Acupuncture is a great non-pharma “pain relieving” alternative treatment for the management of endometriosis!
A recent study conducted by Dr Mike Amour Sydney University NICH Research found that women who participated in the 8 week study experienced 42% reduction in pelvic pain!
How does this work?
Acupuncture works by the insertion of fine needles into acu-points through the layers of the skin (epidermis and dermis) subcutaneous tissue and muscle. Each of these layers contain information, structures and cells that respond to needling.
Acupuncture points run along 12 meridians (fascia), these acupuncture points are connected to nerve trunks, nerve branches, nerve plexuses and in the walls of blood vessels. Visualise your body as information highway!
Similar to a neuro-transmitter, the needle sends a response (qi or pizzo-electricity) to the CNS. The body cross talks between the neuro-endorine, nervous and immune system and delivers a positive feedback response to the targeted cell (Acu-point) to reach the desired outcome.
The effects of Acupuncture for Endometriosis have been shown to:
👉🏻Acupuncture triggers a neurotransmitter called adenosine, Adenosine has an inhibitory effect on the nervous system regulating digestion, immune and cardiovascular. It also acts as a local anti-inflammatory.
👉🏻Acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s own natural opioids= natural pain killer thereby reducing pain.
👉🏻Acupuncture regulates the HPA (hypothalamus Pituarity Adrenal axis) regulating the stress response, cortisol parasympathetic/sympathetic nervous system & HPO (hypothalamus Pituarity Ovarian) supporting endocrine function
👉🏻Acupuncutre produces anti-histamine effects and down regulates cytokines and inflammatory response.
👉🏻Acupuncture studies have shown that acupuncture can suppress serum oestradiol levels and may inhibit the growth of ectopic endometrium and relieve pain.
👉🏻Acupuncture enhances the ability of the immune system and meditates cytokine changes within the cell.
Acupuncture treats endometriosis by reducing inflammatory and cytokine markers, balancing hormones, and inducing an analgesic effect to treat pain!
Amanda is the founder of Angea and has over 12 years of experience working with women to support their health journey. In addition to being a registered doctor of Chinese medicine, Amanda is a yoga teacher and founder of Mindful Pregnancy Yoga Training. Amanda offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and womb healing treatments at Angea.