Endometriosis is a chronic, debilitating condition which affects 1 in 10 women. Symptoms usually include pelvic pain, heavy, painful periods and issues with fertility. In Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and ear seeds are used to support endometriosis symptoms, alleviating cramping, pain, heavy bleeding and balancing hormones. In this blog post, we'll explain how ear seeds work and how you can use them for endometriosis.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Symptoms of endometriosis may include pelvic pain, fatigue, infertility, painful sex, heavy, painful periods and painful bowel movements or urination.
Ear seeds are tiny seeds that are traditionally made from a seed of the vaccaria plant. Our modern take on ear seeds use tiny metal beads, coated in 24k gold or silver plating, attached to a clear adhesive sticker. They have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat a variety of ailments.
How Do Ear Seeds Work?
Ear seeds work by stimulating pressure points in the ear that are associated with specific areas of the body. When applied on the ear, ear seeds help to release endorphins, which are natural pain killers produced by your body. Endorphins also help to reduce stress and promote feelings of well-being. Additionally, ear seeds can help to improve circulation in the body and reduce inflammation.
How can Ear Seeds help with Endometriosis
According to current research, ear seeds can promote blood circulation and regulate hormones. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect and are effective for pain relief because of their effect on blood chemistry and in particular endorphin levels.
In December 2002, The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine published a study of 67 women who were suffering from dysmenorrhea due to endometriosis. Half of this group received ear acupuncture whilst the other half did not have treatment. In the acupuncture group 81% of the women had less painful periods after receiving the acupuncture treatments.
How to Use Ear Seeds for Endometriosis
1. Buy an ear seed kit and women's health guide to access the menstrual issue ear map.
2. Using the ear map, apply your ear seeds onto the acupressure points to help regulate your cycle, nourish your body, reduce cramps and balance hormones. We recommend applying them just before your period starts, or on the first day of bleeding.
3. Massage the points reguarly to boost the effects. Keep them in place for 5 days and then dispose of the seeds.