Endometriosis Naturopathy Perth
Natural treatment of endometriosis is completely individualised as each woman experiences the condition differently and might be at different stages of the disease. To me it is most important to use treatments that reduce pain and inflammation, while also improving immune function, gut health and optimising hormone levels. A lot of this can be achieved through nutrition and lifestyle adjustments in combination with herbal medicine and nutritional supplementation. My main focus at the start is to improve the overall quality of life and reduce pain for my clients while working at reducing the disease progression.
As a Naturopath specialising in women and hormones. I take endometriosis very seriously, the pain and discomfort these women go through can be unimaginable and is often take years to diagnose and often largely brushed off as simply ‘period pain.’ The most important aspect for me holistically is that my clients feel seen, safe and supported through their treatment. Natural medicine is a great help when it comes to relieving the uncomfortable symptoms associated with endometriosis. Natural medicine can also help limit the proliferation of endometriosis. But NO…Natural medicine does not cure endometriosis (although it may be able to help reduce it) and rebalance the body system. The idea is to put it into remission.
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Restore gut microbe, balance SIBO or candida (if present)
- Identify sensitives like gluten, nickel or dairy, FODMAPS
- Balance immune function
- Restore positive connection with body + menstrual cycle
- Restore hormone imbalances
- Fertility support
I would firstly like to point out, that your lifestyle or diet did not cause your endometriosis. It is in no way, shape or you’re your fault that you have endometrioses. When we are working with nutrition, we are working with reducing underlying inflammation. Some foods can simply be bigger inflammatory triggers than others, and those triggers will differ from person to person. Some foods aggravate, some nourish, some healthy foods struggle to be broken down if there is an underlying digestive issue. Sometimes in order to reduce the inflammation, we need to take the triggers out and allow the gut lining to heal. The traditional endometriosis based nutrition can look quite restrictive, but should in no way be reducing your calorie intake or enjoyment of food. The focus is more on swapping out inflammatory triggers with foods that encourage inflammation reduction. The more food + energy we can get in the better.
My approach with food and hormones is a little different as I like to use a combination of medicinal and intuitive eating. It’s equally important for me to address the triggers and inflammatory factors as it is for me to ensure that you are not entering a food program that is calorie restrictive and therefore damaging to both your mental health and menstrual cycle. I want you to change your relationship with food by establishing your emotional eating patterns. Emotional eating becomes a problem when we eat in response to negative or positive emotions. Even if you are hardly eating and underweight you are still an emotional eater. Many people are eating in an emotional way, even if they aren’t truly eating a lot.
Foods To Avoid:
- Gluten: In susceptible individuals, such as women with endometriosis, gluten stimulates the release of inflammatory cytokines and therefore promotes inflammation in the body.
- Dairy: The problem with dairy is not the fat or the lactose, the problem is the protein known as A1 casein. A1 casein stimulates histamine and inflammatory cytokine release, therefore promoting inflammation in the body. A1 casein is found only in the milk of Holstein (Friesian) cows, which are the main herds in Australia, the UK, the US and Canada. The easiest way to detect if casein consumption is contributing to your symptoms, try avoiding it for at least three months.
- Eggs: An average of 1 in 3 women with endometriosis seem to have a problem with eggs.
- High Nickel Foods
- Meat (especially processed): As meat is very inflammatory. Many women have reported reduced pain following a plant based nutrition plan
I also assess for other food intolerances which are individualised person to person – some triggers include; salicylates, FOMAPS, histamine.
Foods To Eat:
- Plant based very low inflammatory diet
- Wholefoods as much as possible
- Foods rich in antioxidants like blueberries
- Green leafy vegetables
- Anti-inflammatory foods like pineapple, broccoli, avocado, broth, turmeric, ginger, olive oil, nuts, fresh salmon
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Omega 3s
- Vitamin A
- Cramp Bark
- Ladies Mantle
- Berberine – Is a potent anti-inflammatory and has been shown to repair the permeability of the intestinal lining. It is also anti-microbial which works well with endometriosis
- Milk Thistle
- Dong Quai (very careful not be used if periods are heavy)
- Chaste tree
- Gotu Kola