4 SUPPLEMENTS I USE TO MANAGE MY ENDOMETRIOSIS
We all want to pop the ‘magic pill’ and feel better from endometriosis and that’s the rub with many medical drugs such as painkillers and the contraceptive pill; they work (sometimes) but do so by masking the problem rather than addressing the root cause. …And the ramifications long term can be disastrous. But what if you have no alternative than to take painkillers or synthetic hormones? Well, herbal medicine and supplements can step in to provide a holistic approach to relieving (and resolving) pain and helping you manage your symptoms. It’s not quick and it’s not guaranteed, but for me, it has been worth it.
These are the 4 supplements I use on a daily basis…
*This post is strictly informational and not intended as medical advice, nor as a substitution for medical advice.
1. Herbal medicine
Herbal medicine, for me, has stepped in to replace NSAIDs and prescription painkillers all while working to harmonise my cycle, cleanse my body of excess hormones and relax and tone my uterus.
This has been extremely restorative for me and a key tool in managing my endometriosis successfully.
I have a daily herbal mix that contains a blend of calendula, cramp bark, astragalus, Chinese angelica and liquorice, as well as vitex agnus castus drops on the side.
This helps relax my body on a daily basis and support the cleansing process of removing excess hormones such as oestrogen.
Raspberry leaves, yarrow, chamomile, rose, couchgrass and calendula.
This helps to relax and tone my uterus, and I find it makes my monthly cycle much lighter, shorter and more manageable.
My acute pain mix was a process of adjustment and currently contains a schedule 20 herb (restricted to use by only registered medical herbalists) as well as a number of other pain-relieving herbs.
This is my alternative to traditional painkillers that I keep in my back pocket, to be used at the first sight of pain; 2.5ml every two hours until the pain goes away (maximum usage: up to 6 times a day for up to 3 days).
If you are in the UK, I’d recommend medical herbalist Caroline Bulter who practises in Dorchester and Bridport (Dorset, South West England).
Don’t have access to a medical herbalist? You can always make your own tea blend. There are many online stores available that sell individual tea herbs such as raspberry leaf.
Note: Just because something is natural does not make it safe, while herbs are a wonderful alternative to synthetic drugs, herbal medicine should only be used under the direction of a qualified professional.
2. CBD oil
CBD oil is increasingly being used as an anti-inflammatory, stress reducer and natural pain reliever in chronic conditions and may help reduce anxiety too. For these reasons, it is quickly becoming popular with women with endometriosis.
While a powerhouse natural remedy, misinformation about CBD oil is rife. In short, CBD oil (cannabidiol) is not psychoactive.
Some CBD oils do contain trace amounts of THC (the stuff that gets people high), however, trace amounts (0.5% THC or less) don’t come anywhere near to getting you high.
If you are an athlete or get routinely drug tested at work, trace amounts of THC may show up if you consume a high dose of CBD oil, so be warned.
That said, herb.co say one would need to consume anywhere from 1000 to 2000mg of CBD oil in a day (that’s likely 1-2 bottles worth) to result in a positive for marijuana on a drug test. They say this, however, would be a false positive – if the sample were to undergo further tests for verification purposes then it would be found to be negative, as this secondary test is more accurate.
THC-free CBD oil is available if you’re at all concerned about THC.
Since I have only recently started using CBD oil, and as I still take my herbal medicine, I can’t definitively distinguish what is having what effect over time.
My main reason for taking CBD oil is, first, as an experiment; I wanted to try it before I wrote about it, and second, anything I can do to reduce or eliminate chronic inflammation is a top priority for me.
3. Plant-derived minerals
Minerals such as magnesium are known for their relaxation and fatigue-lifting properties. I don’t like taking vitamins or minerals in isolation though, as this can disrupt the body’s delicate symbiosis so I take a full-spectrum complex that includes 75 minerals and trace minerals.
As a mineralised body is the foundation to good health, this is a good place to start. We often focus on the inflammation of endometriosis, as it presents the most pressing symptoms (pain), though rallying the immune system will help your body to strengthen and fight inflammation.
Unfortunately, due to many factors such as soil degradation, minerals that were found richly in our soils are now lessening. The quality of the food we eat is directly impacted by the quality of the soil, so while I promote a varied plant-based diet, it is important to me to ensure my body has the minerals it requires to function optimally.
You can more info on the plant-derived minerals complex I take here on my mum’s page (she’s a holistic health practitioner and creator of the Total Me Time system and promotes plant-derived minerals to help her clients with energy and sleep).
She can get you £4 (approx. $5+) off your first order (auto-ship only, cancel anytime), so if you would like to try them contact her here and she will hook you up with a code!
If you are interested in taking minerals, it’s important to know the difference between plant-derived minerals as opposed to metallic minerals (which are most commonly found).
Metallic minerals are cheap to source, however, contain limited amounts of major or trace minerals and are hard for the body to absorb. Plant-derived minerals, on the other
hand, are fully bioavailable.
You’ll likely have heard of turmeric supplements – turmeric is well researched for its abilities as an anti-inflammatory.
…But it’s curcumin, the active compound found in turmeric, that is doing the heavy lifting – all while making up around just 3% of turmeric!
So if you want the most health properties, look to curcurmin rather than turmeric.
As well as fighting inflammation, curcumin is a potent antioxidant that helps to boost your body’s antioxidant activity all while neutralising free radical damage.
It’s important to note that curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body, so it is suggested to take black pepper alongside curcumin which enhances absorption by 2000%
Since curcumin is fat soluble, consuming it with a meal containing healthy fats can help.
If you forget to take it with a meal, no worries, you can chuck a few peppercorns and nuts down the hatch instead!
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