I started my journey with Endometriosis and natural healing about 2 years ago. When I first explored Endometriosis, I really didn’t know all that much about it. I simply followed what I had read in Endometriosis books or things my naturopath had said. Unfortunately, much of this information was simply not good for Endometriosis or should only be used on a short-term basis.
One of the main ones was evening primrose oil. It is funny because I didn’t see the warning signs on discovering this or how I found out about it! If you remember the article, I totally raved about evening primrose oil! Well, this is how I found out about it: I met this lady, who was in her 70s and she had severe Endometriosis. She had it so bad that she had a hysterectomy and yet, she still had daily Endometriosis pain. She was the one who swore by evening primrose oil and said she would never give it up! She claimed that it was her lifesaver! Now, being new to exploring Endometriosis and exploring things, I figured someone who had Endometriosis for so long and recommended a solution must know what she was talking about, right?
Well, what is ironic is that I simply didn’t see the obvious warning signals here: SHE STILL HAD DAILY PAIN! After the hysterectomy and everything she still had daily pain! That is a warning in itself that evening primrose oil was clearly NOT working for her! Now, I must just mention that evening primrose oil is often recommended for Endometriosis—in heaps of books!
It is only now that I can see the strong contradiction that exists with plant estrogens and Endometriosis. There is just so much misinformation and unfortunately they are constantly being recommended for Endometriosis.
Now, don’t go worrying about every plant estrogen that exists in nature because just about every plant has estrogenic properties. You want to minimise things that have a high oestrogen load on the body and anything that you may be consuming or using on a daily basis. Some plant estrogens are good for you and are needed within our diet. It is the ones that are high in plant estrogens that you need to avoid.
- Flaxseed oil
- Evening primrose oil
- Soy products
- Sesame oil
- Hops (found in beer)
- Red clover
Now, motherwort is also estrogenic but it is not as strong as the ones mentioned above.
Essentially we want to reduce them in our diet as they create MORE ESTROGEN. We are generally estrogen dominant, so the last thing we want to do is add more of these into our diet. Now, I do believe they can be beneficial on a short-term basis like 3 months but no longer than that.
I will explore this topic further for us and get some real facts on it but for now, it was just a warning about evening primrose oil and other plant-based estrogens in large quantities.
For more information in the meantime, check out this awesome website: http://www.sensiblehealth.com/Journey-04.xhtml
Some awesome information about soy: http://nourishingourchildren.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/why-eliminate-soy-and-pasteurized-milk/
They are seriously worth a read!