A special area of interest for Dr. Dawn Potter-Balusik is acupuncture for endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a gynecological condition that can cause severe pelvic and abdominal pain, excess menstrual bleeding and/or infertility. Please visit our Testimonials page to read success stories from some of Dawn’s endometriosis patients.
Western medicine often misses an endometriosis diagnosis until the woman has had symptoms for an average of 7 years. And a Western medical diagnosis of endometriosis can only be confirmed by surgery.
For some women the pain is minimal and they only know they have endometriosis because of an exploratory surgery to seek out the cause of their infertility. Other women experience enough pain to disrupt their lives a few days per month. For still other women the pain is severe enough to prevent them from being able to work, have relationships or even get out of bed.
The pain may occur only during menstruation or include such times as ovulation, sexual activity, urination or bowel movement. Some women experience pain every day or at random, unpredictable times.
Western medical treatment is limited to pain management using hormonal drugs, pain killers, anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery. Western medicine has no cure for endometriosis, and because the problem recurs women suffering with it spend decades of their lives taking hormonal and pain reducing drugs while struggling with their fertility.
Most women undergo several surgeries, some as often as every 9 months. And many have accompanying illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and immune system dysfunction. It is a hopeless situation for many women.
How can acupuncture & Oriental medicine help?
As a past endometriosis sufferer herself, Dr. Dawn Potter-Balusik understands the despair that this condition can cause and is dedicated to helping women overcome this debilitating disease with Oriental medicine. She has developed a powerful treatment strategy that significantly reduces the pain, bleeding and infertility that can be caused by endometriosis.
Far less invasive, risky or costly than drugs or surgery, acupuncture for endometriosis is a natural approach, without side effects. Oriental medicine does not require a surgical diagnosis to treat endometriosis effectively.
Oriental medicine diagnoses according to patterns of symptoms and signs that characterize an individual woman’s disease. These patterns give clues as to the underlying imbalance, or root cause of the disease. This Oriental medical diagnosis allows Dawn Balusik to individualize treatment specific to a particular woman’s disease pattern.
What to Expect with Acupuncture for Endometriosis:
Some things Dr. Dawn will ask is whether the pain is improved with application of heat or cold; whether the pain is dull, down bearing, fixed, sharp or stabbing; whether putting pressure on the lower abdomen helps or makes it worse; when the pain is most experienced; and if there are recurring vaginal infections. She will also ask in-depth questions about the menstrual cycle itself. The answers provide evidence to define the underlying energetic imbalance and how to treat it with Oriental medicine, using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and nutritional therapy.
Acupuncture for endometriosis will consist of weekly treatments for 6 to 8 weeks, then twice monthly thereafter. The acupuncture helps to relieve pain, regulate circulation and correct Qi energy imbalances.
It is also essential that the endometriosis patient take the appropriate Chinese herbal formula(s) for her specific disease pattern. These can help detoxify the body, nourish organs, decrease pain, balance hormones and regulate the immune system function naturally, without side effects.
Nutritional therapy is very important in the treatment of those with endometriosis. We can encourage the body to produce natural anti-inflammatory compounds with proper nutrition. And we want to be sure we are supporting the liver in its hormonal balancing function while minimizing the intake of hormone-like, endocrine disrupting compounds found in many commercially available foods.
After 3 to 6 months of treatment with Dr. Dawn Potter-Balusik, most endometriosis sufferers can expect to be 50% to 100% out of pain. These women typically experience significantly reduced or completely resolved pain and bleeding, increased fertility, stronger immunity and overall better health. Oriental medicine is also useful to slow and prevent recurrence of the disease for those who have undergone surgery.