Monday, January 12, 2009

Endometriosis and Dong Quai

As we mentioned in previous articles, endometriosis growing somewhere else other than the endometrium also reacts to hormonal signals of the monthly menstrual cycle by building up tissue, breaking it, and eliminating it through the menstrual period. As we know, herbs play a very important role in some cultures in treating all kinds of diseases. In this article, we will discuss how Dong Quai helps to treat endometriosis.

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I. Definition
Dong quai is a tall plant with white green flowers. It has been used in Chinese medicine for over 4000 years in treating diseases caused by female reproductive system for women with or without endometriosis. It is considered the "female ginseng" because of its balancing effect on the female hormonal system, including pre-menstrual syndrome and menstrual cramps.

II. How Dong Quai effects women with endometriosis
1. Estrogen inhibitor
Dong quai contains phytoestrogens which help to maintain strong liver in protein and fat metabolism. By increasing the function of liver it helps to inhibit the bad estrogen that causes menstrual cramps and symptoms of endometriosis.

2. Regulating carbohydrate metabolism
Dong quai also helps in carbohydrate metabolism by stimulating the right levels of insulin produced by the pancreas which is necessary in providing energy for our body. Without strong liver function, too much insulin during the menstrual cycle will cause food and sugar craving.

3. Reduce menstrual cramps
Dong Quai is also a muscle tonic, it helps to calm the uterine muscle during menstrual cycle by balancing the levels of prostaglandins hormones resulting in calming over-active uterine muscles.

4. Increase production of red blood cells and replace blood loss
Dong Quai has been used for women with heavy menstrual flow. By increasing the production of red blood cells, it helps to maintain the strong circulation of blood that carries oxygen and nutrients to our body's cells and decreases the risk of anemia.

5. Increase blood flow
The root is said to be very effective in eliminating blood stagnation. By increasing the blood flow to the abdominal regions, it helps to relax the uterine muscles and reduce the period pain caused by blood stagnation in the abdomen.

Since endometriosis is treatable and manageable by natural remedies and a self help course, if you have endometroisis, please look on the bright side.

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