Acupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine for EndometriosisAcupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine for Endometriosis

Because endometriosis is found outside the uterus it has no way to shed from the body on a monthly basis. Therefore, it can turn into lesions or growths that swell and become inflamed causing internal bleeding as well as a breaking down of the blood and tissue within the lesion.

Traditional medicine uses pharmaceutical remedies, hormone therapy and sometimes surgery to combat this chronic affliction. Medical science has a variety of theories for the causes of endometriosis including: retrograde menstruation (menstrual tissue backs up into the fallopian tubes and grows), lymph distribution, accidental surgical implantation and even the possibility of leftover, cellular, personal embryonic tissue that over time develops into endometriosis.

Integrative Med Solution (IMS) uses naturopathic medicine and Classical Chinese medicine including acupuncture to approach this condition from a different angle. It studies the possibility of blood stasis (sluggish circulation, etc.); Qi stagnation (Qi is considered ‘life force’ energy and is pronounced, “chee”), adrenal, kidney and/or pancrease deficiency and other hot and cold patterns that need re-adjusting.

Acupuncture: Points Combined with Classical Chinese Medicine for Endometriosis
A 2002 study from The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (IMS practices Classical Chinese Medicine which is a more detailed and effective therapy) states that half of sixty-seven women experiencing dysmenorrheal (painful periods) as a result of endometriosis were administered ear acupuncture for pain. Eighty-one percent reported experiencing less pain after the acupuncture treatments. The combination of acupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine has shown great promise in the relief and healing of endometriosis. Dr. Lisanti, licensed acupuncturist and naturopathic doctor, concentrates on specific points associated with tonifying some of the stagnant energy mentioned above. In addition other points may be manipulated to reduce pain and discomfort. These points may include: Stomach 36 located on the front of the shin below the outside knee; Spleen 6 above the inside ankle; Spleen 9 inside lower leg just below the back of the knee, Large Intestine 11 almost on the thumb side, lower arm, elbow crease and Liver 3 on the dorsum (top) of the foot in the depression proximal to the first metatarsal space.

Botanical and Classical Chinese Medicine
IMS may recommend Chinese and other botanical herbs to assist acupuncture treatments. According to a study out of Shanghai, researchers concluded that, “Chinese herbal medicine could modulate the immunologic disturbance in women with endometriosis, and could clearly improve clinical symptoms and signs.” Some herbs Dr. Lisanti may use to quell these chronic symptoms may involve rhubarb, turtle shell, sparganium, myrrh and frankincense. Even more can be used including dong quai, angelica, peony, notoginseng and poria.

Clinical Nutrition: Eating to Reduce Inflammation
Because endometriosis is highly irritating to the system creating painful inflammation IMS has formulated an individual clinical nutrition program according to your history and discomfort. This involves reducing processed foods and sugars while replacing them with live plant based foods that naturally encourage the body to heal itself.

Let Dr. Lisanti evaluate the best approach to your endometriosis challenge. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you.  In many cases, insurance covers portions of the treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.

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