Some common ways to manage your body pain are receiving physical therapies or taking medications. However, sometimes you get curious about other types of therapy that can potentially help relieve your pain.

You may wonder if there are any treatment options that function alongside your current physician-ordered treatment? The answer is yes.

There are many pain relief treatment options that have been investigated by extensive research, and one of which is acupuncture.

Acupuncture and endometriosis have after a clinical trial been proven to be a good fit. Acupuncture can help relieve the pain related to endometriosis. More on this clinical trial later in the article.

But first,

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a therapeutic maneuver in which specific spots on your body are stimulated. This is achieved by inserting fine needles through your skin, sometimes accompanied by heat, pressure or laser technologies.

Acupuncture is considered as an essential component of Traditional Chinese medicine and has been practiced since ancient Chinese eras. It is the union of ancient elements and modern renovated practices.

Endometriosis Natural Treatment with Acupuncture

Endometriosis-related pain:Endometriosis is a disorder in which the tissue lining of your uterus, the endometrium, grows at locations other than the inside of your uterus, for example, ovaries, fallopian tubes, or even the pelvic lining.

This abnormal dislocation of endometrium often causes pelvic pain, which can be experienced before or during your menstrual period, urination or bowel movements. Sometimes the pelvic pain may trigger other pains such as abdominal pain or lower back pain.

Based on the research data, there are 6.5 million U.S. endometriosis cases per year. This is considered common. If unfortunately, you are having pains associated with endometriosis, acupuncture is an option to manage your pain.

3 Ways Acupuncture Can Help Endometriosis Pain

A clinical trial has shown that acupuncture helps to alleviate your endometriosis pain in three ways.

  1. Acupuncture can increase your physical tolerance to pain. It helps to activate analgesic (or painkiller) mechanisms in your brain.
  2. Acupuncture can suppress a hormone called oestradiol. Oestradiol is the hormone that supports endometrium growth. If the serum oestradiol level is suppressed by acupuncture, endometrium would not grow excessively at abnormal locations outside of the uterus and thus pain will be reduced.
  3. Acupuncture can improve our immunity, or body’s defense and reaction to abnormal cell growths, injuries, and infections. Acupuncture does so by enhancing the function of a type of immune cell called natural killer cells (NK cells). NK cells act by limiting the spread of fast-growing abnormal cells, and they can also limit tissue damage. When the strength of NK cells is enhanced, they can be more able to interact with abnormal endometrium, therefore alleviating pain.

 

If you are suffering from endometriosis and are looking for a natural treatment alternative, acupuncture might be a good option for you. If you decide to give acupuncture a try make sure to use an acupuncturist that is well-trained and experienced.

Always consult your doctor to see what treatment is right for you and your needs. 

Sources:

Pubmed link (Acupuncture & endometriosis clinical trial): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5659600/

Mayo clinic link (Endometriosis): https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases- conditions/endometriosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354656

Pubmed link (Natural killer cells): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18425107

Womenshealth.gov link (Endometriosis epidemiology): https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/endometriosis

Acupuncture: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction#hed2