Ayurvedic treatment for Endometriosis / Adenomyosis
In ayurvedic perspective endometriosis can be correlated to Vatala Yoni Vyapat, the causes for its onset can be consumption and regular indulgence of food and activities which causes the vitiation of Vata dosha by a woman having vata type of body constitution. Endometriosis is a disease in which abnormal growth of a tissue, histologically resembling the endometrium, is present in the location other than the uterine lining. For better understanding it is the deposition of endometrial tissue at abnormal sites in the body (usually in the pelvic area) instead of its normal position, as the lining of the womb.
As a result hormonally active tissue, which continues to bleed on a monthly basis, may end up depositing around the pelvis, fallopian tubes, ovaries, rectum and intestinal area. Consequently, every month this abnormally situated menstrual tissue builds up, bleeds and sheds blood and cells. Problems arise because the tissue may be in the pelvis or abdomen rather than in uterus.
With no route for escape for endometrial tissue, old blood and cells that deposit in the pelvis may cause congestion.
Incidence : Causing 30-40% infertility and 50-60% dysmenorrhoea in woman in the reproductive age group.
Cause : The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown to modern medicine.
Signs and Symptoms : Infertility is one of the clinical features of endometriosis along with pelvic pain (sacral back ache), menorrhagia (Excessive menstrual bleeding), dysmenorrhoea, painful sexual intercourse, painful defecation and excessive urination.
The signs are masses on palpation, retro-version of the uterus, tenderness and visible bluish nodules.
Treatment : The treatment for endometriosis in Ayurveda is mainly by the administration of
- Oleation (Snehana)
- Sudation (Swedana)
- Vasthi (i.e medicated decoction and oil enema)
- Uttara vasthi (intra uterine administration of medicated oils)
- Parisheka,(pouring of medicated decoction over the afflicted areas)
- Pichu- vaginal pessary dipped in medicated oil
All treatments, diet and activities like Yoga and Pranayama which will help to alleviate the vata dosha with Oral herbal medications will be done together with the treatment schedule.
Duration of Treatment : 10-14 days of external and internal therapies with oral medication to be continued up with discharge medication for almost 3 months period.