By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND

The second leading cause of hysterectornies, endometriosis involves the growth of estrogen-sensitive uterine lining tissue outside of the uterus. This tissue sheds and bleeds with the monthly cycle and can lead to scarring and infertility. It can cause painful periods, pelvic pain, bowel disturbances and cramps.

Because of its relationship to the monthly cycle, problems with endometriosis naturally end with menopause.

As with uterine fibroids, a good place to start with natural therapy for endomerriosis is to reduce overload of xenoestrogens by avoiding them and enhancing liver detoxification.

False unicorn, which down-regulates estrogen and up-regulates progesterone is also helpful for endomerriosis. Also consider black cohosh or Wild Yam & Chaste Tree for hormone regulation.

Because it targets abnormal cell growth, Paw Paw Cell reg has been helpful for some women in getting rid of the uterine tissue growing outside of the uterus. It can be taken with IF-C to reduce inflammation and pain. lf there is cramping, antispasmodic remedies such as Cramp Relief and/or Lobelia Essence may be helpful. Surgery may be necessary in some cases.

If either fibroids or endometriosis have caused anemia due to blood loss, consider taking I-X or Chinese Blood Stimulator.