A new ‘hidden’ use for human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) has been uncovered. It turns out that HCG – the hormone secreted in the largest quantities by human placentas – may be an effective remedy for painful endometriosis. Fortunately, this research was reported ‘only’ 10 years ago, and hasn’t lain buried for 31 years (for that, see the December 2013 and February 2014 issues of Nutrition & Healing which covered previously buried research about HCG, and the stunning story of the reversal of severe spinal cord damage).
This research was first published in 2004 and since that time no contradictory reports have been published. In other words, there’s absolutely no reason why this safe, natural therapy shouldn’t already have been tried for the thousands (or more likely tens or even hundreds of thousands) of women who’ve in effect been told ‘there’s no treatment for your problem except for birth control pills, pain pills or surgery, but it’ll improve after menopause, so hang in there’.
Endometriosis is reported to occur in 6% to 10% of all women. In this condition, cells which line the uterus migrate outside the womb to other areas in the pelvis. There they remain and grow, often causing painful menstrual periods and/or mild to severe chronic pain between menses. Endometriosis is associated with infertility, too.
In this research, 31 women with histologically verified (tissue samples were observed under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis) endometriosis were given 1,500 to 5,000 IU of HCG once or twice a week for three to 12 months.1 The results?
HCG significantly reduced pain, irritability and more!
Let’s quote the researchers themselves: “Three months of HCG therapy led to a highly significant reduction of endometriosis-related pain (p < 0.001) and to improvement of disease-related parameters such as sleeplessness (p < 0.001), irritability (p < 0.001), overall discomfort (p < 0.001), depressive moods (p < 0.001) and painful defecation (p = 0.01). Dyspareunia [painful sex] and dysmenorrhea [painful menses] also clearly improved (both p < 0.001), though HCG did not lead to significant reduction of dysuria [painful urination] (p = 0.66). Prolonged therapy with HCG for up to 12 months (mean: 4.42 months) did not lead to reduction of the beneficial effect.”
That’s impressive: endometriosis pain, sleeplessness, irritability, overall discomfort, depressive mood, and painful bowel movements, all significantly improved. The only parameter that didn’t greatly improve was painful urination. And the treatment continued to be effective for up to one year, when (apparently) the research project ended.
The report summary concluded: “HCG injections lead to significant and clinically relevant reduction in pain intensity and to greatly improved quality of life in women with therapy-refractory endometriosis.”
Natural HCG has been proven safe
Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to find any follow-up research published since this 2004 report. And the group was small, only 31 women. But HCG is safe; we all had exposure to it for approximately nine months when we were vulnerable foetuses, during which time it did us no harm at all. There’s also experimental evidence showing the non-toxic nature of even enormous quantities given to adults. (See the sidebar for details.)
So if you or a loved are suffering from endometriosis and you would rather not take birth control pills, be on a continuous dose of pain pills, have your uterus removed surgically or wait for menopause – why not consider taking this article to a doctor skilled and knowledgeable in natural medicine and natural hormone use, and discuss giving regular HCG injections a try?
Of course, even though the results of this research were very positive, results are never guaranteed. But clearly there’s reason to hope!
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 8, Issue 9 – September 2014
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