Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that resembles the inner uterine lining grows outside of the uterus. This tissue, called endometrial tissue, can appear in various parts of the body such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, colon, or bladder.
Endometrial tissue thickens before a woman’s period and is shed during menstruation. It can be painful when the tissue outside of the uterus begins to shed during menstruation.
While there is no treatment for this ailment, there are certain home remedies that can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort it causes. In this article, we are going to talk about 5 home treatments for endometriosis.
1. Applying heat
You can either take your bath with warm water or apply heat to the lower abdomen with a heating pad or hot water bottle. This helps to relax cramping pelvic muscles, reducing pain.
2. Use of pain relievers
Many pain relievers can be gotten over-the-counter at your nearby medication store. Some pain medications, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen can help fight the inflammation going on in your pelvic region. However, only a doctor can tell you the best dose for your body.
3. Eating of Tumeric
Studies have shown that Tumeric reduces inflammation and may inhibit estrogen. This may prevent the growth of endometrial tissue in sites other than the uterus. Turmeric is available in capsule form and also has a spice that may be added to meals.
4. Changing diet
Reducing red meat and increasing fruit and vegetable intake, can help improve your overall health. Some food can increase your risk of inflammation but these vary from individual to individual.
A way to determine which one causes inflammation for you is to use the Elimination Diet. This means you would remove ALL food that could potentially cause inflammation from your diet and then begin to reintroduce them in order to see which one causes inflammation for you.
Some of these potentially dangerous food are dairy products, gluten, processed foods, and sugars.
5. Massage therapy
Massaging the pelvis, lower abdomen and back may help to reduce inflammation. This may be done shortly before menstruation begins.
Take home: Endometriosis is a very debilitating condition that can affect the physical, social and mental health of an individual. Although it is not completely treatable, several home remedies may be used to prevent or reduce the symptoms.