Research

Artemesia leaf kills endo cells

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Coping, Featured, Nutrition, Research, Symptoms | 2 comments

Artemesia leaf kills endo cells

Recent research has proven that the effects of the artmesia leaf on endometriosis cells are a powerful antiendometriotic agent. Artemisia leaf has been used historically for malaria prevention and for the treatment of gynaecological disorders such as dysmenorrhoea. This latest study investigated the effect of Artemisia princeps extract the cell growth of human endometriotic cells. Read more on the research summary here. Artemesia is also often referred to as Wormwood, and can be bought as a dried herb, tincture or tea. However, wormwood is not legal in all countries and must be used with...

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Musical endorphins – pain management

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Coping, Featured, News, Pain, Research | 0 comments

Musical endorphins – pain management

In our myriad ways of managing pain levels this one may not always be at the top of the list, but we would do well to remember the power of music. A new study shows that endorphins can be raised to aid a better mood and tolerance for pain by performing music. Read the abstract here: “It is well known that music arouses emotional responses. In addition, it has long been thought to play an important role in creating a sense of community, especially in small scale societies. One mechanism by which it might do this is through the endorphin system, and there is evidence to support this...

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Mistletoe for endo

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Featured, Pain, Research, Symptoms, Treatment | 0 comments

Mistletoe for endo

Seasonally appropriate, mistletoe is an unusual contender in dealing with endometriosis. Not just for kissing under, Mistletoe is purported to inhibit the growth of endometrial cells; so, pucker up and listen! Dr Moon, from the Seoul National University in Korea, investigated the anti-angiogenic effect of mistletoe, a known immune modulator, on women with endometriosis. For 2 years, 40 women between the ages of 25 and 50 took part in the study, during which endometrial tissue was collected from inside and the outside the uterus and tissues cultured. Endometrial stromal cells were then...

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Can endometriosis be predicted?

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in Diagnosis, Research | 1 comment

The first global study to develop predictive models of endometriosis was presented last month at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Study coordinator Kelechi Nnoaham MD DPhil presented data from the World Endometriosis Research Foundation’s Women’s Health Symptoms Study (WHSS)  which set out to assess whether endometriosis can be predicted using data from a woman’s symptoms and medical history. “The research was a two-phase study of 1,396 women aged between 18 and 45 attending for a first surgery because of symptoms suggestive of...

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Poll results: Coping with endo infographic

Posted by on Nov 22, 2012 in Coping, Experience, Research | 1 comment

Poll results: Coping with endo infographic

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Dioxin and endometriosis

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Featured, Research | 3 comments

Dioxin and endometriosis

Dioxins are environmental pollutants and belong to the “dirty dozen” – a group of toxic chemicals known to be persistent organic pollutants. Dioxins have highly toxic potential, and experiments show that they affect a number of organs and systems. Dioxins endure a long time in the body due to their ability to be absorbed by fat tissue which is then stored in the body; they are known to  cause cancer, reproductive harm, hormonal disturbances, and central nervous system damage. Sounds like something to avoid, wouldn’t you say? So, what of dioxins and endo? According to...

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