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Homeopathy has considerable scope in treating endometriosis

Endometriosis means growth of endometrium or endometrium-like tissue outside the uterus (extra-endometrial sites). Endometrial cells are normally shed each month during menstruation. Due to various reasons these cells attach themselves on site outside uterus and physiologically become active like normal endometrium.



Endometriosis
Common sites of Endometriosis..
On ovaries
Fallopian tubes
Pelvic side-wall (peritoneum)
Utero-sacral ligaments,
Cul-de-sac,
Pouch of Douglas
Recto-vaginal septum

In addition, endometrial tissue can be found in..
Caesarian-section scars
Laparoscopy/laparotomy scars
Bladder
Intestines, colon, appendix and rectum
Endometriosis is often found in the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. It can also be found attached to the bowel or bladder.

Endometriosis affects women in their reproductive years. Most cases of endometriosis are diagnosed in women aged around 25-35 years. Endometriosis is rare in postmenopausal women.
The exact prevalence of endometriosis is not known, since many women may have the condition and have no symptoms.

The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain of endometriosis may or may not co-relate with endometriosis. It is severe and distressing to affect their lives in significant ways.

It can also cause scar tissue and adhesions to develop that can change normal anatomy of organs. In advanced stages, internal organs may fuse together, causing a rare condition known as a “frozen pelvis.” It is also related as possible cause to infertility in many women.

Causes

The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown. However, it is related to excessive levels of oestrogen. There may be a combination of factors, which make some women develop endometriosis.
Metaplasia: It means to change from one normal type of tissue to another normal type of tissue. It has been proposed by some that endometrial tissue has the ability in some cases to replace other types of tissues outside the uterus.

Retrograde menstruation: This theory proposes menstrual blood flow in reverse direction through fallopian tubes into pelvic cavity. This leads to transmission of endometrial cells to various sites leading to endometriosis.

Surgeries: It is also likely that direct transfer of endometrial tissues during surgery may be responsible for the endometriosis implants sometimes seen in surgical scars (e.g. episiotomy or Cesarean section scars).

Genetic disposition: It has been demonstrated that first-degree relatives of women with this disease are more likely to develop endometriosis. And when there is a hereditary link, the disease tends to be worse in the next generation.

Lymphatic or vascular distribution: Endometrial fragments may travel through blood vessels or the lymphatic system to other parts of the body. This may explain how endometriosis ends up in distant sites, such as the lung, brain, skin, or eye.

Immune system dysfunction: Some women with endometriosis appear to display certain immunologic defects or dysfunctions.
Stages of Endometriosis
Stage I - Minimal Stage
Stage 2 - Mild Stage
Stage 3 - Moderate Stage
Stage 4 - Severe Stage


Stages of Endometriosis

Symptoms
The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain often correlates to the menstrual cycle; however a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain at other times during her monthly cycle. This severe pain makes it difficult to carry out daily routine work in affected women.

Pain may be felt..
before/during/after menstruation
during ovulation
in the bowel during menstruation
when passing urine
during or after intercourse
in the lower back region
Other symptoms include..
diarrhoea or constipation (related with menses)
abdominal bloating (related with menses)
heavy or irregular bleeding
blood in urine
fatigue
Complications
Infertility: It is estimated that 30-40% of women with endometriosis are subfertile. It can be one of the reasons for infertility for otherwise healthy couples. During laparoscopic examinations, endometrial implants can be found in some of infertility patients, many of whom may not have painful symptoms of endometriosis.
The presence of endometriosis within the pelvis may distort normal anatomical structures, such as Fallopian tubes, which transport the eggs from the ovaries. It may affect fertility through the production of hormones and other substances that have a negative effect on ovulation, fertilization of the egg, and/or implantation of the embryo.

Chronic pelvic pain
Rupture of endometriomas -cysts of endometriosis in pelvis cavity
Epithelial ovarian cancer
Women with endometriosis seem to have a mildly increased risk for development of certain types of cancer of the ovary, known as epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC).
Diagnosis

Today there is no simple test that can be used to diagnose endometriosis, which may be why there is a diagnostic delay. Complete medical and gynecological history is necessary to co-relate and lead to investigations.
Rectovaginal examination- not very conclusive
Imaging studies - ultrasound, can be helpful in ruling out other pelvic diseases and may suggest the presence of endometriosis in the vaginal and bladder areas, but not specific to diagnose endometriosis.
The only reliable way to definitively diagnose endometriosis is by performing a laparoscopy and to take a biopsy of the tissue; which is “the gold standard”.
Treatment
Treatment depends on the factors like Age, severity of symptoms or disease and whether patient desires to have children in future, etc.
Medications to control pain
Hormone medications, e.g. oral contraceptive pills containing estrogen and progesterone to stop the endometriosis from getting worse. But these have its side effects like weight gain, depression, hot flushes, etc.
Surgery to remove the areas of endometriosis or the entire uterus and ovaries.

Role of Homeopathy
Homeopathy has considerable scope in treating endometriosis symptoms. Regular Homeopathic treatment gives relief from distressing symptoms like menstrual pain, lumbago, etc. Acute homeopathic medicines are selected based upon acute totality of symptoms.

The homeopathic medicines are selected according to the detailed history of endometriosis and characteristic symptoms found in the patient.

This medicine will give relief from pain and menstrual complaints. The homeopathic treatment of disorders is curative in many cases, not just palliative or suppressive.

Homeopathic medicines are administered after taking into account the entire picture of the episode i.e. all the signs and symptoms present, the triggering factor/s, aggravating and ameliorating factors, the character of pain, stool-color, consistency and appearance of other accompanying symptoms like changes in thirst, appetite, and mental state etc.

Homoeopathic medicines work effectively in all age groups. Homoeopathic medicines are safe, gentle and effective to give relief in harmless way.

Homoeopathic medicines reduce the severity and recurrence of complaints; it also improves overall health of patient.

They are most palatable medicines and easy to administer. Still patient should not do self-medication and take medicines after consulting a homoeopathic physician.Thus homeopathy offers alternative solutions in treating endometriosis.

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Basil Wellness
Understanding Your Health
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replied April 2nd, 2013
can you recomend any specifc medicines for acute endometriosis for a woman of 44yrs with 2 children. she is suffering from severe pain and heavy bleeding
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