Acupuncture for endometriosis is another special area of interest for Dr. Dawn Potter.
Endometriosis is a gynecological condition that can cause severe pelvic and abdominal pain, excess menstrual bleeding and infertility.
Unfortunately, Western medicine does not offer good long-term solutions. In fact, 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 for a few days per month. For still other women the pain is debilitating enough to prevent them from working, having relationships or even getting out of bed.
The pain may occur only during menstruation or include such times as ovulation, urination, bowel movement or sexual activity. Some women experience pain every day or at random, unpredictable times.
Western medical treatment is limited to pain management and hormonal manipulation which often backfires, causing other complications. Western medicine has no cure for endometriosis, and because the problem recurs, women suffering with it spend decades of their lives taking hormonal meds 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, interstitial cystitis and immune system dysfunction. It is a hopeless situation for many women.
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine can help:
As a past endometriosis sufferer herself, Dr. Dawn Potter understands the despair that this condition can cause and is dedicated to helping women overcome this debilitating disease with natural 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. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) does not require a surgical diagnosis to treat endometriosis effectively.
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at patterns of symptoms and signs that characterize an individual woman’s disease to diagnose. These patterns give clues as to the underlying imbalance, or root cause of the disease. This TCM diagnosis allows Dr. Dawn to individualize treatment specific to a particular woman’s disease pattern.
Please visit our Success Stories page to read testimonials from some of Dr. Dawn’s endometriosis patients.
What to Expect with Acupuncture for Endometriosis:
Some questions Dr. Dawn may 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 is the pain 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 using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and nutrition.
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 also 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, 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. Traditional Chinese Medicine is also useful to slow and prevent recurrence of the disease for those who have undergone surgery.