6 Complementary Therapies to Ease Endometriosis Symptoms


As well as conventional medicine and treatments, many women with endometriosis are turning to holistic alternatives to help ease the symptoms of the disease. Alternative therapies like acupuncture, meditation, and dietary supplements can often help with pain relief and overall wellness.

With help from Endometriosis New Zealand, we’ve put together a list of six complementary therapies that ladies living with endometriosis may find useful. However, you should always speak with your doctor before starting any complementary therapies.

This ancient Chinese therapy works by placing needles into the body in certain trigger points thought to promote healing and energy flow, releasing the body’s natural painkillers and boosting the immune system.

Gentle massage can help release tension and allow better blood flow to areas that need healing. Shiatsu massage or acupressure works in a similar way to acupuncture in that it centers on certain pressure points on the body to promote healing.

Meditation and visualization are useful for women with endometriosis in coping with pain. Positive thinking and mindfulness can help calm anxiety and train the brain to better cope with pain.

MORE: Nine rules for sleeping well with endometriosis.

Naturopathy claims to heal the body through dietary and lifestyle changes and natural remedies. However, it also advises against conventional medicine and surgery, so it should be approached with extreme caution.

Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine is a combination of different practices and medicines which encourage the yin-yang balance and improve energy flow.

Physiotherapy and exercises specifically designed for pelvic problems are gaining recognition as a viable treatment to help lessen pain.

MORE: Three steps to endometriosis management

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  1. Lauren says:

    The acupuncture TX should be only used by a women’s pelvic pain physical therapist. They have to be specifically trained to do the needling (that’s what my physical therapist told me it’s called)in these highly sensitive areas. Needling is unlike acupuncture because you hit the needle to the bone when needling the hip(s) and when needling inner thighs it’s very meticulous and should again, only be done by a trained PT, the areas are so sensitive due to adhesions and damage done to the body from Endo, please don’t just put it out there for anyone with Endo to go get acupuncture in pelvic area!! Very dangerous, even with trained PT, I had an issue from one session where I was unable to walk, left leg went numb for two days, because the needle hit the wrong nerve …the needling can also be used with electronic impulse machine which is extremely helpful when combined for therapy but it can only be done at levels judged by your PT, based on ur individual history, and only done for a specific amount of time.
    Please be very careful when considering using this form of physical therapy! It’s not a txt to go to a regular Dr for!!

  2. Tracy Gaibisso says:

    As a naturopath myself i object to the comment that we advise against conventional medicine and surgery. You obviously have never been to a properly trained naturopath in recent years, or haven’t done your research properly. I have over 15 years clinical experience with this condition and other reproductive diseases and as well as my naturopathic qualifications, i have a Graduate Certificate in wellness and a Masters in Reproductive medicine (medical). Naturopaths are trained to use a variety of treatments to manage conditions and often have additional post graduate qualifications. If the condition requires liaising with conventional doctors for the most optimal outcome for our clients then that is what we will do. I would never tell a client not to have surgery but would in fact support her with pre and post operative care if that was the best outcome for her.

  3. JJames says:

    Traditional acupuncture is not placed to affect muscles, it is to balance energy, and is delivered by practitioners with years of training. Dry needling, what you are talking about, doesn’t go to the bone, but is inserted into points of muscle spasm. Your experience is exactly that of a PT. A weekend training course is available for practitioners of many modalities to claim they can do dry needling. A university degree is what is required by doctors. I think you may have got your facts from a person of lesser training who was trying to defend their incompetence.

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