following endometriosis surgery is pelvic pain. This pain can range from mild to severe and can last for several weeks or longer. Additionally, some women experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea after surgery. These symptoms are typically temporary and resolving within a few days. However, more serious complications, such as infection, blood loss, and damage to nearby organs, can occur. As with any surgery, there is also a risk of anesthesia-related complications. For these reasons, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of endometriosis surgery with your doctor before making a decision.
Does endometriosis worsen with age?
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus. This can cause pain, heavy bleeding, and other symptoms. While endometriosis can occur at any age, it is most common in women in their 30s and 40s. Endometriosis can worsen with age, but the severity of symptoms varies from woman to woman. Some women have very mild symptoms that do not worsen over time, while others may have severe symptoms that progress over time. There is no cure for endometriosis, but there are multiple natural treatments that can significantly reduce the symptoms and improve your fertility. If you are concerned about endometriosis, speak with our doctors at Medhya Herbals.
When is endometriosis surgery needed?
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissues that line the uterus grow outside of the uterus. This can cause pain, heavy bleeding, and other symptoms. Surgery is sometimes needed to remove the endometriosis tissue and relieve symptoms. There are several different types of surgeries that can be used, depending on the severity of the endometriosis. In some cases, laparoscopic surgery is used to remove small areas of endometriosis tissue. This type of surgery is less invasive than other types of surgeries and has a shorter recovery time. However, it may not be effective for large areas of endometriosis tissue. In other cases, open surgery may be needed to remove larger areas of endometriosis tissue. This type of surgery is more invasive and has a longer recovery time, but it may be more effective for large areas of endometriosis tissue. Endometriosis is a condition that affects many women, and surgery may be needed to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
Does endometriosis cause infertility?
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. This can cause pain, cramping, heavy bleeding, and infertility. There is no one cause of endometriosis, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. While endometriosis does not always cause infertility, it can make it difficult to get pregnant. Endometriosis can damage the ovaries and fallopian tubes, making it difficult for eggs to be released or fertilized. In addition, endometriosis can cause scar tissue to form, which can block the fallopian tubes and prevent sperm from reaching the egg.
Does endometrial tissue grow back after endometriosis surgery?
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus. This can cause pain, heavy bleeding, and fertility problems. Surgery is often used to remove the endometriosis tissue, but it is not always successful. In some cases, the endometriosis tissue may grow back after surgery. The chances of this happening depend on the severity of the endometriosis and whether all of the endometriosis tissue was removed during surgery. If endometriosis does grow back after surgery, additional treatment may be necessary to manage the symptoms. Ayurvedic medicine offers a number of effective treatments for endometriosis, including dietary changes, herbs, and massage. These holistic approaches can help to reduce pain and promote healing.
Does endometriosis surgery risk fertility?
Endometriosis is a common disease that affects women of childbearing age. It is characterized by the presence of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, which can attach to organs and tissues in the pelvis and cause pain and inflammation. Endometriosis surgery is a treatment option for women who have severe pain or fertility problems related to the disease. While endometriosis surgery can help improve symptoms, it may also affect fertility. In some cases, the surgery may damage the fallopian tubes or ovaries, making it difficult to become pregnant. Endometriosis surgery may also cause scar tissue to form in the pelvis, which can block the fallopian tubes and prevent sperm from reaching the egg. As a result, endometriosis surgery may increase the risk of infertility. However, many women who have the surgery are able to conceive without difficulty. If you are considering endometriosis surgery, be sure to discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.