Endometriosis is a medical condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows in other places, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries or along the pelvis, bowl or abdomen.
During a woman's regular menstrual cycle, this tissue builds up and is shed if she does not become pregnant. Women with endometriosis develop tissue that looks and acts like endometrial tissue outside of the uterus, usually on other reproductive organs inside the pelvis or in the abdominal cavity.
Each month, this misplaced tissue responds to the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle by building up and breaking down just as the endometrium does, resulting in small bleeding inside of the pelvis. This leads to inflammation, swelling and scarring of the normal tissue surrounding the endometriosis implants.
When the ovary is involved, blood can become embedded in the normal ovarian tissue, forming a "blood blister" surrounded by a fibrous cyst, called an endometrioma. It can also can cause cysts, heavy periods, severe cramps.
What is the mind-body connection going on here?
One theory about the emotional component of endometriosis is that it may reflect — if even symbolically — a physical manifestation of putting others needs before your own.
The uterus, by design, exists to put another person’s needs first. The material of the womb, the endometrium, is the first maternal embrace an embryo receives. So it has been interpreted by some that when endometrial tissue grows outside the womb, it is the body’s attempt to mother a woman who isn’t mothering herself, who isn’t putting her own needs first. By creating a symptom you have no choice but to pay attention to, you must, necessarily, put your own needs first — and set aside that outward (overly) mothering behavior that leaves you feeling depleted.
It’s wonderful to care for others and support them in their lives, but when we do it in such a way that puts our own needs last on the list we can become depleted. We might feel frustrated, angry, resentful, or just plain stressed and exhausted by the practical requirements of living that life.
The expectations put on all women to be the care-providers, to put others first always, to do the “emotional labor” of supporting those around them can be oppressive.
Does this resonate with you? Do you ever feel like you’re keeping everyone else happy, stable, and cared-for, but that you’re not attending to your own needs and desires? Do you long for someone to take care of you? Are you angry with someone or a situation and unable or unwilling to let go of the past? Do you have the need to to control every little thing? Do you fear being pregnant on some level (this could be unconscious) carry fear about consequence of childbirth.
There’s a burning desire there for self-nurturance as well as connection with other women and community centred support.
These pressures can come out in the body and manifest as symptoms. The emotional theory of endometriosis is by no means the sole root cause of the disease, for every woman there will be a different underlying reason.
Your body is asking for your attention, not judgment. It’s not about right or wrong, good or bad, it’s sending a loud message it’s looking to re-connect in a healthier way.
Some other things that are happening in the body when someone has endometriosis include...
1. A weak immune system response
In women with endometriosis, the immune system fails to destroy the endometrial tissue that lands outside the uterus.
Reasons for a weak immune system can include;
- Living by the hormones of stress for extended periods of time
- High levels of acidity in the body caused by not eating enough alkaline rich food, also consistent negative thoughts cause acid in the body.
- External environmental factors
- Imbalance in masculine and feminine energy.
You know one of my favourite sayings – “do nothing, nothing changes.” When we start to stir things up and move the body toward ridding of illness to make way for wellness, often changes are seen.
2. Excess estrogen in the body!
Unfortunately, and simply by virtue of the world we live in today, excess estrogen in women (and many men) is more the norm than the exception. This overload of estrogen can fuel endometriosis in some women. There’s no set number that indicates estrogen dominance. It’s the amount of estrogen you have relative to your other sex hormones testosterone and Progesterone.
Inflammation, like estrogen excess, is driven by lifestyle. What we eat, what we think and the toxins we are exposed to (and how well our bodies can detox them) drive up inflammation and fuel endometriosis. When our immune system is suppressed inflammation goes up.
4. Imbalanced weak or Blocked Sacral Chakra
For endometriosis patients, a blockage will occur in the second chakra which corresponds to creativity, our creative reproductive centre, and sexuality. "Within you is a complete and highly intelligent energy system that governs your entire life. If there is a blockage in any of your chakras, your energy flow will be compromised" (Belinda Davidson) When energy to these areas are compromised they then manifest physically within us.
How can you help to ease and heal symptoms of Endometriosis?
- Try to eat a diet rich in Alkaline foods and drink plenty of filtered water
- Avoid all dairy products!!! It would be also beneficial to avoid gluten, processed foods, meat, sugars, alcohol and caffeine as the are acid forming food.
- Meditation It’s been proven that meditation increases your immune system, activates the body self healing ability and helps to balance your masculine a famine energy.
- Reiki Tapping into emotions and clearing pain energetically may not resonate with everyone however this gentle alternative to reducing pain associated with a chronic illness is worth considering.
- Castor oil packs help with overall circulation, promote ovarian, uterine and fallopian tube health, increase egg quality and have your lady parts all round happy! Because of their general promotion of circulation they are also considered detoxifying. Just don’t use during menstruation.
- Magnesium intake Women with endometriosis are often lacking in magnesium due to estrogen dominance in their bodies. During menstruation, women’s magnesium levels can be reduced by up to 50 percent, further depleting their supply. Magnesium helps to reduce cramping, so having higher levels in our body can help minimize endometriosis pain.
- Cold showers are incredible in strengthing the immune system. Scientific studies have found that taking a cold shower increases the amount of white blood cells in your body. These blood cells protect your body against diseases. Researchers believe that this process is related to an increased metabolic rate, which stimulates the immune response. Short bursts of cold are the perfect way to safely stress your cells. Mitochondria live in these cells and our goal is to make them stronger. Cold exposure has been shown to kill off weak mitochondria and not only make the strong ones stronger, but also encourage strong mitochondria to multiply. The stronger your mitochondria, the stronger your whole body.
Our bodies are constantly communicating with us what they need. All conditions or illness hold an immense opportunity to learn either for the person experiencing the condition, or for those around them.
I, personally believe we all have the power to heal all sickness and ailments, if you can make yourself sick of course, you can heal yourself. The question is always this... Are you willing to give up everything that made you sick in the first place?
The information expressed in this article is intended to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.
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