Fibroids impact the lives of many women unnecessarily. This article “Natural Treatment for Fibroids” offers some natural treatment options for fibroids. There are additional links to Natural Treatment for Fibroids resources below.
Natural Treatment for Fibroids
A natural treatment for fibroids which avoids surgery and drugs with unpleasant side effects would be the preferred option for the vast majority of women. However, on visiting a doctor, most women are only advised about conventional treatments such as hysterectomies or surgery which removes individual fibroids. Most doctors do not have any experience of natural treatments for fibroids but there are alternative practitioners who have found them to be highly successful in shrinking fibroids.
It is estimated that over half of all women have fibroids. For many, they never cause any symptoms and women never know that they have them unless they are discovered in either routine scans or when they are having trouble conceiving. However, for other women there is a very different story. The symptoms which can arise from fibroids can become quite unbearable and include bloating and heaviness, heavy periods, pain during intercourse, bowel and bladder problems and even infertility. In terms of size, fibroids can be as small as a pea or as large as a melon, so it is understandable how larger fibroids can cause problems.
Fibroids are very rarely life threatening and doctors prefer not to treat them unless absolutely necessary as surgery can be risky, and drug treatment can have unpleasant side effects. In addition, the only form of surgery which prevents uterine fibroids returning is a hysterectomy as they other methods, such as those which only remove individual fibroids are not permanent. Drug treatment is only temporary too-this is only normally used to shrink fibroids prior to surgery as once the drugs are stopped the fibroids regrow.
Knowing why fibroids develop is a good starting point when looking at natural treatments for fibroids. There are two main theories as to why they grow. Firstly, it is believed that some people are simply “prone” to inflammation within the body. This is thought to be hereditary. Secondly, some women have an excess of the hormone estrogen and this can both cause instigate fibroids and cause existing ones to grow.
The causes of the excess estrogen is particularly interesting, with many doctors believing that it is produced by excess fat cells (which is why overweight women are more likely to get fibroids) and by excessive pollutants which mimic estrogen. In addition, a general “imbalance” of hormones in the body can result in excess estrogen and it is thought that this is lifestyle induced.
Natural treatments to shrink fibroids include those which reduce inflammation within the body generally such as eating the spice Curcumin. Hops and Rosemary have also been shown to be beneficial and there is no denying that eating a good, healthy balanced diet will restore balance and prevent inflammation.
Exercise can also reduce excess estrogen as can maintaining a healthy weight. Liver detoxification is also another avenue worth exploring as toxins in the liver contribute to estrogen levels.
Chinese herbal preparations have also been used successfully as a natural treatment for fibroids in so far as they have been shown to be effective in aiding the self-cleaning of the reproductive organs. These in particular are mainly beneficial for stopping further growth but have been shown to reduce the size of fibroids in some cases.
There is evidence to show that fibroids begin to shrink naturally after the menopause but for many women, waiting that long just is not an option. They are simply not prepared to put up with the symptoms for many years.
Fibroids are a condition which respond very well to natural remedies and they are an ideal condition to treat because as they are so rarely life-threatening. It makes complete sense to try out a natural treatment for fibroids before resorting to surgery or any of the hormonal drugs which can cause their own side effects. Make sure and seek the advice of a professional when attempting any natural treatment for fibroids.