The Journey to TLC Medicine: Introducing Founder Teresa Lau

By TLC Medicine  

Here at TLC Medicine, we believe in guiding you on your personal journey towards healing. Today, we’re shedding light on a common but often misunderstood condition — endometriosis. It’s our hope that with understanding, we can navigate towards better health and brighter tomorrows, together.

 

What is Endometriosis?

Think of endometriosis like a beautiful flower growing in the wrong garden bed. The tissue that forms the lining of the uterus (endometrium), ideally grows inside the womb where it provides nourishment for a developing baby. In endometriosis, this tissue spreads outside the uterus, to places such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes, mimicking the monthly menstruation cycle. But with no exit route, it can lead to discomfort and potential health challenges.

 

The Scope of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is far from a rare condition. Roughly one in ten women during their reproductive years, which equates to approximately 176 million women worldwide and 200,000 to 400,000 in Canada alone, live with endometriosis.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis

Symptoms of endometriosis resemble a wide spectrum, from intense lower abdominal or pelvic pain, profuse periods, to unease during or after intimacy. Fertility challenges may also be a sign. But remember, the intensity of discomfort doesn’t necessarily signify the severity of endometriosis; every body is unique.

 

Diagnosing Endometriosis

A doctor can confirm endometriosis through a procedure called a laparoscopy, which involves inserting a tiny camera into the abdomen to observe any misplaced endometrial tissue. Prior to this, discussions around your symptoms, medical history and potentially an ultrasound scan can guide your doctor towards this diagnosis.

 

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective on Endometriosis

In the gentle wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), endometriosis mirrors a condition called “Blood Stasis,” where the normal flow of energy (Qi) and blood in the body is disrupted. TCM aims to restore harmony to this flow and stimulate your body’s inherent healing abilities.

 

Navigating Treatments for Endometriosis

Your journey towards wellness is personal, and we’re here to guide you.

● Conventional Treatments: Your healthcare provider can guide you through different treatments that might encompass pain relief, hormone therapy, or in some circumstances, surgical options.

● Alternative Approaches: The beauty of alternatives like acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary modifications is that they work together with conventional therapies. They treat the whole being, recognizing that health is more than just the absence of disease.

What remains certain is that your body has an inherent power to heal. At TLC Medicine, alongside the medical treatments, we encourage you to explore healing strategies that resonate with you personally – be it yoga, meditation, or other practices.

Remember, you’re not just a patient. You’re an individual with a unique path towards healing. At TLC Medicine, we’re committed to walking that path with you, combining science and traditional wisdom, caring for your body, mind, and spirit in harmony.