Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Natural cures for fibroids

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Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus (womb). Fibroids are also known as uterine fibroids, myomas or fibromyomas they comprise of smooth muscle and fibrous tissues. One in every four women between the age of 30 to 50 years develop one or more fibroids in their lifetime and fibroids can sometimes run in families. The size of fibroids can be as small as a pea or as large as a melon and may increase or decrease in size over time. There are some instances were fibroids may even disappear over time. They may occur anywhere in the uterus and are thus named accordingly;
  1. Intramural Fibroids are common and grow in the muscle tissue of the uterus.
  2. Pedunculated Fibroids grow outside the uterus and are attached by a narrow stalk.
  3. Subserous Fibroids grow outside the uterus wall into the pelvis.
  4. Submucous Fibroids grow from the inner wall into the uterus.
Fibroids are triggered by estrogen (the hormone produced in the womb) and tend to swell when
estrogen levels are high and shrink when they are low. During menopause fibroids tend to shrink as estrogen levels are low but by taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will slow down their shrinking in size.

Symptoms associated with Fibroids include;
  • Bloating and swelling
  • Bladder and bowel symptoms
  • Heavy or painful periods
  • Miscarriage and infertility
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Problems during child birth
There are natural remedies available to curing Fibroids these include;
  1. Agnus Castus which  is herb that is taken orally and helps to regulate the production of estrogen by increasing the production of the hormone progesterone balancing out estrogen levels and reducing the size of fibroids.
  2. Chasteberry tincture is another natural remedy which can be used to shrink fibroid and eliminate them entirely. It reduces excess estrogen at the same time balancing out the hormones and reducing inflammation.
  3. Goldenseal is a nature remedy used to keep the uterus free from infection and inflammation. It is a bitter herb administered orally to help the liver metabolize excess estrogen.
  4. Cramp bark will help ease menstrual cramps and pain and is taken as a tea.
  5. Red raspberry relieves cramping and normalize the uterus. The active astringent helps normalize menstrual flow.
  6. False unicorn is a tonic that helps regulate menstruation.
  7. Siberian ginseng is effective in balancing out hormone levels and ingested orally.
Other natural remedies which are effective in reducing fibroids include garlic, onions, yallow, Echinacea and Sequoia buds. Heavy bleeding experienced can be reduced by taking cinnamon, Yarrow, wild yams, Lady’s mantle, Partridgeberry, Shepherd’s purse and Nettle. Moreover, hormones can be balanced using Licorice, wild yams and nettles. It is important to detoxify the liver to ensure excess estrogen is removed using dandelion extracts, skullcap extracts, Blue flag extract and Milk thistle. Treatment can be administered through teas, capsules, tincture and tablets.

Foods which are known to stress the liver should be avoided as estrogen is broken down in the liver. It is advisable to avoid fatty foods, caffeinated beverages and alcohol. Patients are advised to avoid foods that contain estrogen such as meat and milk. While restricting your diet to unrefined foods, fresh fruits and vegetables with an ample amount of water. However before taking any natural remedies talk to your doctor for advice.

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