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How Do I Choose the Best Herbal Treatment for Endometriosis?

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Many women who are diagnosed with endometriosis search for herbal remedies to relieve some of the symptoms associated with this disorder, and it may take a bit of trial and error to find the supplement or combination of supplements that works best for an individual situation. Before choosing an herbal treatment for endometriosis, a doctor should be consulted to make sure there are no contraindications, as some herbs do not interact well with other medications. Some of the most common herbs used in the treatment of endometriosis include dong quai, chasteberry, and valerian root. Additional herbal treatments may include evening primrose oil and motherwort.

Dong quai is a popular herbal treatment for endometriosis. This herb may help to reduce the pain and excessive bleeding associated with this condition and is also thought to help regulate the hormonal balance of the body. Often combined with other herbs in order to achieve optimal results, dong quai is thought to also work well when used alone. Possible side effects of dong quai include stomach upset, sun sensitivity, and blood clotting disorders.

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Chasteberry is frequently used as an herbal treatment for endometriosis due to its effects as a natural muscle relaxant. The use of this supplement may prevent uterine cramping and promote fertility. The most common chasteberry side effects include nausea, headachse, and skin irritation. Valerian root is another common herbal treatment for endometriosis and is reputed to relax muscles and relieve anxiety. Vivid dreams, headaches, and excessive drowsiness are possible side effects of valerian root.

Evening primrose oil contains anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat menstrual discomfort, making it a natural choice as an herbal treatment for endometriosis. Those who have bleeding disorders or who are scheduled for surgery should avoid the use of this supplement, as it may cause excessive bleeding. This herb is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding due to possible health risks for the baby.

Motherwort has been used for centuries to treat menstrual disorders and may be an effective herbal treatment for endometriosis. Believed to help regulate the menstrual cycle, motherwort may increase the risks of miscarriage when used by women who are pregnant. Over-the-counter or prescription medications may not work effectively when combined with some herbal supplements, so it is important to consult a doctor before beginning herbal treatment for endometriosis. While using an herbal treatment for endometriosis may be beneficial for many women, this method of treatment should not be used as a replacement for proper medical care.

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donasmrs
Post 3

I'm skeptical about herbal treatments for endometriosis. I believe that having a healthy diet, exercising moderately and staying away from stress as much as possible is important. But aside from this, I don't think herbs are going to treat a serious condition like endometriosis. I wish there was some miracle herb that I could take and be freed of it. But that's not how it works.

I have stage four endometriosis. I've had two laparoscopies and I'm on birth control pills right now. I'm probably going to need a hysterectomy soon.

SteamLouis
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@feruze-- I have not tried Chinese medicine. If you decide to try it though, I would love to hear about your experiences.

I take something called Ashwaghandha, or Indian ginseng. Ashwaghandha helps with endometriosis by reducing stress and cortisol hormone. Cortisol is believed to cause hormone imbalances.

I started taking it several weeks ago, so I'm not sure if it's helping yet but I do feel less anxious than usual.

bear78
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I want to try Chinese herbs for endometriosis. I've heard very good things about Chinese medicine and I'm tired of being on hormone therapy and pain relievers. Has anyone tried Chinese herbs? Were they effective?

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