Self help tips for managing endometriosis pain

I wanted to follow up on yesterday's post about endometriosis with some self-help tips for managing this often debilitating condition. 

  • Relax... stress is known to irritate and worsen conditions such as endometriosis. Learning ways to manage stress levels can go a long way in lessening the severity of your sympoms.
  • Perform deep-breathing exercises and/or meditation.
  • Strive for a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night.
  • Place a heating pad on you abdomen to relieve endometriosis-related pain.
  • Increase your intake of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
  • Cut back on refined sugars and processed foods.

Using Acupressure Points

Rubbing acupuncture points with your finger for 30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body, restoring health and well-being.

  • Stomach 36 (ST 36): On the outside of the leg, approximately one hand width below the kneecap, just off the bone. Functions: Increases stamina and energy, provides stability and grounding, heals effects on the body of too much worrying and thinking.
  • Liver 3 (LV 3): On the top of the foot, in the depression between where the first and second metatarsal bones meet. DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY. Functions: Used for dizziness, headaches, vertigo, epilepsy, painful and/or blurry eyes, irregular menstruation, depression, uterine bleeding and prolapse, urine retention, genital pain, frequent sighing, and insomnia.
  • Kidney 3 (KD 3): Level with the tip of the inner anklebone, in the depression between the ankle and tendon. Functions: Reinforces the Kidneys, clears heat, strengthens the low back and knees, rectifies the uterus, helps with anxiety, insomnia and chronic low back pain.
  • Conception Vessel 6: Three finger widths directly below the belly button. Functions: Alleviates pain in the lower abdomen, alleviates abdominal masses due to stagnation. Regulates uterus and good for irregular menstruation and dysmenorrhea.
  • Conception Vessel 4: Roughly four finger widths directly below the belly button. Functions: Alleviates abdominal masses due to stagnation. Regulates uterus and good for irregular menstruation and dysmenorrhea. Good for severe lower abdominal pain that radiates to genitals. Helpful for bladder infection. Strengthens the body and helps with diarrhea, lethargy, and weak limbs.

What other methods do you know of for dealing with endometrial symptoms? I would love to hear your suggestions! If you'd like to find out more about how acupuncture can help you with this issue, please give me a call so we can set up a time to meet.