is a condition where tissue that is normally part of the lining of
the uterus, also grows elsewhere in the abdominal cavity. Of those
that suffer from endometriosis, approximately eighty percent of women
have the type that spreads into the pelvic cavity, including surrounding
the ovaries. Only twenty percent have endometrial overgrowths that
stay within the uterus.
Both of these types
cause a host of different symptoms including: painful intercourse,
nausea, vomiting and constipation during menses, the passing of large
clots and shreds of tissue during menses, excessive bleeding, incapacitating
pain in the uterus, lower back, and organs in the pelvic cavity prior
to and during menstruation, iron deficiency anemia and infertility.
Chinese Medicine, endometriosis is mainly due to qi and blood stagnation.
Any kind of blockage or stagnation will cause pain. Treatment aims
to relieve the pain and reduce the size of the masses of endometrial
tissue by promoting blood and qi circulation. In addition to this,
individual symptoms may be related to cold, heat, damp, or a deficiency
in other organs, so these factors must also be treated.