An Endeavour College student's reflection on the Natural Health Seminar about Endometriosis and the latest research and treatment on it.

During Endometriosis Awareness Month, on the 28th March 2019, the first Natural Health Seminar was held on endometriosis at the Brisbane campus at Endeavour College. As a student it was amazing to hear from knowledgeable speakers talk about their area of expertise and to get the latest information around treatment and research. Events like these are also wonderful for creating awareness and providing information to patients so they can empower themselves with knowledge. Attending the event meant that not only was I helping to raise money for Qendo but it also gave me knowledge about how experienced practitioners in a range of modalities, are currently having success in treating patients with endometriosis.

There were five speakers in total on the night. The first speaker was Alyssa Tait who is a physiotherapist and nutritionist who specialises in visceral mobilisation. Alyssa spoke about how visceral mobilisation is a gentle manual therapy which can help with the symptoms of pelvic pain by targeting the fascia and can help improve visceral mobility, but can also help with a range of symptoms including bloating and pain. 

Dr Maz Roginski, spoke about Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Maz gave a fantastic overview about Chinese medicine, its philosophy and how it treats endometriosis. Maz gave some key takeaway points which included increasing activities which encourage relaxation, the importance of a healthy diet, in particular an autoimmune diet with plenty of cruciferous vegetables which help with liver detoxification and the importance of keeping your feet warm!

Osteopath Rebecca Malon gave a fascinating talk about how endometriosis structurally affects the body, the importance of fascia, how breathing and the nervous system can downregulate pain and some simple movements that can be done to help manage the symptoms of endo.

Stacey Woodcroft is an experienced naturopath and spoke about the importance of gut health and managing stress because of its effects on the immune system, that it can trigger epigenetic changes and that high cortisol can lead to low progesterone. Stacey also conveyed the importance of liver detoxification and her favourite tools for promoting this are cruciferous vegetables and Di-indol Methane (DIM). Stacey also believes that diet and lifestyle are key to reducing inflammation. Stacey’s favourite nutrients for endometriosis are DIM, magnesium, selenium, B6, zinc, broccoli powder and iodine, and her favourite herbs are curcumin, calendula, vitex, cinnamon and St Mary’s Thistle.

Finally, it was fantastic to hear from Justin Sinclair who presented the latest research on cannabis and highlighted its potential benefits in treating the symptoms of endometriosis. It seems as though medicinal cannabis offers so much potential for endometriosis sufferers – watch this space!
 

Posted by Meredith East-Powell
Meredith East-Powell

Meredith is a Nutrition student at Endeavour College Brisbane. Meredith is a yoga teacher and is passionate about developing recipes that support a healthy gut. Meredith shares her gut and endometriosis friendly recipes on thehealingyogi.com and on Instagram @healingyogi. Meredith is also a volunteer at qendo.org.au where she supports anyone affected by endometriosis.

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