Updated: Aug 2
Endometriosis is a chronic disease that affects many women, characterized by the presence of endometrial tissue that grows outside the uterus. This tissue growth occurs in various parts of the body, such as in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and even in the intestines or bladder. Endometriosis affects approximately 10% of reproductive-aged women and is the leading cause of infertility.
The conventional treatments for endometriosis include surgical removal of the endometrial tissue and hormonal therapies, which aim to suppress the growth of this tissue. However, acupuncture has become a popular alternative or complementary treatment option for women experiencing endometriosis pain.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that involves inserting thin needles into specific points around the body. It aims to balance energy flow, or qi, which may be disrupted, causing illness or pain. Acupuncture treatments for endometriosis typically involve several sessions, each lasting 45-60 minutes, which can be performed in a clinical setting by a well-trained practitioner.
Several studies have shown that acupuncture can provide pain relief and improve the quality of life in women with endometriosis. A 2018 systematic review and meta-analysis of six randomized controlled trials concluded that acupuncture was significantly more effective than sham acupuncture or no treatment in reducing endometriosis pain intensity and improving quality of life. Additionally, acupuncture has been found to have a longer-lasting effect on pain relief than conventional medical treatment options, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Moreover, acupuncture has been found to regulate the menstrual cycle and reproductive hormones, which could potentially improve fertility in women with endometriosis. A 2019 systematic review and meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials found that acupuncture could help regulate menstrual cycles and reduce inflammation, which could improve pregnancy outcomes in women with endometriosis.
Acupuncture is a promising alternative or complementary treatment option for women with endometriosis who experience pain and other related symptoms. While further research is necessary to fully understand how acupuncture works and its long-term effects, it presents a low-risk and effective option for improving quality of life and potentially improving fertility outcomes for women with endometriosis. However, it's important to note that acupuncture should always be performed by a licensed and trained practitioner. After treatments, one may feel relaxed, energized, and rejuvenated. It is important to communicate with your practitioner about your experience to ensure you receive the maximum benefits from these treatments. Click the button below and book a complementary 15-minute consultation at Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington. Lets's discuss if acupuncture is the right thing for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post with others. If you have any questions or concerns check out Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find this help to answer most people's questions, and or please leave a comment below.