Endometriosis symptoms can vary for each individual, however the most common issues reported include pelvic pain, bleeding, fatigue, constipation, excessive and heavy bleeding during periods, as well as pain during intercourse. While there’s currently no cure, some simple lifestyle changes could provide relief. Kemmy, osteopath and founder of Holistic Impact, a new CBD and essential oils range, Holistic Impact (www.holisticimpact.co.uk), recommends a number of things, one being to drink chamomile tea.
Derived from the chamomile flower, chamomile tea has long been used as a natural remedy for a number of health issues.
Kemmy added: “Several studies have linked chamomile tea to reduced severity of menstrual cramps as well as reducing the growth of endometrial cells. Chamomile tea can be consumed at any time of day, but my preference is to enjoy a hot cuppa in the evening and reap all of its relaxing benefits.”
Magnesium is a very important mineral which plays a role in over 300 enzyme reactions in the human body.
Kemmy advised: “Magnesium can help to stabilise blood pressure, strengthen bones, and improve heart health.
“Low magnesium intake is linked to chronic inflammation, so it is no surprise that boosting your magnesium levels through magnesium-rich foods such as fatty fish and dark chocolate can help to reduce abdominal pain and alleviate cramps.
“For those unable to up their magnesium intake through diet, opt for a good quality magnesium oil or supplement. Magnesium oil is best absorbed through the skin and it can be sprayed directly on the abdomen for targeted relief.”
Limit dairy products
Dairy is one of the most inflammatory food groups and contains a high percentage of saturated fat and hormones, which can aggravate endometriosis sufferers’ symptoms considerably.
Kemmy said: “Reducing or cutting out these products can help to reduce pain, particularly if you are lactose intolerant as this could be contributing to cramping, feeling of discomfort and bloating.”
Reducing your sugar intake
A high sugar diet can cause inflammation in the body and can have a negative impact on your gut health.
Kemmy said: “Research suggests a direct correlation between endometriosis and gut health, specifically because endometrial cells can spread to other organs. Reducing the amount of artificial sugar you consume may help to reduce inflammation, and in turn, reduce pain.
“If you’re looking for a sweet treat, opt for raw honey drizzled on rice cakes or a small handful of walnut-stuffed dates.”
Toxin free period products
Often overlooked, period products are filled with toxins which could be contributing towards period cramps.
Kemmy said: “The vaginal walls are very permeable and will absorb any chemicals present which can result in cramping/pain. Do your research and opt for toxin-free period products such as period pants or cups or simply swap your regular pads for a toxin-free alternative.”
Osteopathy involves working with the pelvis, spine, and abdomen.
Kemmy advised: “Regular sessions can help to improve your pelvic floor and work on surrounding joints, as well as alleviating secondary symptoms such as bloating, discomfort during intercourse, and lower back pain. Pain can radiate to other areas of the body which is why it is important to check the other muscle nerves haven’t been triggered by endometriosis.”
Whilst exercise might be the last thing sufferers want to do when experiencing pelvic pain and cramping, for many, it can in fact provide immediate relief.
Kemmy explained: “By optimising muscle balance, joint mobility, fitness and posture, endometriosis sufferers’ have reported a reduction in pain levels. Low impact exercises such as yoga, Pilates and gentle stretches are particularly effective in releasing tension in the abdomen, hip flexors, and lower back.”
Endometriosis pain can be the result of spasms in the reproductive organs and altered levels of female hormones at specific times of the month.
There is a mounting body of evidence which suggests that CBD has natural pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties which could be incredibly effective in the management of endometriosis.
Kemmy said: “For the best results, start taking a highly concentrated CBD oil, such as Holistic Impact’s CBD oil (£70 from www.holisticimpact.co.uk)one week before your period is due to begin. This can help to reduce inflammation, calm the muscles, and allow the CBD to build up in your body to reduce pain and discomfort experienced when your period begins. On the day your period begins, to really harness the effects of CBD, self-massage with CBD can be incredibly beneficial. To do this, mix a couple of drops of Holistic Impact CBD oil with a generous teaspoon of coconut oil or shea butter and begin to rub circular motions on the abdomen working your way in a ‘v’ shape down towards the lower abdomen pushing downwards to release tension and ease pain.”