Natural Ways to Heal from Endometriosis Surgery
Surgery for endometriosis involves a laparoscopy. During this procedure carbon dioxide gas is pumped through a tube inserted through an incision to inflate your tummy.
Once the surgeons have completed their mission, excision or ablation surgery, they stitch you back up. However this carbon dioxide gas can remain. For me, this experience post surgery is the culprit of so much excruciating pain, all mashed together with serious abdominal and pelvic discomfort.
Additional to the bloating and cramps, this gas travels up to irritate the diaphragm, which can in turn irritate the phrenic nerve ending in the shoulders. It’s bloody painful. On top of this my body (liver) doesn’t metabolize anaesthetic very well and is very sensitive to pain medication often leaving me feeling dizzy, weak, feverish and disorientated.
In previous surgeries, this pain and the after effects of the anaesthetic and drugs would go on for nearly up to a month or so. However this time was different. It lasted less than a week and that’s why it’s one of the key topics I’m talking about this week.
This below list covers NATURAL ways to eliminate the carbon dioxide gas, detox from the anaesthetic drugs, nourish bruising and swelling as part of the recovery process and talks all things keeping calm.
POST SURGERY NATURAL HEALING
Eliminating Carbon Dioxide Gas
Hot Peppermint Tea. This is the go to and heavily recommended now. However, I only used peppermint tea in the first couple of days after surgery. Why? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) peppermint has a cooling effect on our organs. If you read my previous blog on “Preparing for Endo Surgery” you will know our liver and kidneys (key for eliminating and detoxing) don’t like to operate in damp cool environments. They work more efficiently in warming environments.
Hot Ginger Tea. This root/spice is also known to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Warm spices like these are your livers best friend. According to TCM, these warming foods decongest, strengthen and therefore nourish your liver improving the flow of qi (energy), blood and detoxing excess hormones like estrogen.
Raphanus. A homeopathic remedy to encourage the carbon dioxide to leave your system and therefore help with the pain. Visit a Homeopathic Doctor to source.
Massage. Ask a friend or loved one to massage your shoulders and back, massaging the bubbles of gas in a downward motion rub.
Anaesthetic & Drugs Detox
Homeopathic Remedies. Prior to this operation, I started working with a Homeopathic Doctor who created a personalised anaesthetic detox medicine to help strengthen my liver and eliminate the drugs.
Water. So obvious that it’s often forgotten about – especially in winter time. Drinking lots of water is going to help your body eliminate toxins. Sip throughout the day.
Turmeric & Cinnamon. Full of antioxidants these spices will help you detox and recover from anaesthetic. They’re also great in reducing inflammation.
Fibre rich diet. Including lots of broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage which all contain compounds that help detoxification.
Vitamin B, C and Magnesium. Again, many of these nutrients have antioxidant properties that play an important role in the body’s detoxification mechanisms that are facilitated by the liver.
Pineapple juice. Being December I opted for hot and warming drinks, however pineapple juice has really helped me with past endo surgeries due to it’s healing anti-inflammatory properties.
Arnica Blend. A homeopathic remedy used to treat deep pain within the body stimulating it to heal itself.
Natural Pain Management
Arnica Blend. As above.
Deep Abdominal Breath. When we’re in pain, many of us are breathing shallow breaths into our chest. However the quality of our breath has a far wider impact than just on our lungs. Our diaphragm is a large massaging muscle on lower organs too. By inviting the breath down in the lower abdomen we’re improving digestive, adrenal, liver, uterine, ovarian, pelvic floor, bowel and bladder functions. We’re inviting fresh energy and healing into our womb and pelvic space, which can also really help with pain management.
Ujjayi Breath “Ocean Breath”. Begin with this breath and work your way up to deep abdominal breathing. It may be that you’re in too much pain to take full deep breaths, especially if you’re experiencing shoulder and pelvic pain. To combat this I use Ujjayi Breath also known as ocean breath. By slightly contracting your throat, you inhale and exhale the breath to the back of the throat creating an audible husky sounding noise. This really helps to deliver quality oxygen down into the body and allows you to focus, helping to manage and control pain.
Reiki. Reiki heals and clears stagnant energy blocks and patterns so energy can flow freely in your body. This energy is deeply nourishing helping to soothe chronic conditions, release trauma and assist in physical recovery.
Bowel – Organic Psyllium Husks. For anyone that has Endo and/or adhesions on their bowel, you’ll know the pain and frustration it can bring. I use Organic Psyllium Husks which is a powder rich in fibre, thiamine and niacin, riboflavin and B6 all helping healthy digestion and pain management.
Mantra/Affirmation. A word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation, however also extremely useful in pain management. I use “This too shall pass”. Give it a go, or create your own phrase as a tool to help you through.
Keeping your Calm
Releasing Guilt. For being off work, for not being able to socialise, help around the house or insert your own here…. Your healing is IMPORTANT. I too know those feeling all too well when you feel like you have to put your life on hold, but this is a truly magical time to rest and nourish yourself. Embrace the quiet time to get to know your body, the world outside will be waiting for when you’re better.
Meditation. Sit quietly with yourself, whether it’s 5 breaths, 5 or 50 minutes, grant yourself permission to re-centre yourself as much as you need to.
Visualisation. If you’re a visual person, imagine drawing white light (or you could tune in each day and see what colour arises) either down from the crown of your head or up from the roots of your feet inviting nourishing healing energy to every space within the body.
Hot Organic Cacao & Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is a unique adaptogenic herb, meaning it supports the body's ability to cope with physical and psychological stressors. It reduces cortisol (stress hormone) and encourages deep deep sleep.
Aromatherapy Oils. A wild and calming organic mix of Lavender and Geranium to balance hormones. This blend also acts as a tonic on the nervous system and is great for invigorating cells for tiredness, fatigue and convalescence.
Yoni Nirda. A Yoga Nidra (known as yogic sleep) created for women’s health by my loving teacher Uma Dinsmore-Tuli available here. This link is a selection of nourishing meditative practices to promote cervical wellness, and vaginal, ovarian and womb health. I love to play them just before bed. Golden!