she has what?
Saw this battle cry unanimous for all of us suffering from endometriosis.
Living with endometriosis means a lot of patience when dealing with scrutiny and misunderstanding from people. They’d ask me, what do you feel? And I often replied, “indescribable pain.”
So what is really the difference between a regular menstrual discomfort and endometriosis?
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In order to understand completely one’s affliction is to have one. Pondering through the imponderable – a condition that is widely misunderstood and how to live above “it.” The dilemmas we endo-sufferers usually encounter are finding the best and sympathetic doctors, accurate diagnosis that will not take years, and having the right treatment/managements. It all begins with understanding this condition.
Endometriosis is an ailment while menstrual pain is merely a symptom, an indication.
Menstrual cramps last about two days only while in Endometriosis, it can be everyday or intermittent. Cramps can be considered normal if it’s not disabling and severe.
It would be best to see your doctor if your menstruation starts to feel odd, irregular and or extremely painful.
I’m currently writing this post prior to an endometrial procedure. Yeah a bit worried, but I’m placing everything in God’s hands. The thing with endometriosis is that you can never be complacent, even in the absence of pain, one has to continuously see a doctor and a regular check-up/diagnostic test is crucial. There’s no other way to monitor our condition but through periodical ultrasound.
I always feel the need to reach out to my fellow 176 million endo-sisters worldwide through writing and sharing my journey. Hope is definitely a powerful driving force that renders us strength and courage especially in this trying times.
Tried some supplements to alleviate its symptoms and help my body counteract the side-effects of taking various pharmaceutically made hormones. Sharing in the post herbal supplements for Endometriosis.
This blog aims to help endo-sufferers find hope, ease symptoms, prevent avoidable complications and to spread awareness and understanding of their families and friends.
As promised, the following are the supplements I’ve been taking to alleviate symptoms and perhaps improve health. They’re either recommended or result of extensive research. Endo-sufferers may acquire some benefits from taking one of these supplements.
Ashwagandha (withania somniferia)
– may rhyme to that of black panther’s beloved homeland. It is an Indian herb and known to be a potent Ayurvedic medicine with many healthy benefits. Read previous post – The anti-stress Adaptogens
– Used for more than 2500 years, it is known as the “strength of the stallion” because it is traditionally used to strengthen the immune system and also referred to as the Indian Ginseng. I take this in capsule form since it is more practical than consuming it as food.
– became my instant favorite fruit/supplement. And here’s why; helps improve immune function, decreased blood pressure, high in vitamins C, A and K, prevent cancer, lower risk of Urinary Tract Infection aaand half a cup comtains only 25 calories. I usually add it in baking oatmeal cookies or drink store-bought organic cranberry juice. Also a great healthy snack as trail mix – combine with nuts like almonds, pistachios or hazelnuts, oats and other dried fruits.
Chasteberry (vitex agnus-cactus)
– This herb provides a precise indication which is to ease Endometriosis symptoms. A Mediterranean and Central Asia native, this tiny berry (as small as peppercorns) alleviates PMS (Pre-menstrual syndrome) symptoms, increase lactation, and treat menstrual symptoms while balancing hormones. It’s said, that effect will take months to be noticeable.
– perhaps, a separate post is needed for the advantages of taking chasteberry/vitex.
Evening primrose Oil
– from the seed of primrose hence the name, used by pregnant women to prevent high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia), shorten labor and prevent late deliveries. It is also used for PMS, breast pain, and most importantly endometriosis.
– Essential fatty acids are necessary in bodily functions but our bodies can’t produce them. Evening primrose oil contains “essential fatty acids” which is the building block for cell membranes and other hormones. Essential fatty acids also seem to help decrease inflammation related to conditions such as arthritis and eczema.
– I discovered this in tea bags from a local herb store while buying other supplements I mentioned above. This tastes so good and has many health benefits, too. It boosts fertility in women, aids the immune system, protects the heart, supports faster metabolism (ooh, I like!) and regulates hormones.
– the tea is made from dried raspberry leaves and has a bunch of vitamins and antioxidants, including vitamins B, C, & E, potassium, iron and magnesium. So this tea, aside from its health benefits on women is also good for men and their cardiovascular health. Like peppermint, this tea is beneficial for those suffering from cold, flu, psoriasis, eczema, acne, obesity, indigestion and constipation.
– yes, one of my favourites in the list and will also make a separate detailed post on this. Alongside chlorella, is the most talked about superfoods because of its powerful nutrition-packed profile. Believed to boost the immune system and detoxes heavy metals (especially arsenic), prevents cancer, reduces bad cholesterol and lowers blood pressure.
Taking these supplements may require more validation by research and studies, but it has proven to be helpful in my case. There’s no harm in trying, in fact nature is the best physician. We might as well believe in these herbs God has blessed us, to help us and ease our sufferings.
“nature itself, is the best physician.”
Adaptogen (plural – adaptogens)
- herbal medicine
- a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and used to improve the health of adrenal and immune systems.
Nowadays it’s so easy to get stressed, ‘stressors’ are everywhere. The main cause why our bodies release stress hormones like cortisol and the side effects? too many to mention… Coffee and sugar become momentarily cures and quick fix. Fortunately, nature has the answer – and these are the adaptogens, natural herb that help our bodies adapt to stress and resist fatigue.
Long before pharmaceuticals began producing drugs, adaptogens have been used in Chinese and Ayuverdic medicine for centuries. They are proven safe for long term use. Phytotherapy refers to the use of plants for their healing abilities. And adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants. They help balance, restore and protect the body.
the Fab four Adaptogens
- Maca – is like turnip, and an adaptogen from the highlands of Peru. The highly nutritious root has been a staple of Andean cuisine for thousand of years.
- Moringa – known here in the Philippines as “malunggay” and the leaves are added in soup and other dishes. Moringa leaves are used to treat high blood pressure, improve digestion, regulate blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Consumption of leaves are recommended foe nursing mothers to enhance milk production. And also given to children to get rid of intestinal worms.
- Ginseng – the most well known adaptogen. The roots of the plant “Panax” ginseng are the medicinally valued part of Asian ginseng. It is extensively used in Chinese medicine for treating all kinds of ailments.
- Ashwagandha – often referred to as the Indian ginseng. It is a medicinal plant widely used in the ancient Ayuverdic medicine. It regulates the immune system and eases anxiety.
for sharing purposes only, I’m not selling these herbs 🙂 I’m taking some of the herbs mentioned above that made me feature this topic, hope this helps.