A holistic guide for Endometriosis symptom support.
Endometriosis is a common and often very painful female disorder. In New Zealand and worldwide about 1:10 women are affected by it. Yet, as awareness is still low, it often goes undiagnosed and many women think that their symptoms are normal.
The wide range of symptoms associated with this disorder can vary. Often it can be years before a proper diagnosis is made which means support is not always there when needed.
A common issue with endometriosis is the formation of scar tissue and adhesions. They can cause a lot of pain and also infertility, presently the case for about 50% of women.
Cause and treatment
It is still medically unknown as to why some women develop endometriosis. The disease can resolve spontaneously and is often improved after a pregnancy but more often than not, it gets worse over time.
Modern medical treatment consists of pharmaceutical pain relief and hormone therapy. While often successful, these treatments can only offer temporary management. These treatments are not ideal long-term and also do not address fertility issues. Conservative surgery is sometimes offered to those hoping to become pregnant, however endometriosis and pain may return.
For more advise and excellent resources, visit the Endometriosis New Zealand website.
A holistic approach can be integrated into daily life, alongside modern medical treatment as part of a long-term strategy to deal with symptoms and improve quality of life:
Take medicinal herbs to help reduce and resolve symptoms and improve fertility
Eat a diet high in specific nutrients can really help with management such as; dark leafy greens, healthy fats and fermented foods
Limit inflammatory foods that can aggravate symptoms such as; dairy, refined sugar, gluten
Practice regular stress management techniques that work for you such as; mediation, moderate exercise, counselling
PMT Ease Tea formulation
Tea remedies offer great support for those with chronic conditions as they integrate easily with modern treatment plans. They are pleasant to take, absorbed quickly and at the recommended dosage, no drug-herb interactions have been recorded. PMT Ease Tea is made with the following medicinal herbs that help support management of specific endometriosis symptoms and may help with:
- reducing high oestrogen levels
- the clearance of oestrogen
- improving the health of the endometrium
- reducing excessive bleeding
- lymph drainage to reduce congestion - tissue repair, anti-candida
- supporting circulation to the pelvic area
We've formulated a traditional plant medicine which supports endometriosis symptoms - PMT Ease Tea.
PMT Ease includes the plant medicine formulation of:
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula has an affinity with the female reproductive system, and helps to regulate menstruation and relieve menstrual cramps and pain. It’s astringent properties help reduce excessive bleeding and its ability to support and enhance lymphatic clearance reduces uterine and breast congestion. Calendula enhances the function of the liver which aids the metabolising of hormones. It has properties that are effective in treating thrush/candida.
Chaste Tree berries (aka Vitex) (Vitex agnus-castus)
Stimulates and balances the function of the pituitary gland. In relation to female sex hormones, Vitex has a normalising effect on follicle and luteal stimulating hormones to support the function of the ovaries in the second part of the cycle. It’s progesterone-like action makes a fine remedy a range of menstrual and gynaecological problems related to hormone imbalance. The berries are prescribed for irregular and painful periods, heavy bleeding fibroids, headaches and to re-establish hormone balance after hormone therapy (the pill). Suitable for young women with irregular periods or amenorrhoea (absence of periods).
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
An aromatic spice with warming properties, it is a tonic for the female body. It stimulates circulation, which brings valuable nutrients to the womb area. The tannins found in Cinnamon have an astringent action and help to stem bleeding in heavy periods. Cinnamon also acts as a relaxant to the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety. It stimulates the digestive system and helps relieve cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.
Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris)
Lady’s Mantle is beneficial and nourishing for women of all ages. As a uterine tonic it has regulating, strengthening, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, astringent (to reduce bleeding) and calming properties. It helps to regulate the cycle and reduces painful periods, especially when taken together with Yarrow.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Balm has been used traditionally to relax and strengthen women by helping to alleviate irritability and depression associated with PMS. It helps to regulate periods and relaxes spasms which cause period pain. Lemon Balm helps to relieve fluid retention caused by PMS.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yarrow contains sterols, which have a hormone-like action to regulate the menstrual cycle. It reduces heavy periods and uterine congestion. As well as supporting the healthy functioning of the uterus, Yarrow acts as a tonic to the circulatory system and supports the nervous system.