Endometriosis is a serious gynecological condition in which the affected women suffer from pain in the lower abdomen. This condition normally affects women aged between 25 and 40 years, though women of all age-groups are at risk for it.
The occurrence of Endometriosis is linked to an atypical growth of ‘Endometrium’ — a tissue which lines the inner surface of the uterus.
In Endometriosis, the Endometrium tissue starts growing outside the uterine cavum; and its growth can extend over the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the bowel and the tissue surrounding the pelvis. The growth of this tissue is chiefly dependent on the menstrual cycle of the affected women. In other words, the tissue becomes thicker or gets thinner (breaks down) in accordance with the menstrual cycle and certain hormonal changes in the body.
The misplaced Endometrium tissue which follows the affected women’s menstrual cycle causes a lot of pain and discomfort during periods. The abnormal growth of the tissue causes irritation, leads to formation of scars and adhesions, and may even cause potential fertility problems. As such, the Endometriosis condition can have a massive impact on the quality of life of affected women.
According to Ayurveda, Endometriosis is a condition which results from disturbed or altered ‘Vata’dosha of the body. More specifically, the condition is associated mainly with ‘Apanavatavikara’ — is a subtype of ‘Vata’dosha which is responsible for the downward elimination of urine, flatus, and child birth and menstruation blood.
Causes of Endometriosis
The exact cause of the occurrence of Endometriosis is not known. However, some of the apparent causes of this condition are:
- Retrograde menstruation (backflow of menstrual fluid)
- Hereditary factors
- Weak immune system
- Environmental toxins(such as dioxins)
- Hormonal imbalance leading to transformation of peritoneal cells
- Transformation of embryonic cells by hormones like estrogen
- Post-surgical complications in hysterectomy.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
Some of the common symptoms of Endometriosis include:
- Painful periods
- Pelvic cramps during periods
- Swollen abdomen
- Pain during/after sexual intercourse
- Painful bowel movements
- Painful urination
- Digestive problems (like diarrhoea, indigestion, etc)
- Excessive bleeding during (or in between) periods.
Based on these symptoms, it is advisable that affected women should immediately consult a doctor if they experience severe pain and cramps during periods, excessively heavy/irregular periods, and intolerably painful urination and bowel movements.
10 Highly Effective Home Remedies for Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition which generally starts getting better when menopause begins. However, for the women suffering from it, the severity of the condition can be controlled and the main symptoms of pain and infertility can be alleviated with the help of some effective home remedies.
The top 10 home remedies which can be very beneficial in managing Endometriosis are:
1. Hot and cold Sitz bath
One of the best home remedies recommended by Naturopathy practitioners for reducing Endometriosis symptoms is a contrast hot and cold Sitz bath. This remedy is very effective because the hot bath is helpful in reducing pain and cramps by relaxing the pelvic muscles, and the cold bath can alleviate pain by reducing inflammation.