Endometriosis is considered an inflammatory disease that can lead to chronic pelvic pain, severe menstrual cramps, fertility issues, painful urination and more. Acupuncture provides a safe natural and noninvasive approach to treating endometriosis by reducing inflammation and reducing pain. A 2017 systematic review evaluated ten studies which summarized:
Acupuncture reduced pain levels as compared to control groups.
Acupuncture had a notable positive effect on peripheral blood CA-125 levels compared to control groups. CA-125 is a well-established biomarker for several types of cancer and benign conditions including endometriosis and menstrual disorders.
Acupuncture may reduce the recurrence rate of endometriosis.
Xu, Y., Zhao, W., Li, T., Zhao, Y., Bu, H., & Song, S. (2017). Effects of acupuncture for the treatment of endometriosis-related pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PloS one, 12(10), e0186616. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0186616