Do You Suffer with Endometriosis Pain?

Dec 21, 2023
Do You Suffer with Endometriosis Pain?
Posted By Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM

Do you suffer from pelvic pain or endometriosis-related pain?

If you do, then you know just how debilitating it can be.

But did you know that there are alternative treatments available that can help reduce your pain without the use of pharmaceuticals? Two such treatments are acupuncture and herbal medicine.

This blog post will explore how these treatments can interrupt neuronal pathways and alleviate endometriosis-related pain.

First, let's talk about acupuncture. Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body.

These points are located along channels or pathways known as meridians, which correspond to specific organs and bodily functions. When a needle is inserted into a point, it stimulates the nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins, natural painkillers.

This process also interrupts the transmission of pain signals along the spinal cord and can help to reduce inflammation in the body.

But how does this work?

This is where the gate theory comes in. The gate theory of pain was first proposed in the 1960s by Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall. The theory suggests that pain signals can be blocked or amplified by the spinal cord, depending on the type and intensity of the stimulus. In essence, the theory suggests a "gate" in the spinal cord that can either open or close, depending on the stimulus type.

When the gate is open, pain signals can pass through and are transmitted to the brain, resulting in pain.

But when the gate is closed, these signals are blocked, and pain is reduced. Acupuncture can help to close the gate and reduce pain by stimulating the nervous system and triggering the release of endorphins. This, in turn, interrupts the transmission of pain signals along the spinal cord and reduces inflammation in the body.

Now, let's talk about herbal medicine. Herbal medicine involves using plants and plant extracts to treat various health conditions. Many of these plants contain compounds that have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Incorporating these herbs into your diet or taking them as supplements can help interrupt neuronal pathways and reduce endometriosis-related pain.

In conclusion, acupuncture and herbal medicine are alternative treatments that can help to interrupt neuronal pathways and alleviate endometriosis-related pain. By understanding the gate theory of pain and how these treatments work, women who suffer from pelvic pain can explore new avenues for pain relief. We are here for you.