Endometriosis Treatment Protocol By Masina Wright ND
- Increase water to a minimum of 2 Liters per day
- Eliminate caffeine as it interferes with the body’s natural metabolism and elimination of hormones. Methylxanthines in chocolate, coffee, pop and black tea are especially significant for breast and reproductive pain.
- Eliminate red meat, margarine, sandwich meats and hot dogs. Reduce or eliminate cow dairy although moderate amounts of goat and sheep cheese and yogurt are ok if dairy is well tolerated. These foods are the most common dietary sources of dioxins which mimic estrogen in the body. Elevated dioxins have been found to increase the severity and prevalence of endometriosis.
- Limit non-vegetarian proteins to twice per week. (chicken, turkey, fish, eggs.)
- Increase vegetarian protein sources to twice daily. (beans, lentil, tofu, tempeh, quinoa, nuts, nut butters, seeds, avocado.)
- Increase cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower, kale and brussel sprouts to one serving daily minimum.
- Use 2 tbsp ground flax seeds daily. Flax decreases circulating amounts of estrogen via the lectins and enhances elimination via its fiber content. Delicious with goat or sheep yogurt, fresh fruit and maple syrup.
- Thorne Multi B6 or Metagenics CorticoB5B6: 1 per day with food. B6 is necessary for the breakdown of estrogen by the liver and is a critical component of many enzyme and hormone reactions.
- Fish oil: 1 Tbsp daily or 3 capsules per day. Fish oil decreases inflammatory mediators in the body associated with endometrial pain. This may be alternated with Borage or Evening Primrose Oils days 15-30 to reduce the effects of estrogen and reduce symptoms of PMS.
- Probiotics: 2 capsules daily. Acidophilus and Bifidus are necessary for the cleaving of the estrogen molecule into excretable forms. They also decrease estrogen recycling in the intestines by limiting the growth of unhealthy bacteria.
- Pancreatic Enzymes: Taken between meals these decrease inflammation and resolve scar tissue associated with long term endometriosis.
Other Potential Supplement Options:
- Curcumin 95 by AOR: 3 capsules twice daily. Turmeric is a powerful anti inflammatory that can reduce inflammation associated with endometriosis.
- Moducare: provides immune system support to correct endometrial proliferation.
- Chinese Herbal Formulations – specific according to individual body type.
- 20-40 minutes of exercise 3 days a week. Can be yoga, pilates, dance, walking, biking or any other aerobic style exercise. Exercise decreases pain associated with endometriosis and improves the body’s natural detoxification pathways.
- Two minutes of deep breathing each morning. Deep belly breaths actually change the chemical composition of the blood enhancing a more alkaline (healthy) state. This enhances pain management and improves vitality.
- Castor oil packs twice per week. Rub a nickel sized of Castor oil over the liver area (under right breast to belly.) Take a hot bath, or cover with saran wrap or a plastic bag and rest for 30-45 minutes. Cover with a hot water bottle if heat feels good. Castor oil improves lymphatic circulation, Enhances detoxification and increased immunity.
- Switch to using only organic cotton pads and tampons and/or reusable menstrual cups. Restrict Tampon use as much as possible to promote an even blood flow.
Other Treatment Options:
Acupuncture is an important part an overall treatment plan to address monthly pain & reestablish overall menstrual health. Some people respond better to acupuncture than others; however it is always worth at least one series of six visits (one per week) to assess your body’s response to Chinese medicine.
Homeopathy may also be utilized to address the underlying constellation of mental, emotional, environmental and genetic factors that have contributed to your current state. It can be difficult to truly assess the multifaceted layers of each individual! This is why we may talk about your emotions, dreams, sleep, childhood, relationships and other aspects of health that don’t seem to have a direction impact on your reproductive system, in order to get a better understanding of your whole health picture.