Endometriosis is a painful condition that roughly affects 10 % of reproductive-age women. Endometriosis happens when the endometrium (innermost layer of the uterus) grows outside the uterus.
The endometrium is the inner layer of the uterus that falls off during menstruation each month.
According to modern science, there is no known cause behind endometriosis. Although its exact cause is unknown, some experts suggest it happens when menstrual blood containing endometrial cells flows back to the fallopian tube, ovaries, and pelvic cavity. Due to this, these cells get attached to the surrounding organs, where they grow and bleed during menstruation.
Unlike the uterine endometrium, which can flow out from the body during menstruation, the endometrial cells stuck outside the uterus have no path to exit the body. As a result, it gets trapped inside that area.
Most of these endometrial tissues grow around the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or bladder. During the menstruation cycle, when these tissues start growing and bleeding, it creates a lot of pain and scarring inside the affected area. As the blood is stuck and unable to exit the body, it further grows and develops into a cyst (chocolate cyst).
The development of endometriosis can also be related to genetics, environmental toxins, bad dietary & lifestyle habits.
Women may suffer from severe pain in the lower abdomen, back region, heavy menstrual flow, and pain during menstruation or intercourse. It can also be one of the causes of infertility in some women.
As per Ayurveda, the symptoms of endometriosis indicate the imbalance of Vata dosha initially. Later, as the condition progresses, it aggravates the Pitta dosha, which is responsible for producing hormones and regulating the reproductive system.
When Vata dosha is imbalanced, it also hampers your digestive fire, which may cause bloating, gas, or extreme pain during each menstrual cycle. Due to poor digestion, there is also a toxin buildup inside the body. It is known as Ama in Ayurveda. When these toxins start accumulating inside the body, it leads to a hormonal imbalance and weakens the immune system. As a result, it leads to such a condition.
The leading cause of poor digestion and toxin buildup is bad diet and lifestyle habits. So, it is essential to have a holistic approach and heal this condition without getting much dependent on synthetic pills.
Various factors like body type, symptoms, and disease intensity vary in women. The Ayurvedic treatment of endometriosis differs in different women as it is essential to diagnose the root cause behind your symptoms. Hence, Ayurveda has a unique approach in treating this condition with Panchakarma (detoxification), a suitable diet, lifestyle, and herbs.
Here are the top 3 tips to manage endometriosis:
Diet plays a major role in managing various health conditions. In this condition, getting rid of food items that may further lead to the accumulation of toxins or aggravate Vata dosha is essential. So, avoid dairy products (milk, paneer, curd), refined sugar, excessive intake of non-vegetarian food like meat, caffeinated drinks, carbonated drinks, processed and packaged food, and refined grains.