Around 75 percent of women experience fibroids at some point in their life, which leaves many asking ‘are there natural treatments for fibroids?’ Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that are found within the uterine walls ranging in size from about the size of a pea, to as large as a grapefruit. Fibroids often result in a change in the shape or size of the uterus and cause several unpleasant symptoms, including painful and/or very heavy periods, and every year more than 200,000 hysterectomies are performed due to severe cases… but they can also be completely symptomless. For this reason it may not always be obvious that you have fibroids, so it’s a great best practice for all women to take steps to naturally prevent these common uterine growths.
While many of the risk factors for fibroids are beyond your control, there are some that you can manage. These include things such as preventing or treating high blood pressure to help reduce the risk of developing fibroids, drinking less alcohol, eating more detoxifying foods such as leafy green vegetables, and selecting higher-quality meats. There are also steps you can take to help naturally balance your hormones, which is a key part of natural fibroid treatment and prevention.
Fibroids: Natural Treatment
First up is one we all dread: dietary changes. Processed meats with high-fat content can increase inflammation levels and are some of the worst food choices when it comes to fibroids. Non-organic dairy can have high amounts of hormones, steroids, and other chemicals that can alter your hormones levels, which encourages the growth and development of fibroids. Refined sugar can promote inflammation which may increase pain and reduce your body’s immune functions. Refined carbohydrates, such as white flour and breads, can result in insulin levels spiking and hormones to become unbalanced. Alcohol can contribute to increased inflammation as well as promote hormonal imbalances and over-consumption of caffeine can also have a nasty hand in keeping your hormones off-balance. Supplementing your diet with organic foods, more vegetables (especially green-leafy, beta carotene-rich, & cruciferous vegetables), flaxseeds, foods with high iron content, and whole grains can result in positive results in the natural treatment of fibroids.
There are also several supplements that can aid in this quest but you should always check with your physician before starting any regimen. B-complex can help the liver’s metabolic processes and regulation of estrogen levels. Flaxseed oil and fish oil can help reduce inflammation, which may play a part in the growth of fibroids. You can also use vitex or chasteberry to promote the production of progesterone and reduce estrogen levels. Herbal teas may help decrease inflammation and rebalance certain hormones. Teas made with milk thistle, chasteberry, red raspberry, yellow dock, nettle, and dandelion root all have systemic benefits for the reproductive system and uterus.
Besides the Diet: 4 Natural Treatments For Fibroids
Let’s get the ugly one out of the way first: exercise. Exercise has many anti-inflammatory effects and is not only helpful with weight management, regular exercise can help control blood pressure, improve insulin sensitivity, contribute to hormonal balance, and regular exercise can help prevent fibroids before they actually even start.
Improving your hormonal health, as well as your general health, is another key in the fight against fibroids. You should do your best to avoid contact with pesticides, herbicides, bleach, synthetic fertilizers, food preservatives and food dyes. You should also select natural, unbleached feminine care products and organic makeup and body care products.
Essential oils are another natural fibroid treatment that you can take advantage of. Clary sage, thyme, and frankincense can help balance hormones naturally. Just combine 2 drops of each oil with some coconut oil and rub into your lower abdomen twice daily.
And lastly, applying a castor oil pack to your lower abdomen can increase circulation in the circulatory and lymphatic systems. A castor oil pack can also increase white blood cells that eliminate disease-causing toxins from your body.
Risk factors such as heredity, age, race and hypothyroidism may be beyond your control, but you can still help your body to naturally battle, and sometimes even prevent, fibroids. Speak with your doctor before making any drastic change to your diet or exercise routine but the natural tips above can assist you with this, unfortunately, common ailment.