Controlling Endometriosis Through Nutrition by anamaulida

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        <p>Endometriosis is when the cells that normally lines the inside
of the uterus, the endometrium, also grow elsewhere in the abdominal
cavity; such as the appendix, bladder and bowel, cervix, fallopian tubes
and cervix.<br><br>The affected areas respond to the hormonal changes
just as the regular lining of the uterus and may bleed in the same manner
as well as begin hurting 2 weeks before the bleeding from menstruation
begins. This bleeding causes pools of blood to form that are trapped and
unable to leave the body.<br><br>Eventually, cysts or scar tissue,
inflammation, and harm to tissues and organs can result. Many women fail
to seek medical help because they simply mistake the symptoms of the
disease for normal menstruation discomfort.<br><br>Symptoms include
abdominal or back pain, pelvic pain, pain in the rectum or bleeding,
painful intercourse, abnormal menstrual cycles, anxiety, bleeding between
periods, chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, depression, headaches, inability
to become pregnant, blood in urine during menstruation, frequent
urination, excessive flow during period, fever, nausea, vomiting and
constipation.<br><br>There is debate in the medical community over the
causes of endometriosis: whether endometriosis causes infertility or
whether delaying childbearing results in endometriosis. However, it tends
to run in families; often passed from mother to
daughter.<br><br>Recommendations outlined below may help to keep
endometriosis under control if it is diagnosed in the early
stages.<br><br>As with all nutritional supplements, they should only be
used in amounts typically recommended for nutritional purposes and you
should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you
are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
<br><br><strong>Nutritional Supplements:</strong><br><br>Vitamin B
Complex. Each B vitamin has a different role that makes it useful for
treating the symptoms of gynecologic problems. For instance - vitamin B6
is critical in the formation of hemoglobin and is useful in treating
anemia that may follow heavy bleeding. Vitamin B2 is involved in hormone
production. Together, the B vitamins maintain the health of the liver;
which helps regulate estrogen. Take as directed on label.<br><br>Vitamin
E supplements may reduce the production of certain prostaglandins,
hormone-like substances that promote inflammation and aids in hormonal
balance. Start with 400 IU daily and increase slowly to 1,000 IU
daily.<br><br>Calcium. Some nutrition researchers have theorized that
endometriosis is related to an inability to absorb calcium properly. Take
1,500 milligrams daily using chelate form.<br><br>Iron. A deficiency is
common in those with this disorder. Use ferrous fumarate form. DO NOT
take iron supplements unless anemia is diagnosed. Take as directed by
physician.<br><br>Magnesium is one of the most important dietary minerals
in the body and is present in large amounts in the liver, which helps
regulate estrogen. Use chelate form. Take 1,000 milligrams daily at
bedtime.<br><br><strong>Herbal Supplements:</strong><br><br>Flaxseed oil
contains two essential fatty acids that reduce symptoms associated with
endometriosis and menstrual problems. Take as directed on
label.<br><br>Wild Yam. The root of this vine contains an alkaloid that
relaxes the muscles of the abdomen. In addition, it contains anti-
inflammatory saponins. It is also believed to have progesterone-like
action, which may provide some mild pain relief.<br><br>Chaste berry
(aka: Vitex) is an herb that fortifies a women's reproductive system and
can help control endometriosis and alleviate some of its side effects. It
contains glycosides and flavonoids which are probably responsible for its
stimulating effects on the pituitary gland, which in turn, signals the
production of progesterone. Studies have shown that chaste berry helps to
normalize the balance of female hormones, especially when too much
estrogen is circulating. <br><br>Milk thistle is particularly effective
for balancing the female menstrual cycle and supporting liver
health.<br><br>Alfalfa is a good source of vitamin K, which is necessary
for blood clotting and healing. It is also a good source of needed
minerals, including iron.<br><br>Kelp supplies needed dietary
minerals.<br><br>Astragalus, garlic, goldenseal, myrrh gum, pau d'arco
and red clover have antibiotic and anti-tumor actions.<br><br>Burdock
root and red raspberry leaf help to balance hormones. <br><br>Siberian
ginseng can be used to treat some cases of endometriosis. Use capsules,
tablets or an extract according to the directions on the label. Be sure
to get a diagnosis and discuss treatment with your
doctor.<br><br>Stinging nettle is rich in iron.<br><br><a rel="nofollow"
onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackPageview',
'/outgoing/article_exit_link/4972186']);" href="http://www.age-
oldherbs.com/passionflower.php">Passion flower</a> relaxes the smooth
muscles that line the uterus making it helpful with controlling menstrual
discomfort and back pain associated with endometriosis.<br><br><a
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'/outgoing/article_exit_link/4972186']);" href="http://www.age-
oldherbs.com/blackcohosh.php">Black cohosh</a> dried root and rhizome
contain glycosides, isoflavones, isoferulic acid and tannins. This
powerful combination promotes menstruation, relaxes uterine muscle spasms
and relieves muscle related pain. Research indicates that black cohosh
has an estrogen-like action, so its health benefits may also be related
to a hormonal effect. DO NOT take if you are pregnant.<br><br><a
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'/outgoing/article_exit_link/4972186']);" href="http://www.age-
oldherbs.com/dongquai.php">Dong quai</a> has the abilities of maintaining
healthy menstrual cycles, especially useful in maintaining regular
periods and balanced estrogen levels. <br><br>Other herbs that may be
helpful in relieving menstrual discomforts include balm, chamomile,
dandelion, mint, rosemary, thyme, valerian and white willow.</p>
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