Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus (endometrial implant). Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond your pelvic region.
No one is sure of the exact cause of endometriosis, but some contributing factors include: genetics, hormonal imbalances, or a disorder of the uterine tissue that starts at birth.
There are many natural endometriosis remedies that can improve this condition and reduce pain.
Top Foods for Endometriosis
Organic foods – Pesticides can affect estrogen and other hormones, therefore it is important to choose only organic.
Wild-caught fish – Foods high in EPA/DHA reduce inflammation and reduces pain.
Flax, hemp seeds and chia seeds – Will help improve estrogen levels, consume 3 tablespoons daily.
Cruciferous vegetables – Increases Indole-3-carbinol, which supports liver detoxification.
Avocados – Are high in healthy fats, fiber, potassium and magnesium all of which support hormone balance and reduce inflammation.
Foods to Avoid
High-fat processed meats – Can increase inflammation levels and contain toxic additives.
Non-organic dairy products – Conventional diary is high in steroids and pesticides.
Refined sugar – Increases pain and decreases immune function.
Alcohol – Increases inflammation and reduces immune function.
Caffeine – Can cause hormonal imbalances and dehydration.
Top 5 Natural Endometriosis Remedies
#1 Vitex (chasteberry) (400 mg 2x daily)
Chasteberry (vitex) balances progesterone/ estrogen ratios.
#2 Fish Oil (1,000mg daily)
Fish oil helps reduce inflammation and balance hormones.
#3 B-complex (50 mg daily)
B vitamins are crucial in estrogen levels and hormone balance.
#4 Progesterone Cream (1/4 tsp, days 6-26 of cycle, stop after 3rd m. pregnancy)
Low progesterone often contributes to endometriosis.
#5 Milk Thistle (150 mg 2x daily)
Milk thistle supports liver detoxification which can naturally balance hormones.
Essential Oils for Endometriosis
Clary sage essential oil helps balance hormones and has been found to effectively reduce the symptoms of endometriosis. Apply 2-4 drops topically over abdomen and apply a warm compress over the area.
Taking 3 drops internally of frankincense and sandalwood essential oils may also help reduce inflammation and support healing.
If you feel like you could use some more in depth information on essential oils, Dr. Josh Axe is hosting a free webinar going over, in great detail, uses and tips for using essential oils. Click below to learn more.