Noemi Akerman, specialist in Traditional Chinese Medicine, talks about the approach to endometriosis according to this specialty.
Hello, my name is Noemi Akerman. I graduated from the Beijing Academy of Medical Sciences and I work in Vigo and Pontevedra, Spain.
I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this event dedicated to endometriosis and all that it involves and implies.
Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that occurs when the endometrial tissue leaves the endometrial cavity (even outside the gynecological zone, affecting other organs such as the bladder, etc.). This can cause heavy and painful menstruation and even pain during sexual intercourses which can be very disabling for some women.
Menstruation should not hurt. If it hurts, we have to go to a specialist because something is happening.
So, how can we manage endometriosis with Traditional Chinese Medicine?
For years, we have used these techniques to treat gastrointestinal, neurological or musculoskeletal system disorders, but also insomnia, stress or fertility problems that are precisely related to this pathology that we are talking about.
Although acupuncture is the most known technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I recommend starting by taking a phytotherapic preparation. This compound of natural plants and minerals is taken orally with a completely personalized formula according to the characteristics of the individual that will be supported in order to reduce symptoms and to prevent the disease from proliferating.
I have to emphasize there is never a standard protocol. We take into account the individual characteristics, the medical tests provided in addition to the examination during the consultation (for example, taking the pulse through the radial artery to find out how the internal state of the organism is).
You can also support this natural approach with acupuncture sessions. It is about the insertion of very fine needles in some areas of the body that activate the nervous system and thus release endorphins and enkephalins, therefore reducing pain.
It has also been shown that acupuncture cause vasodilation, regulating blood flow in the gynecological area.
In addition, we can make moxibustion which is the combustion of sagebrush plants in some points of the body to cause internal heat, reducing pain even more.
Of course these techniques are totally safe, minimally invasive and complementary with other treatments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine also takes into account the life habits of the person as we will mainly influence nutrition.
You have to know that some foods cause body inflammation. For example, it has been shown that refined vegetable oils unbalance the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 and cause an inflammatory response in the body.
I also do not recommend the use of added sugars, sweeteners, alcohol, caffeine or refined flours. It is important then to maintain a diet rich in legumes, vegetables, fruit also using some anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric or ginger.
Finally it must be said that it is an integrative and complementary medicine so we can follow the treatment and medical advice and of course the annual gynecological reviews.
If we join forces, we will have even more tools to treat the person successfully and to improve the quality of life.
Thank you very much for your interest. If you want to know more about Traditional Chinese Medicine, you can follow me on Facebook and/or on Instagram.
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