Chinese Herbs For Endometriosis
Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) may relieve symptoms in the treatment of endometriosis. Women had comparable benefits following laparoscopic surgery and suffered fewer adverse effects if they were given Chinese herbs compared with conventional drug treatments, according to a review by Cochrane Researchers.
Endometriosis is a gynecological disorder affecting as many as one in six women of reproductive age. It can cause pelvic pain, irregular and painful periods and infertility. Surgical treatments do not always lead to long-term improvement in symptoms and drug treatments can have unpleasant side effects such as acne and weight gain.
The review included two trials of CHM for treatment of endometriosis, which together included a total of 158 women. In one trial, CHM provided symptomatic relief comparable to that provided by the hormonal drug gestrinone, but with fewer side effects. In the other trial, CHM was more effective than the hormonal drug danazol, and also resulted in fewer side effects.
“These findings suggest that Chinese herbs may be just as effective as certain conventional drug treatments for women suffering from endometriosis,” says lead researcher Andrew Flower of the Complementary Medicine Research Unit at the University of Southampton.
Health benefits of Chinese herbs:
• Stress reduction.
• Enhanced longevity.
• Strengthened immune system.
• Reduced blood pressure.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture and herbal medicine for the treatment of endometriosis as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.