Natural Pain Relief for Endometriosis
Looking for a more natural pain relief? Here’s how I replaced painkillers with an all-natural remedy
that not only worked to uncurl me from the grips of endometriosis pain but also promotes deep relaxation.
*This post is strictly informational and not intended as medical advice, nor as a substitution for medical advice.
Mother nature gave you a uterus,
but she also gave you herbs!
We have used herbs are medicine for thousands of years, and pharmaceutical companies still do.
For four decades, I’ve been skeptical of a prevailing belief in Western medicine: When a plant shows bioactivity in humans, we must attribute that effect to a single, predominant compound in the plant. We label that the “active principle,” isolate it, synthesize it, and make a pharmaceutical out of it. Then, typically, we forget about the plant. We don’t study any of the other compounds in it or their complex interactions. – Dr. Andrew Weil
…And since as you can’t patent a herb, the use of pure, whole herbs is nowhere near as profitable as drugs. So that’s why you don’t hear more about herbal medicine. Not because it’s doesn’t work, it just doesn’t have the marketing budget to compete.
So as our society moves further away from our connection with the natural world, herbal medicine is often met with, “is a plant actually going to do anything?” Well, think poppies and opium, willow bark and aspirin, hemp and cannabis. Herbs are potent substances and their effects on the body can be profound.
How I Replaced Convential Painkillers
Realising the dangers of prolonged use of NSAIDs and other painkillers, I had simply stopped taking them – cue world of pain. This wasn’t the answer. Being in pain is traumatic for the body and the resulting stress can make your body more vulnerable to ill health.
I reached out to a medical herbalist and she suggested an acute pain mix for me to take for up to three days each month, since my pain occurred during the first three days of my period – you can work with a medical herbalist to create a mix for your particular pain (duration, intensity etc).
This acute pain mix proved more beneficial than painkillers.
Firstly, the NSAIDs and presciption painkillers I had tried were ineffective as acute painkillers when I was in extreme pain. They may work for general period pain but they don’t touch endometriosis induced period pain. I was once offered morphine by a paramedic after I had collapsed. Yikes. So to get in front of the pain, I could take NSAIDs for a number of days before my period and continue taking them during the first 3-4 days of my period. That’s a lot of NSAIDs!
The herbal acute pain mix, being in liquid form, makes it much quicker for the body to absorb and put to use than a pill. I was to take 2.5mls at the first sign of pain, every 2 hours (no more than 6 times per day), for up to three days.
So while this not a dissimilar dosage to NSAIDS (this is because my acute mix contains a schedule 20 herb which is restricted to use by only registered medical herbalists), it works on a deeper level than painkillers.
The herbs used are potent uterine relaxants that relieve tension, tightness and spams, unwinding the source of the pain rather than just being a pain blocker (how NSAIDs work). Softening, relaxing and warming, they help dispel anxiety and instil a sense of relaxation.
We worked through a few combinations to find one that worked best for me. I now have this acute pain mix ‘in my back pocket’.
It’s important to note that the story doesn’t end here.
Resources for Endometriosis
While I have had a number of pain-free cycles, where I have barely used the acute mix if at all, I still need to remind myself (or be reminded by my mum) to keep on top of my self-care. Afterall, it’s what has gotten me to having pain-free cycles and endometriosis doesn’t end with pain relief. Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that requires consistent management.
It’s easy to get swept away by life. An acute pain mix can be there for you in your time of need, but if stress has accumulated, then extra self-care is in order redress the balance.
I have a daily herbal mix that I use to manage my endometriosis. I also use a herbal tea blend. Information on the supplements and herbal remedies I use for endometriosis can be found here.
Beyond that, we’re taking an anti-inflammatory diet plus other self-care rituals such as yoga and salt baths. I’ll cover those in more detail in the coming months. Good news is – they’re all wonderful! Self-care shouldn’t be a chore – it’s a treat!
For now, I hope this has given you something to look into.
Here’s a map to find your nearest herbalist (this is predominately UK-based, though does list some herbalists in other countries).
If you are unable to access a medical herbalist, you can make your own tea if you’d like. The blend I use can be found here. You can purchase dried herbs online. Please do your own research on herbs for any contraindications and consult your doctor before use.
Herbal medicine should only be used under the guidance of a registered medical herbalist.
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