Acupuncture & Herbs for Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition where the layer of tissue that normally covers the inside of the uterus  (the endometrium)  grows outside the uterus. It most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Endometriosis does not necessarily cause infertility but is more common in women who are experiencing infertility.

A range of symptoms are experienced with the condition most often in the time before, during or after your period. Common symptoms include:

  • Pelvic pain which can be severe during menstruation.

  • Painful bowel movements or urination

  • Infertility

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Painful intercourse

Other Symptoms can include constipation, fatigue, nausea, bloating and diarrhea, often experienced during menstruation.

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Researchers from Nanjing Traditional Chinese Medicine University and Haian Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital find acupuncture combined with herbs effective for the alleviation of endometriosis.

In a six month clinical trial two patient groups were compared.  One group received Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbs) and the other group received mifepristone (This is a synthetic steroid that inhibits progesterone action and is often  used for the treatment endometriosis

The Results
The total treatment effective rate for the acupuncture plus herbs group was 90.00%. Mifepristone produced an 86.67% total treatment effective rate. Acupuncture and herbs produced clinically equivalent results as that of mifepristone.



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