Endometrial tissue is found in the uterus. It is the tissue that breaks down with the menstrua cycle. Endometriosis is when this tissue is found outside of the uterus. It may be on organs in the belly or pelvis. The tissue swells, breaks down, and bleeds in response to hormone changes. This can lead to scarring of other organs.
Treatment can help to limit symptoms but it may still interfere with day to day life. For this reason, some women look to natural treatments. There is little evidence to back their use.
May Be Effective
- Chinese Herbal Medicine uses herbs to bring balance and harmony to the body. It may be as effective as standard medicine to relieve pain.1, 2
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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some may get in the way of treatment. They can also make illness worse or cause new problems.
Flower A, Liu JP, et al. Chinese herbal medicine for endometriosis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 May 16;(5):CD006568.
2. Zhao RH, Liu Y, et al. Chinese medicine improves postoperative quality of life in endometriosis patients: a randomized controlled trial. Chin J Integr Med. 2013 Jan;19(1):15-21.
Last reviewed May 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board
Last Updated: 6/14/2019