Monday, May 28, 2012

New Cause Of Endometriosis Found


IMPORTANT: New Information For Endometriosis Sufferers


Have you been diagnosed with endometriosis?  If so, recent research reveals new and exciting ways to not only improve debilitating symptoms, but most importantly reverse the cause.

Discovering a New Cause & Finding Solutions

Until now, endometriosis was thought to be caused by a combination of hormones, auto-immune conditions, environmental pollutants and genes [1-3].  However, exciting new research has found that these are triggers for tissue growth rather than initial endometrial tissue development.

Researchers have found bacterial, viral and possibly parasitic infections may be the initial cause of endometrial tissue development [4-8] with some resistant bacteria remaining active in the female reproductive system indefinitely. 

The Good News Is, This New Theory Opens The Door To Solutions

Rethinking conventional treatment models of endometriosis (both natural and orthodox) is the first step.  With the focus of these models being on supporting healthy hormonal balance and other supporting triggers such as inflammation and auto-immune influences [2, 3] the underlying cause such as infection, is often over looked.

An individualized approach to endometriosis treatment, integrating both traditional methods such as hormonal balance and diet and lifestyle changes, with targeted natural immune support to get to the cause, means effective, long term management of endometriosis, is closer than ever before.

Stop Endometriosis in its Tracks.  Treat the Underlying Infection  

With many infections proving resistance to traditional treatments, perhaps the answer can be found in nature.  Research indicates targeted medicinal herbal support such as Andrographis paniculata, Astragalus membranaceus, Hypericum perforatum and Echinacea angustifolia, provide but just a few traditionally tried and tested options [9-12].

Narelle Stegehuis, is a practicing naturopath with over 30,000 hrs of in-clinic experience specializing in the natural treatment of women's hormonal imbalances. She is both an accomplished writer, editor and recipient of the Australian Naturopathic Excellence Award. 
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