Endometriosis and the Autoimmune System
Endometriosis is a disorder affecting nearly 10% of women between ages 15 and 44. It is often painful, especially during menstrual cycles, and can lead to fertility issues. While effective treatments are available to treat endometriosis, Jennifer Waters, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. believes in the natural healing powers of the body, crediting the autoimmune system for helping her clients with endometriosis. The key is providing the body with the right tools to heal itself.
What Is Endometriosis?
This condition develops when abnormal tissue forms outside of the uterus. The endometrium is the lining of the inside of the uterus, and this abnormal tissue mimics it, though it grows in areas it’s not supposed to. These include:
- Fallopian tubes
- Tissue lining of the pelvis
- Ligaments surrounding the uterus
- Beyond the pelvic organ region (rare)
The abnormal, endometrial-like tissue thickens, breaks down, and bleeds during every menstrual cycle, just as the endometrium does. However, the abnormal tissue cannot exit the body, becoming trapped and potentially resulting in endometriomas (a type of cyst). Other healthy tissue nearby can also be affected, developing adhesions and scar tissue in the long term.
Recap of the Video
Jennifer Waters, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. begins by explaining how the body heals itself. “We are supremely designed to heal and restore,” she says. “Luckily, through the decades, I have gathered a lot of information, and it is my wish, hope, and desire that I’m able to share it with you.” Client education is a huge part of her practice, and she’s here to help with information, treatment protocols, and other ways of thinking about health vs. disease.
Over the course of the video, Jennifer Waters, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. discusses topics such as:
- Ways to support the body to heal itself (i.e. acupuncture, herbs, functional nutrition, phototherapy, and more)
- How western medicine views endometriosis
- The anatomy of the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes
- Impacts on individual blood flow and menstruation
- Benefits of knowing as much as possible about your body
- Identifying triggers and enhancing your spiritual practice
- Treatment options for endometriosis that don’t require medication or surgery
- And so much more…
Learn More from Jennifer Waters, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Jennifer Waters, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. is an expert acupuncturist and light therapist, offering a wide range of therapeutic services in Syracuse, New York, and nationally. She helps countless women each year with endometriosis and other conditions relating to the female reproductive system. Her mantra resonates with each and every client after learning what she can do for them: “It’s what you do every day that matters most.”