There are many great herbs and nutrition tips for endometriosis. Endometrial tissue grows in the presence of estrogen, so balancing estrogen and progesterone is the foundation of treatment, with a bit of immune and pelvic circulation support. I recommend a hormone test to measure the estrogen and progesterone levels, specifically the 24 hr. urine hormone test. An immune work up may also be indicated, including testing for auto-immunity.
Increase liver clearance of estrogen:
- eat at least one large serving a day of brassica family (broccoli etc) or supplement with DIM 2 x day
- calcium d glucurate 500 mg 2 x day
- freshly ground flax seeds 2 tbsp daily
- B6 250 mg/ day
- herbs to support phase 2 detox of the liver- milk thistle, rosemary, schizandra (I like medi-herb liv-co)
Reduce estrogen exposure from environment:
- organic food and pure water (pesticides and conventional animal products may contain synthetic estrogens)
- no birth control pills
- natural cleaners/ cosmetics
- natural feminine hygiene products
Support progesterone production with vitex herb or bio-identical progesterone cream (use hormone creams only after testing) as progesterone balances estrogen.
Anti inflammatory support for the uterus (curcumin, boswellia, fish oils, neural therapy)
Uterine Tonic Herbs like Dong Quai. Taken at least the week before menses can reduce pain and endometrial inflammation as Dong Quai is an antispasmotic, and helps with circulation to the pelvis and moves blood stagnation. This herb combines nicely with Calendula for healing and lymphatic support.
Adrenal Support especially for those under a lot of stress
Food allergy testing or elimination diet can help reduce inflammation and pain. Wheat and dairy are the biggest offenders, and removing them often decreases symptoms.
If excess bleeding is present use herbs to reduce bleeding, and test for hemoglobin and ferritin status
Treat candida if present as there is an association with candida and endo