What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a female health disorder in which endometrium (cells from the lining of the uterus) start growing outside the uterine cavity. Endometriosis most commonly involves ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining pelvis. In rare case, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs.
The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown. But some of possible cause are explained below:-
In this case, menstrual blood containing endometrial cells flows back through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity instead of out of the body. These displaced endometrial cells stick to the pelvic walls and surfaces of pelvic organs, where they grow and continue to thicken and bleed over the course of each menstrual cycle.
Transformation of Peritoneal Cells
In this case, hormones promote transformation of peritoneal cells (cells that line the inner side of peritoneum) into endometrial cells.
- Surgical scar implantation
- Endometrial cells transport
- Immune system disorder
Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis
The primary symptom is pelvic pain associated with menstrual period.
Common Signs and Symptoms May Include
Painful Periods (dysmenorrhea)
It may involve Pelvic pain and cramping that may begin before your period and extend several days into your period. It may also have lower back and abdominal pain.
- Pain during intercourse – Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
- Pain with bowel movements or urination.
- Excessive bleeding during periods.
- Other symptoms may also include fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.
- Pelvic examination
Ayurvedic Treatment for Endometriosis
According to Ayurveda, there are various herbs which are able to balance hormones. These herbs do contain different female hormone precursors. For example, the herb Ashoka contains analogues and precursors of female hormone estrogens in the form of phytoestrogens. The other plants like Shatavari hassimilar actions. Curcumin is actually a natural pain relieving, inflammation reducing, anti-cancer herb.
Medicines include usage of herbs that help strengthening the immune system which in turn helps the glands function properly and create a hormonal balance. There are good herbal remedies for Endometriosis explained in Ayurvedic medicine. Most useful herbs are Shatavari, Ashoka, Lodhra, Aloe vera and Arjuna. Few herbs are explained below:
1. Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)
It is a famous herb used for the treatment of various ailments like pain, osteo – arthritis and muscular pains. It is used as a substitute to modern pain killer medicines. This plant contains anti-inflammatory terpenoids called boswellic acids. It suppresses the growth of inflammed tissues in Endometriosis as well as prevents the breakdown of the surrounding connective tissues. It is found throughout India and used for many herbal preparations like Boswellia Curcumin Capsules.
2. Curcumin (Curcuma longa)
Curcumin is one of the main constituent of turmeric or curcuma longa. It is one of the most common spice used in Indian kitchen. It is best known for its properties like anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anticancer properties and used in various health problems. It is used in various health complications including pains, wounds. It is strong antioxidant that removes toxins from the body.It is used in various herbal formulations like Boswellia Curcumin Capsules.
3. Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
Primarily it is known as reproductive tonic (for both males and females), a demulcent for the digestive system, and a powerful Adaptogenic. It is a wonderful Rasayana (rejuvenator) that promotes physical and mental health in females. It pacifies vata and pitta doshas in body. It is used widely in Ayurveda for its rejuvenating property. It also contains antioxidant compound ‘Racemofuran‘ which has ability to regularize female hormones and gives strength to female reproductive system. It is beneficial for all stages of a woman’s reproductive cycle, from menarche (start of menses), supporting the female system through menses, ovulation and fertility, uterine strength during pregnancy, child birth and ample lactation (flow and quantity of milk), and hot flashes, irritability, irregular memory and dryness during menopause. It is useful in preparation of various ayurvedic preparation like Female Health Support Capsules and Shatavari Capsules.
4. Ashoka (Saraca indica)
It is very beneficial to manage menstrual disturbances.It helps to regulate the female menstrual cycle and relieves menstrual pain. It Works very well on female hormonal system. It is useful in the preparation of Female Health Support Capsules and Pradrantak Churna.
5. Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa)
This herb is quite effective incase of excessive menstruation, painful menstruation and delayed menstruation. According to Ayurveda, vitiation of pitta leads to heavy bleeding. Due to its cooling (sheeta) and light (laghu) properties it pacifies pitta. It is beneficial in all gynae problems. It is useful in the preparation of Female Health Support Capsules and Pradrantak Churna.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. WEBSITE – WWW.PLANETAYURVEDA.COM