Fibroids in the uterus, and cysts on the ovaries are benign (not cancerous) growths, which can cause no symptoms, mild or severe symptoms of pain, bloating and/or bleeding. Christine Northrup MD says “The good news is most fibroids don’t cause symptoms, don’t require any fancy treatment, and almost never require a hysterectomy, despite what you may have heard.”
Both uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts affect 75% of women. They’re present in 25-40 percent of women in their childbearing years, and about 40 percent of women have one or more fibroids when they reach menopause. According to Dr Ramsey the cause of both fibroids and ovarian cysts are similar – either or both oestrogen dominance and liver overload.
These benign growths are extremely amenable to lifestyle changes such as diet, taking certain herbs, exercise, and changes in emotional patterns. Lifestyle modifications are likely to have an impact because fibroids are very sensitive to changes in hormone levels in the body. Your hormones can be influenced by everything from dietary modifications to changes in your thoughts and emotions! If you haven’t read “9 Things That Mess Up Your Hormones … And What To DO About Them” then do!
While surgery is usually recommended, the Herbal Online Encyclopedia says herbal treatments have proven effective for this problem, usually taking at least three to six months to be completely effective, depending on the size and number, and the degree to which the individual apply themselves in their treatment.
You should at the same time cleanse and support the liver, as the liver helps to regulate hormone levels in the body, and clean the blood. Diet is important and foods that help ease discomfort include plenty of organic, raw fruits and vegetables (especially dark green leafy ones) and garlic. Supplementing with herbal formulas containing
What is a fibroid?
A uterine fibroid can cause symptoms such as low back pain, a heavy sensation in the lower abdomen, painful intercourse, bowel difficulties, urinary incontinence and severe menstrual bleeding or pain. Certain home remedies may help reduce symptoms, although there is insufficient evidence to support these claims, according to the Menopause Metamorphosis website. Please consult with your physician prior to using home remedies for fibroids.
What Causes Them?
Oestrogen dominance means that oestrogen is high and progesterone is low. It is caused by many things, mainly by xenoestrogens. These are xeno (alien, strange) hormones. They imitate oestrogen. They are found widely in PCB’s, BPA’s and Phthalates. Here is a link to more info on these three toxins (xenoestrogens) that get stored in fat tissue and are difficult to eliminate.
Most specialists who study xenoestrogens regard them as serious environmental hazards that have hormonal disruptive effects on both humans. PCB – (polychlorinated biphenyl) is an organochloride pollutant. These are man-made chemicals used widely in electrical equipment (capacitors and transformers) until they were banned in 1979 due to toxic human exposures. Although declining, once in the environment, PCBs tend to be persistent in the environment. We have all been exposed to them through breathing, eating, drinking and skin contact.
What To Do When You Have Them?
Dr. Sellman recommends taking a good vitamin complex, one that contains vitamin B which may help your liver break down oestrogen. Vitamin E can also help to normalise your oestrogen levels and regulate excessive bleeding, however we recommend you use one with a range of antioxidants, not just Vitamin E.
Also, if you have sluggish bowel movements you can increase your fibre intake to help to reduce the amount of oestrogen that might be re-absorbed in your intestines. Furthermore, taking a systemic digestive enzyme may help to dissolve the hard, fibrotic material of the cysts. If you haven’t heard about him, chuck out what Dr. John Lee, a specialist in women issues once said, “It may sound too good to be true, but it’s merely a case of supplying the body with what it needs to maintain balance. You’ve read about how out of balance our estrogenic environment has become; it’s no wonder women are feeling much better when they use something natural, and help can also come in the form of a simple cream.” Here is more on what he was talking about.
Other recommendations are:
- Avoid using plastics for food
- Eat organic meats, eggs and diary, from grass-fed, free-grange farms
- Use safe, toxin-free detergents and personal care
- Avoid paragons and other toxins in skin-care
- Supplement daily with minerals, vainness, antioxidants, essential fatty acids
- Use caster oil packs
- Lastly, unload the liver. This is done by:
- Eating as close to nature as possible
- Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
- Make sure you are having at the minimum, one bowel movement daily.
- Take Detox Supplements especially green-food powders containing cruciferous vegetables contain indole-3-carbinole, which help your liver effectively metabolize excessive hormones.
- Incorporate more broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage into your diet.
- Use castor oil massaged over liver morning and night to enhance the liver’s functioning.
According to Sherrill Sellman, naturopathic physician, try to avoid foods that promote excessive estrogen production, such as non-organic foods, dairy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, refined carbohydrates and soy products.
Castor Oil Packs
According to Randine Lewis, Ph.D., a Chinese medicine women’s health expert, castor oil packs may help to reduce uterine fibroids. These packs can help improve your lymphatic system, stimulate blood circulation and balance your hormones. You can warm a small amount of castor oil and apply it to your lower abdomen. Cover the area with plastic wrap and top with a heating pad or hot water bottle for 30 to 60 minutes, two or three times daily. Dr. Lewis recommends using castor oil packs during the premenstrual and menstrual phase of your cycle. Do not use castor oil packs during pregnancy.
In his excellent and comprehensive book Healing Fibroids: A Doctor’s Guide to a Natural Cure (which he co-wrote with Elena Oumano for Fireside, 2002), Allan Warshowsky, M.D. (a board certified ob-gyn), gives you everything you need to know to decrease fibroid symptoms naturally.
Information within this article is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not meant to diagnose or treat. Seek guidance from a health care professional.