Endometriosis is a gynecological condition in which endometrial cells (belonging to the uterine lining) are found elsewhere in the body, most often in the pelvic region. The errant clump of endometrial tissue implants in an inappropriate location and behaves as if on home turf, responding to hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle. This activity can cause inflammation and symptoms such as pelvic pain, difficult periods, painful intercourse and, in some cases, infertility.
There is no conclusive explanation as to what causes endometriosis. Conventional treatments range from anti-inflammatory drugs and hormone therapies to surgical interventions. Unfortunately, these courses do not have a consistent success rates. Additionally, hormone and other pharmaceutical therapies can have undesirable side effects; in many cases, symptoms return even after surgery to remove the problematic tissue.
The good news: clinical trials conducted over the past two decades show significant positive results in the treatment of endometriosis with Chinese Herbal Medicine, minus the unpleasant side effects. Studies show that the vast majority of women treated with Chinese herbs (alone or as a supplement to conventional treatment) experienced effective relief of painful symptoms and were symptom-free for longer than those undergoing pharmaceutical and/or surgical therapies as the sole course of treatment.