Treating Endometriosis Holistically
by Dr. Susan Lange
A chronic and often painful condition, endometriosis
occurs when cells lining the uterus migrate to the bladder, ovaries,
colon or other organs. During menstruation, these cells bleed and cause
inflammation and discomfort. Many women experience pain in the abdomen,
bowels or lower back, and intercourse may be painful, too. In addition,
as much as 25 percent of all infertility is related to endometriosis.
“There are a number of things that can contribute to endometriosis,” says
Susan Lange, “ranging from bacterial or fungal infections to trauma
and repressed emotions that affect the liver.” Acupuncture is helpful
for treating the condition, says Julian Lange, and additional support
from herbs and flower essences are useful, too.
Flower essences should be tailored to each individual, too, says Susan. Arnica, for example, is beneficial for a patient who has experienced trauma, such as a car accident. Sticky Monkeyflower helps overcome blocked intimacy due to unresolved pain about past relationships. Mariposa Lily is good for healing emotional wounds from childhood, Crab Apple alleviates feelings of shame, and Star of Bethlehem is helpful for a woman who doesn’t feel “fully in her body.” Susan recommends patients follow the dosage directions on the essence they choose, since there is no danger of overdosing with these very gentle remedies. “If someone is terribly weak or fragile, though, I have them start with as low a dose as one drop a day and work up to more,” says Susan. The Langes may also suggest certain patients give up caffeine, chocolate and/or alcohol, because of their effects on the liver.
About Drs. Susan and Julian Lange, OMD, L. Ac.
Susan Lange received her acupuncture training from England’s International College of Oriental Medicine. She is also a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and of the Institute of Core Energetics. Julian Lange has a degree in homeopathic medicine from Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in Northern California, and studied acupuncture at the New England College of Acupuncture in Boston. He also attended Zongshan Medical College in the Peoples Republic of China. Both have doctoral degrees in Oriental Medicine from Samra University in Los Angeles.
Susan Lange, OMD, L.Ac., and Julian Lange, OMD, L.Ac, Meridian Center for Personal and Environmental Health, Santa Monica, CA 310-395-9525; firstname.lastname@example.org
Excerpts reprinted with permission from Let ’s Live magazine and Marie Moneysmith, April 2003
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