We all know that Endometriosis brings with it some intense pain. We also know that we can overcome a large amount of this pain by changing our diet and our lifestyle, reducing stress and essentially following the natural path of healing. Cool! What do we do in the meantime though?
I discovered that there are certain herbs that are specifically beneficial for Endometriosis and provide fairly instant pain relief for us.
Ask any Chinese doctor what Endometriosis is and they will describe it as “blood stagnation.” What this means is that we essentially have blood “stuck” in the body that needs to come out. What cramp bark does is increase the blood flow to the abdominal area and this in turn relaxes the uterus and helps clear this stagnation. It also reduces overactive uterine muscles caused by over-production of prostaglandins. If you have read any of my previous articles, you might remember that the prostaglandin II’s are the ones which create inflammation and clotting in the body. Cramp bark reduces this reaction by our prostaglandins and minimizes the associated pain and inflammation.
Cramp bark also reduces nervous tension, which will impact on mood swings, irritability and anxiety.
Since it is an emmenagogus, it helps to reduce tension of the nervous system that causes symptoms of endometriosis such as mood swings, irritation, anxiety, and depression. Buy through this link.
One of the things that causes Endometriosis to be more painful is the constant contracting of the uterine muscles. I personally believe this is the body trying to get the stagnant blood out and it uses the same mechanisms it would use in labor to attempt to do this. Unfortunately, it brings on large amounts of pain. What black haw does is provide a sedative tonic, which is similar to aspirin (without the negative side effects) and relax this contractive mechanism within our bodies.
It also contains scopoletin, which helps our immune system and fights off bacteria and viruses. As Endometriosis is often linked to poor immune function and fungal conditions in the bowels, this would be a great added benefit.
Black haw also helps with the liver and increases bile production. This is why it is often also used for morning sickness and nausea. Buy through this link.
This is more of a relaxant than anything else but its benefits are worth mentioning. One of the key things that happens when you experience Endometriosis pain is a sense of panic within our minds. I know I certainly do this—a little bit of extra pain and it gets my mind racing. Valerian allows us to calm down and relax a little and let the pain simply subside. We don’t need the extra anxiety often connected with our overactive minds!
Valerian is great to help you sleep better and simply ease your worries.
It also has added benefits for the liver and if you use it as an essential oil, it can instantly relax the abdominal area. Simply rub it in and it will relax that endless cramping sensation. Buy through this link.
Using painkillers to overcome Endometriosis is counter-intuitive. Every painkiller needs to be broken down by the liver. The more we overwhelm our liver, the more our hormone imbalances will continue. Try to reduce the amount of drugs and painkillers you take and replace them with these fantastic natural alternatives.
These are easy herbs, which you can keep in your handbag and take at the slightest indication of pain. When you get home, you can then prepare a castor oil pack or run a bath and feel even better.
What other herbs do you know that can provide pain relief for women with Endometriosis? Have you tried any of these? Feel free to share…