Endometriosis is a painful condition in which the tissue of the endometrium (the lining of a woman’s uterus) migrates and implants itself on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterine ligaments, bladder and the area between the vagina and the rectum. This misplaced tissue bleeds in a manner similar to the uterine cells inside the uterus during the menstrual cycle, and causes pain and discomfort.
Symptoms may go undetected, which is why the condition is often difficult to diagnose. And when the symptoms appear, they often occur in the form of chronic pelvic and menstrual pain, bloating, menstrual problems and difficulty in conceiving.
A result of a hormonal imbalance, whether it’s excess estrogen, too little progesterone or untimely metabolism of both the hormones by the liver, endometriosis affects about five million American women belonging to the 30 to 40 age group, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
While conventional treatment focuses only on managing the symptoms of the condition, Ayurveda can treat the condition from within by correcting the hormonal imbalances and stimulating the liver.
Yarrow For Endometriosis
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), also known as Milfoil, is an inexpensive weed with multiple health benefits. It has been used traditionally to treat painful menstrual cramps due to its anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.
A known uterine tonic, yarrow improves the overall uterine tone, promotes circulation and assists the liver in metabolizing the body’s hormones. Endometriosis is accompanied with pelvic congestion or stagnation and can interfere with fertility. Yarrow aids in improving circulation to the reproductive organs, which not only reduce pain, but also pacifies any congestion in the pelvic region.
How To Take It
- Make a healing cup of tea by boiling 1tsp dried leaves (or yarrow flowers) in one cup of water. Simmer for 10 minutes and drink once cool. You can take this three times daily.
- When endometriosis pain strikes at an unknown hour, treat it naturally with a yarrow compress. For the compress, follow the same instructions to make the tea and take two tablespoon of it in a bowl. Dip a cotton cloth in the liquid so that it soaks enough.Wring it gently and then place this on your pelvic region. Let it sit for seven to 10 minutes.
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