Endometriosis, Infertility and Acne
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Shelley
Posted on: August 06, 2006

I am a victim of endometrosis. I am 35 and have never been pregnant and I have suffered from chronic acne for about 20 years. I have tried everything from Detox to Accutane. I am trying to have a baby and my chin breaks out. I believe that my receptors are not functioning properly and the testosterone is releasing in my face (around my mouth, chin and neck) Where a man would grow a beard. Problem is that I think this is also prohibiting me from getting pregnant? Do you have any feedback or herbal remedies that you would suggest? I have a cupboard of herbs from Burdock root to Yellow dock, alphabetically speaking.

Endometriosis, the appearance of endometrial tissue in abnormal places, is a hormone-related condition and a factor in infertility. It is difficult to treat, requiring the help of a medical specialist. The treatment is different for each individual and the treatment requires follow up. I recommend Amanda McQuade Crawford’s "Herbal Remedies for Women" (available at Richters) to enable you to understand all of the factors involved and how you can use diet and herbs for your individual needs. The factors involved in endometriosis may prevent you from having a healthy pregnancy.

Acne is often hormone-related. It may disappear when you have balanced your hormones during your treatment for endometriosis. Other factors in acne include poor diet, weakness in the lymphatic system, poor bowel or kidney function, lack of exercise and stress. All of the underlying causes that apply to you must be addresses, or the treatment will not be lasting. Herbs can address many of these imbalances. Red clover flowers work on the lymphatic system. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) supports the liver, and is anti-inflammatory. Dandelion root supports the liver in its role of processing toxins, and encourages elimination by the bowel Dandelion leaf supports elimination by the kidney. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) relaxes the nerves

Henriette’s Herbal website (www.henriettesherbal.com) has some good information on endometriosis and infertility. The following are two of the best items: http://www.henriettesherbal.com/archives/best/2000/infertility.html http://www.henriettesherbal.com/archives/best/1994/endo.html One of the important factors mentioned here is the common presence of candida in endometriosis.

To find a qualified practitioner to help you, please see our website at www.richters.com. Choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then enter "herbalist" for the search. The item "Finding a Herbalist" lists organizations of qualified natural practitioners. Ask for a practitioner who is experienced with your needs, and who will work with you by phone if necessary.

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