Monday, January 12, 2009

Endometriosis and Valeriana Officinalis (Valerian)

As we mentioned in previous articles, endometriosis growing somewhere else other than the endometrium also reacts to hormonal signals of the monthly menstrual cycle by building up tissue, breaking it, and eliminating it through the menstrual period. As we know, herbs play a very important role in some cultures in treating all kinds of diseases. In this article, we will discuss how valeriana officinalis helps to treat endometriosis.

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I. Definition
Valerian is a hardy perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers. It is best known for its use as a pain reliever and sedative.

II. How valerian effects women with endometriosis
1. Nervous system
Valerian helps to treat insomnia and other kinds of sleeping disorder by calming the overactive nervous system caused by excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain as resulting of hormonal imbalance between estrogen and progesterone during menstrual cycle.
Intake of valerian is said to have a property like benezodiazepine drugs, because it is highly sedative which helps to reduce the tension of nervous system such as irritation, anxiety, and depression during menstrual cycle.

3. Intake with vitamin C
Some women saw no effect of valerian in treating their symptoms of endometriosis because of digestive problem. Intake of valerian with vitamin C will help to improve its absorption and enhance the effectiveness.

4. Essential oils
The essential oils made from valerian have a calming effect in abdominal pain. By placing some oils on the skin of the abdomen and gently massage until the oil is completely absorbed will help to relieve the menstrual pain.

5. Improve liver function
Valerian contains alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) in alcohol metabolism that helps to break down by an enzyme in the liver cells. It is important for women with endometriosis who also have a history of drinking problems. By avoiding the alcohol damage to the liver, valerian helps to strengthen the liver in metabolisms of fatty acids, and protein that lessen risk of menstrual symptoms.

Since endometriosis is treatable and manageable by natural remedies and a self help course, if you have endometroisis, please look on the bright side.

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