Endometriosis is a medical condition in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows in other places such as around the ovaries, bowel, or around the hip. In rare cases, endometrial tissue may grow beyond the pelvic area. This condition can be very painful. The main symptom is pelvic pain during menstrual periods. Pain during intercourse may be present, as well as during a bowel movement or even during urination. Other signs of this condition include excessive bleeding and infertility. Many turn to medical procedures and treatments such as hormone therapy or surgery to treat this condition, although some find pain relief through acupuncture.
Many women with endometriosis who wish to become pregnant but suffered infertility as a result of the condition rather than turning to acupuncture treatment of certain drugs and surgery. Drugs to treat these conditions can affect the ovaries, and while surgery can remove endometrial tissue, may recur in the future. Acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments may help in alleviating this condition. One study published in late 2002 in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine notes that of 67 women with painful periods due to endometriosis, half were given ear acupuncture as a treatment, and 81% noted less painful periods after treatment.
So why acupuncture works? Experts do not fully understand why acupuncture works, but some speculate that it could have something to do with blood circulation promotion and regulation of the endocrine system, which involve hormones. Many couples who found success through acupuncture, and hear the success stories of others can inspire some couples or individuals to provide acupuncture to try to overcome infertility or endometriosis, or both.
A woman, whose story presented in Endo-Resolved.com, notes success through acupuncture after four laparoscopic surgery over a period of four years. "He's been treating me for endometriosis to slightly more than 3 months and I am really sick of this free September will be one year since my last surgery and! I'll celebrate It! As a relief to get out of the constant pain, but even more relieved that I can resume my life. "