The Holistic Treatment for Endometriosis That You’ve Never Heard Of: Part 2
Holistic medicine opens up a world of treatment options for endometriosis suffers. PeriSteaming, as described in part 1 of this story, can be a game-changer for endo sufferers.
But, for most women on a holistic path of healing, PeriSteaming is part of a 1-2 punch, along with Arvigo®, which are the techniques of Maya abdominal therapy, as adapted by Dr. Rosita Arvigo. Dr. Arvigo apprenticed with Mayan healer Don Elijio Panti for 12 years, learning about herbal remedies and other traditional Belizean healing practices. She has gone on to make these treatments available worldwide. Arvigo, as a practice, helps cure painful menstrual cycles, irregular menstrual cycles, abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, depression with menstruation and, yes, endometriosis. It is also said to help with chronic fatigue, migraines and restricted breathing due to trauma.
What is Arvigo?
Teresa Harris, owner of Womb Abloom Belly Wellness Studio, based in Ormond Beach, Florida, is a certified Arvigo® practitioner. She describes Arvigo this way: “Arvigo is a non-invasive massage technique focusing on the abdomen, lower back and sacrum, and it helps reposition the abdominal and pelvic organs, which may have shifted from trauma, abdominal surgery, pregnancy, a fall or gravity.”
This practice restores blood flow, nerve conduction and energy flow to the entire pelvic region. Arvigo is a combination of massage, as well as castor oil pack—and what’s called a faja, or abdominal support wrap. The therapy can also include nutritional and herbal support.
Alternative options for endometriosis care
Dr. Arvigo recommends working with a practitioner, but also suggests professional support be done in tandem with self-care massage for the most effective outcome. Harris found Arvigo when Western medicine failed to make her endometriosis more bearable. She says: “I had endo for a decade before I was diagnosed. Then I had surgery in 2016. I was promised by my doctor that my periods would get better—but instead they got worse.”
Shortly after her surgery for endo, Harris miscarried. Disheartened with Western medicine, she started seeking alternative solutions. She found PeriSteaming, and along with it, Arvigo therapy. It’s the combination of these two alternative medicine treatments that she relied upon, and it is what she recommends to her clients who are seeking relief from menstrual complications, including endometriosis.
“At my center, 100 percent of clients do both for menstrual pain relief,” she says. She recommends that someone try both therapies for at least 4 to 6 menstrual cycles. Some women will find relief immediately, and some need a few treatments before endo symptoms lessen. Harris found relief fairly quickly. “After 3 months of continuous therapy, I no longer had these ridiculous periods. They just didn’t come back,” she says.
As for how long one would need to seek treatment, Harris says this: “You don’t have to stay on them forever. For maintenance, I do my steaming every month. The way I see it is that you want to maintain the health you gain.”
Harris offers Arvigo treatments in the Ormond Beach area of Florida. For anyone outside the area, you can find a local Arvigo practitioner here.
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