Endometriosis is a condition that affects some 10 percent of women around the world and is characterized by thickening of the tissues of the uterus, which may lead to development of symptoms such as painful menstruation, heavy bleeding, and pain during intercourse and bowel movements, and in worse cases, infertility.
Hormonal therapies and drugs are often recommended to women suffering from this condition; however, some herbal remedies could also be useful in dealing with the symptoms associated with endometriosis.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the best herbs that can deal with this condition.
Alfalfa is often taken as a tonic, and is believed to improve energy levels and general health. Rich in vitamin K, this herb is one of the best natural herbs that can deal with endometriosis.
The extracts of alfalfa are believed to have impressive anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, and when coupled with vitamin K, it can reduce blood clotting and speed up healing.
Alfalfa is also a rich source of iron- an important mineral that helps prevent anemia.
Consumption of this herb is thought to be useful in not just dealing with endometriosis but also many disorders of the bones and joints including arthritis and even ulcers. The sprouted seeds of this plant, leaves and petals are commonly used in herbal medicine.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Red raspberry leaf is rich in tannins and other important antioxidants and minerals like vitamin A, B and C, which makes it a wonderful natural remedy that is effective in fighting free radical damage to the body. The extracts of this herb are thought to encourage the uterus to relax, and is one of the mildest natural remedies when it comes to dealing with endometriosis and its associated symptoms. The extracts of this herb are thought to shorten lengthy periods- up to 4500 mg of this herb taken in a day can provide relief from symptoms associated with endometriosis.
The symptoms associated with endometriosis tend to get severe when the body produces a lot of estrogen and lacks out on the production of the hormone progesterone. Taking the extracts of chasteberry is thought to stimulate the production of progesterone in the body and balance the production of other hormones. The reason why chasteberry extracts are one of the most common herbal remedies prescribed to deal with endometriosis is the fact that it contains flavonoids, fatty oils, volatile oils and glycosides- all of which play a role in improving overall health. Around 250 mg of chasteberry extracts are thought to be effective in dealing with the symptoms associated with endometriosis.
Wild yam extracts are thought to be among the best natural and herbal remedies that can be used to deal with endometriosis and other problems associated with hormonal imbalance. The extracts of this herb are thought to metabolize fats and proteins, and encourages the body to maintain normal hormonal function, which thereby reduces abnormal cell growth, and cuts down the risk of endometriosis.
Wild yam extracts may, in turn, also play a role in boosting fertility and increasing libido, and providing relief from menstrual cramps. Around 810 mg of wild yam extract is thought to be effective in preventing endometriosis.
Dong quai is a popular Chinese herb, and is thought to be wonderfully effective in dealing with symptoms associated with endometriosis. The extracts of this herb can be particularly be useful in tackling menopausal symptoms and other conditions such as irregular periods, premenstrual syndrome etc.
Dong quai is also known to possess valuable anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and is thought to relax the uterus by balancing the production of hormones and improving blood circulation. Around 565 mg of this herb, taken twice a day, is thought to be a good remedy for those suffering from endometriosis.
Many other herbs are thought to be effective in dealing with the symptoms associated with endometriosis; however, there is no evidence or validity of their effectiveness, as most of them are not backed up by any study or research.
• Milk thistle
• Broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts and bok choy
• Cauliflower, cabbage and fatty fish like mackerel, salmon, tuna and anchovies