The use of home remedies and complementary health approaches in endometriosis.

Kohl Schwartz, Alexandra; Gross, Elvira; Geraedts, Kirsten; Rauchfuss, Martina; Wölfler, Monika Maria; Häberlin, Felix; von Orelli, Stephanie; Eberhard, Markus; Imesch, Patrick; Imthurn, Bruno; Leeners, Brigitte (2019). The use of home remedies and complementary health approaches in endometriosis. Reproductive biomedicine online, 38(2), pp. 260-271. Elsevier 10.1016/j.rbmo.2018.10.009

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RESEARCH QUESTION Conventional treatments are often associated with adverse effects and endometriosis pain symptoms may reoccur despite treatment. Consequently, many women use complementary health approaches (CHA) and home remedies (HR) to relieve their pain. The aim of this study was to examine the frequency and the subjectively perceived efficacy of CHA/HR use by women affected by endometriosis. DESIGN Retrospective evaluation using medical charts and a questionnaire. Women recruited in hospitals and in self-help groups were asked about the use of 'topical heat', 'repose/relaxation', 'movement/massages', 'homeopathy/phytotherapy', 'acupuncture/traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)' and 'kinesiology/physiotherapy'. RESULTS From a total of 574 women with a confirmed diagnosis of endometriosis, 359 (62.5%) applied some form of CHA/HR. Women suffering from fatiguing disease symptoms more often selected alternative therapies (odds ratio [OR] 3.14, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.39-7.11, P = 0.006) compared with women without these characteristics. Furthermore, women dissatisfied with healthcare provided by their treating physician, more frequently (OR 2.30, 95% CI 1.19-4.45, P = 0.013) chose the aforementioned alternative strategies. CONCLUSION As conventional therapies may not be sufficiently effective, women's needs should be closely examined, and individual treatment options should be discussed and initiated by clinicians to provide the best comprehensive treatment possible for endometriosis.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology

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Kohl Schwartz, Alexandra


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Monika Zehr

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05 Apr 2019 11:17

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24 Oct 2019 04:57

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Acupuncture/TCM Complementary health approaches Endometriosis Home remedies Topical heat




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