What is the main cause of endometriosis – This is the passing of menstrual blood flow back into the fallopian tubes and the pelvic cavity instead of exiting the body. The real issue lies where sensory nerve cells line the cavity and surrounding tissue. Each month as the body sheds an unfertilised egg, it is delivered out of the body in the form of menses (period). As part of the natural progression with this cycle the endometrial tissue outside the uterus also undergoes its own period. The issue here is that the bleed occurs around sensory nerves thus causing pain of various intensities. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine we would not consider endometriosis as a disease but as a symptom of menstrual pain. We refer to this as blood stasis with typical formation of abdominal lumps. Regulating blood circulation and correct chi energy imbalances as promoted with acupuncture, coupled with herbal remedies are a very powerful source of natural medicines.
What are the signs and symptoms of endometriosis – Prior to the period starting, the abdominal pain and cramps become more disturbing as the period approaches the due date. As the periods starts to flow the pain intensifies. However, as the flow continues and the stagnation associated with the blood stasis is relieved the symptom of pain will ease and become less obvious. Pain as seen with excessive menstrual cramping which are not necessarily confined to one side only are felt in the abdomen and lower back, with sensations of pain sometimes stretching down the legs, front and back. Abnormal menstrual flow may also indicate endometriosis, although the pain may not be cyclic as some women may experience pain at different times of the month whilst outside her dates. Similarly, pain maybe experienced throughout the entire month.