Endometriosis is the presence of endometrial tissue located outside of the uterine cavity. Most often, it is located on the ovaries but can also be found on any of the organs in the pelvic area.
It leads to inflammation of the reproductive organs and causes pelvic pain, painful periods, and infertility. Additionally, scar tissue in the pelvis can also occur.
For patients who struggle with endometriosis and are trying to conceive, western medicine may not be useful because many suppress ovulation which prevents pregnancy.
Additionally, most reproductive endocrinologists don’t recommend surgery prior to IVF unless the patient suffers from advanced endometriosis.
Chinese medicine views Endometriosis as a weakness of Qi, or a deficiency in the immune system, which makes it more likely to develop endometriosis.
While Chinese medicine doesn’t claim to cure endometriosis, it does show a history of providing significant relief and increasing the probability of conception.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine address the inflammation associated with autoimmune reactions as well as clearing the stagnant blood from the abdomen.
A study indicates that Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan reduces specific uterine IgM levels and clear the toxins. Some other herbs can also improve vital energy such as Kidney Yang and Spleen Qi. Strong Qi in the pelvic region will move the menstrual debris that shouldn’t be there and will allow it to be destroyed by a now functioning immune system.