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The traditional naturopathic treatments utilised for the management of endometriosis and associated symptoms.


Rebecca Reid is a PhD student at the University of Technology Sydney and is one of the appointed Visiting Scholars for the International Naturopathy Research Leadership Program at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at UTS. Rebecca is also employed at the Office of Research at Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Introduction: Naturopaths are educated to use a variety of disciplines in the care of women experiencing menstrual disorders such as endometriosis. However, to date there is limited research on naturopathic prescribing practices for these conditions, both from a traditional and contemporary viewpoint.

Methods: A document analysis of traditional texts relating to the practice of naturopathy was undertaken at the National University of Natural Medicine, Portland Oregon through their Rare Books collection. Traditional texts were included if they described the naturopathic treatment for endometriosis or associated symptoms such as dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia and where the author had a clear connection to the naturopathic profession.

Results: A total of 37 traditional texts and 45 traditional journals within the year range of 1800 to 1942 were included. A majority of texts describe the use of herbal medicine for the treatment of endometriosis-associated symptoms of dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia. Of the mentioned herbal medicines, Blue Cohosh, Black Cohosh, Black Haw, Cramp Bark, Ergot and Golden Seal were frequently mentioned. A number of the selected texts described homeopathic remedies, hydrotherapy and lifestyle interventions for the management for dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia.

Discussion: There is a rich history of traditional naturopathic texts that describe the use of herbal medicine in the management of dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia. Although endometriosis was discovered in 1927 and none of the assessed texts explicitly stated the disease, yet a number of texts described an ambiguous condition of hysterics and menstrual malfunction with presentation of other symptoms, which may be indicative of endometriosis prior to its discovery.

(10th International Conference on Herbal Medicine)

Miss Rebecca Reid (1,2)

(1) Endeavour College Of Natural Health, Brisbane, Australia, (2) University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, Australia

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Title Annotation:10th International Conference on Herbal Medicine
Author:Reid, Rebecca
Publication:Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Mar 1, 2017
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