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Endometriosis and Preparing for IVF Cycle

by Mary

Hi, I've wrote you back in March before my 2nd IVF cycle, and the cycle failed :( Now I am trying to be positive and prepare for the next cycle which I hope to do in the fall. Before that, I really want to focus on managing my endometriosis.

I have a severe case and after 2 surgeries (2006 Laparotomy for fibroid and endo, 2008 Laparoscopy for endo), I still have 2 small endometriosis. After this failed IVF cycle, my pain seemed to start happening.(I never really had severe pain from endo, except pulling feeling cramp on my back and some bloated stomach).

There are 3 questions I have for you:

1 Is there an effective herbal treatment for treating/curing endo? Some people recommend 2 different formula for 2 phases in period cycle, and other recommend tablet or liquid herb to take 2-3 times a day. Which one is more effective? Do you have such formula that I can do at home?

FYI, I am taking birth control pill, prenatal, cranberry tablet (I had frequent UTI last year and had Leep done for pre-cancerous cell), folic acid, and acidophilus.

2 Is there vitamin I should add/omit? I also didn't want to become like vitamin pill maniac as I a taking many already...Is there way to adjust this?

3 I know I should probably find a holistic doctor in town, but don't know where to start to find the right one. Do you have suggestions or source in New York City?

I am doing yoga, meditation and castor oil packs.

Thank you,



Hi Mary,

Hi Mary, I am sorry to learn that your second IVF treatment failed.

1. A good herbal remedy for endometriosis is EndoEx. It supports your entire menstrual cycle. This is a natural treatment that needs a few months to act and give relief.

This remedy contains:

Vitex agnus-castus to support ovulation and progesterone production. In women with endometriosis, estrogen levels tend to go up. Higher than normal estrogen levels is known to stimulate more endometrial growth and migration.

The best way to keep estrogen levels normal is to balance them with progesterone. In fact, estrogen and progesterone counterbalance each other, where estrogen is higher during the first phase of the cycle and progesterone during the second phase, after ovulation.

Dong Quai helps increase blood circulation to the uterus, improving stagnant blood condition often related to endometriosis.

Milk Thistle helps cleanse the liver. The liver is where the hormones are manufactured and destroyed.

If the liver is overloaded, this process becomes inefficient and excess estrogen hormones tend to be re-introduced into the circulation.

Supporting the liver helps increase hormonal balance by eliminated surplus hormones, especially if you consider that most people ingest hormones from tap water, dairy and non organic meat.

Wild Yam is used to reduce uterine spasm and t helps prevent cramping.

Viburnum opulus is a homeopathic remedy known to support the uterus. This is used in homeopathy to treat endometriosis and other uterine problems.

EndoEx can be taken during both the follicular and luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.

Other formulas have specific herbs for each phase. These formulas help balance the hormones, while EndoEx is more specific for healing the endometrium and maintain uterine health.

These formulas are Harmonize Phase 1 & 2, that should be taken at each phase of the month.

2. If you have endometriosis, there are specific vitamins that you should incorporate. These are:

DIM, Pycogenol, Omega 3, Bee propolis, and maca.

Vitamin E: 800 IU
Vitamin C: 2-5 grams
Magnesium: 500 mg
Grape-seed extract: 400 mg

Avoid gluten, red meat, hydrogenated oils, fast foods, soy and dairy.

Avoid pesticides, chemicals and use only 100% organic feminine products. Avoid creams and shampoos that contain parabens. These are xenostrogens that stimulate endometrial tissue to grow.

3. In New York, you should be able to find an acupuncturist that can help you for sure. Eileen Chen from specializes in infertility and acupuncture for IVF.

Many Blessings!

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Endometriosis Herbal Formula
by: Maria Gioia Atzori

Hi Mary,

You can make your own endometriosis formula each for each phase. These come from Amanda McQuade, Herbal Remedies for Women's Book.

Phase 1

1 oz Vitex
2 oz Cramp Bark
2 oz Yarrow
2 oz Skullcap
1 oz Wild Yam

Mix these herbs inside a glass container.

Phase 2

2 oz Vitex
1 oz Blue cohosh root
1 oz Sarsaparilla root
2 oz Milk thistle seed
1 oz partridgeberry herb
2 oz Wild yam root

Mix these herbs in a glass container, take 1 oz of the mix add 3 cups of boiling water, steep for 20 minutes and drink 3 cups day between meals.

These protocol should be used for a minimum of 3 months to be effective.

Many Blessings!

Accupuncture and holistic doctor?
by: Mary

Hi Maria,

Thank you very much for your reply.

1 Can Endo-Ex shrink the endometriosis?
2 Is Endo-Ex better option than 2 phases herbal treatment? (Phase1 formula decreases excess estrogen during the luteal phase of the cycle. Phase 2 formula balances progesterone and shrinks and heals endometrial lesions).
3 Thank you very much for referring me to a doctor in New York City! As I will live in remote area in Africa for 6 months, I won't be able to do acupuncture. Can she still be a holistic doctor who can advise me what herb to take etc?

Thank you!!

Herbal Remedies for Endometriosis
by: Maria Gioia Atzori

Herbal remedies like EndoEx can be very effective in addressing endometriosis symptoms and reducing endometrial implants. Endometriosis is a condition that needs also a particular diet and life style.

How your body will respond to herbal treatment depends on the extend of the endometriosis and the level of pelvic inflammation that it is causing. Each woman responds differently, but overall, improvement is always noticed.

The 2 phase protocol helps balance the hormones but so does EndoEx. It is possible to alternate between the two treatments as see which one works best.

There are also mental and emotional issues associated with this condition that need to be looked at. releasing mental and emotional limiting thoughts and believes about your conditions can be very useful.

A Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner can help you with both acupuncture and by recommended specific Chinese herbs for your specific condition.

All the best.

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