I have gone on a mad hunt to find more supplements out there to reduce Endometriosis and the Endometriosis symptoms we all experience. It is exciting to find so many! The list is very long and I am adamant that I will research every supplement thoroughly before I take any of them or more importantly recommend anything to you.
When you first read any of the sites about Endometriosis and natural methods they recommend, they are often quite weak in their research and unfortunately will claim to solve Endometriosis with one supplement, one herb or an “easy solution.” The supplement is often lumped with a variety of herbs and a very basic explanation is given on how it would work for Endometriosis. They also sell them as a “woman’s solution” and that they help anything from ovarian cysts to fibroids. Sorry to be a complete sceptic but when a site lumps Endometriosis with every other woman’s condition, I straight away become doubtful about what they are recommending. Endometriosis is different. Our hormonal imbalances are not all the same. Hence my hesitancy in taking a supplement which focuses solely on hormones as a solution for Endometriosis.
As I read through and discover more and more about the body and how it all works, I have come to an interesting conclusion about our healing… ONE supplement is never going to solve Endometriosis. It would be wonderful if it did but unfortunately the body is just not as simple as that.
Here’s the thing…
The body is smart. It does the best that it can with what it is given. Its mission is to stay alive and to function as best it can. In some cases the body overcompensates and overreacts to situations to survive. This may be annoying but it is only doing what it thinks it needs to. We know this one well as it is an inflammatory response.
Anyway, so we read that we should take a supplement, perhaps Maca or DIM or Nattokinase to alleviate our symptoms with Endometriosis. We go natural as we really want our bodies to heal and not just hide behind symptoms. After several months of taking a supplement we wonder if it is doing anything at all. We take them religiously and watch our body’s reaction and really hope that things are going to get better. In some of us a supplement might work to some degree and in some of us it might do nothing at all. Why is that? What can we do?
The biggest thing I learnt a long time ago about supplements is exactly that… they are there to “supplement” what you are already doing. They help the body heal. HELP! They cannot cure or heal us all on their own.
I guess it is hard initially to accept a different approach to healing holistically. I know when I first started with natural healing methods, I also believed that ONE supplement would give me all the answers. When they didn’t work, I would dismiss them and move onto the next one. This is very similar to the typical medical methods of healing. Take ONE drug, one tablet and if that doesn’t work, try something else. Hey, many of us went through one or other drug, contraceptive pill or hormonal treatment to try and solve our symptoms with Endometriosis, so it is natural to follow this way of thinking through to natural healing. Unfortunately it just doesn’t work that way. We are aiming for something much bigger than just solving SYMPTOMS! We are aiming for complete natural healing.
Supplements play a vital role in our healing. Their purpose is simple enough: they will help the body heal itself naturally. If the body is lacking in a certain area, we give it the necessary tools to finish the job, like helping an old lady cross the road. We give her a hand, stop the traffic, calm her down so she takes steady steps and give her a firm guide on which direction she should take. The same applies to our approach to healing. We provide the tools the body needs to find its path to healing. This includes supplements, nutrition, mental health, lifestyle changes and emotional health. Holistic healing, in a nutshell.
We all need different supplements to help our individual bodies heal. For some of us we need more hormonal help, for some of us we need more digestive help, toxin release, emotional healing etc. Thing is, we are all different and our bodies are all different in what they need.
Study, research and delve into all aspects of your body and what areas it needs help with. Learn to listen to it and give it what it needs. If you suffer from a symptom, acknowledge it and heal that one symptom. A simple example is heartburn. Work out when you have heartburn, study it and recognize when it happens. Then listen and learn from what you did to get it. I notice I get heartburn if I have too much sugar. If you follow this through to all aspects of your body, focusing on one symptom at time, eventually you can cross most of them off the list.
The body is one big puzzle. We give it supplements to help it heal all its various organs and functions, and eventually we find a perfectly balanced and happy, healed body!