Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that grow in or around the womb (uterus). The growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue and can vary in size. Fibroids are sometimes known as uterine myomas or fibromyomas. One in five women in the US has at least some evidence of fibroids with most occurring in women in their 30s and 40s. Fibroids are usually form, spherical lumps that often occur in groups. They are of varying sizes, usually described in terms of vegetables and fruit – pea, lemon, apple, cantaloupe etc.
They can grow near the outer surface of the uterus, as well as near the inner lining of the uterus. They normally shrink in size after menopause.
Many women are unaware that they have fibroids as they do not have any symptoms. This often means that fibroids are diagnosed by chance during a routine gynaecological examination, test or scan. If they are suspected, your licensed healthcare practitioner will recommend more tests, such as an ultrasound scan, to confirm fibroids. In very rare cases complications caused by fibroids can affect pregnancy or cause infertility.
Types of Fibroids
Fibroids can grow anywhere in the womb. The five main types of fibroids are described below.
- Intramural fibroids develop in the muscle wall of the womb and they are the most common type of fibroids found in women.
- Subserosal fibroids grow outside the wall of the womb into the pelvis and can become very large.
- Submucosal fibroids develop in the muscle beneath the inner lining of the womb wall and they grow into the middle of the womb.
- Pedunculated fibroids grow from the outside wall of the womb and are attached to the womb wall by a narrow stalk.
- Cervical fibroids develop in the wall of the cervix (the neck of the womb).
Many women are unaware they have fibroids because they do not have any symptoms. However, it is usual for around one woman in three with fibroids to experiences some problems which could indicate that fibroids are present. These include:
Heavy or painful periods
Fibroids do not disrupt the normal menstrual cycle (periods), but they can cause heavy or painful bleeding.
If you have heavy periods (menorrhagia), it does not necessarily mean that there is anything seriously wrong. However, it can have a significant impact on your everyday life and lead to anxiety and depression.
In some cases, heavy periods can cause iron-deficiency anaemia, resulting in symptoms such as tiredness, lethargy and shortness of breath (dyspnoea).
If you have fibroids, particularly if you have large ones, you may experience discomfort or bloating (swelling) in your stomach. You may also experience pain in your lower back and legs. If a fibroid grows rapidly, it may outstrip its nutritional supply from nearby blood vessels, resulting in the degeneration and death of the oxygen-deprived tissue, and severe abdominal pain may result.
Frequent urination and constipation
If your fibroids press on your bladder, you may need to urinate frequently. Fibroids can also press on your rectum (large intestine), which can cause constipation.
Pain or discomfort during sex
If you have fibroids growing near to your vagina or cervix (neck of the womb) you may experience pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia).
The exact cause of fibroids is unknown. However, fibroids are linked to the female hormone, oestrogen. Oestrogen is the female reproductive hormone produced by the ovaries (the female reproductive organs). Fibroids usually develop during a woman’s reproductive years (from approximately 16 to 50 years of age).
Fibroids tend to increase in size when oestrogen levels are at their highest, such as during pregnancy. They are also known to shrink when oestrogen levels are low, such as after the menopause (when a woman’s monthly periods stop at around 50 years of age). Birth control pills with high levels of oestrogen and oestrogen-related medication for menopause symptoms can also accelerate tumour growth.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
Detox to regulate hormones:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. http://shoppingcartpurehealthysystems.com/?Click=4464
Here are the foods to avoid at all costs.
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Eliminate Coffee Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day http:///
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here www.kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Vitamin A – One study showed that 92% of women who were given vitamin A found that their heavy bleeding was either cured or alleviated.
- B6, is needed for the production of beneficial prostaglandins which help reduce abnormal blood clotting.
- Vitamin C – to strengthen capillaries, reducing heavy bleeding.
- Zinc – to balance hormones
- Iron – to combat anaemia for those with heavy blood loss.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – www.ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Fibroids are most common in Kapha doshas according to Ayurveda with Khadir being considered the best herb to use in the treatment of this condition. Other herbs used in treating fibroids include: guggul, katuka, manjishtha, musta, pippali, saffron and tumeric.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Based on the diagnoses of the disease Chinese medicine prescribes three totally different approaches to providing effective treatment of fibroid masses. The prescribed treatment is based on the individual patient’s symptoms and signs.
In cases where women exhaust their yin/feminine energy with the passage of time Yin Deficiency Fire can develop. Another condition that can lead to the development of yin deficiency is some sort of chronic illness. The herbal formula developed to treat this kind of disease contains herbs that will drain the fire from the body while enhancing the yin. One of the prominent herbs used in such cases is ginseng.
Emotional stress can lead to Qi stagnation. Prominent causes can be difficult childbirth or trauma resulting from surgery or injury. The stagnation of blood and Qi results in an aching body eventually developing Fibroids. One of the most prominent herbs used in this case is Dong Quai which invigorates and tonifies Qi and blood.
In the case of spleen Qi deficiency and Liver Qi stagnation women may develop effects such as irritability and a poor digestive system. The herbal formulas used for treating this type of fibroid masses contain hawthorn fruits.
We recommend you consult a Chinese medicine practitioner who will be able to diagnose the problem and then prescribe the suitable Chinese herbal formula for uterine fibroids.
Essential oils increase circulation to the pelvic organs and can relax tense uterine muscles as well as ease cramps and encourage a state of overall relaxation that promotes healing. The following oils can be used in sitz baths, massage and abdominal compresses:
Ginger – this is a potent circulatory stimulant with warming properties. It also helps to improve liver function.
Marjoram – this has potent sedative properties and is an excellent muscle relaxant that eases uterine cramps. It also has a mild laxative action which helps relieve constipation when used as an abdominal massage oil.
Rose – this is gentle and relaxing and helps to ease physical and emotional tension. It has mild, hormone-balancing properties and is considered to be a uterine tonic.
Massage oil for fibroids:
10 drops ginger essential oil
10 drops rose essential oil
2 ounces almond oil
½ tsp Vitamin E oil
Pour oils into a dark, glass bottle. Store tightly capped in a cool, dark place and shake well before using. Use as a massage oil over the abdomen and lower back.
There are many homeopathic remedies used in the treatment of fibroids and you must seek a professional to get a tailor made prescription for you.
Two common remedies used are:
Aurum metallicum for large fibroids, accompanied by depression of the sufferer
Caulophyllum is frequently used for those with heavy, painful periods where there are frequent clots.
We recommend you consult a licensed health practitioner who can advise on the correct herbs to use. A basic mixture of the tinctures of chasteberry, blue cohosh, wild yam and cranesbill (geranium) in equal amounts (half a teaspoon of each three times a day) can be helpful. For cramping pain, a recommendation is half a teaspoon of cramp bark tincture in addition to the basic mixture.
To stop heavy bleeding caused by fibroids, take half a cup of an infusion (strong tea made from dried herbs) of cotton root bark (gossypium) every half hour, or a dropperful every five to 10 minutes, until the bleeding stops.
For a brew to balance the effects of oestrogen excess, mix equal parts of tinctures of the following herbs: blackcurrant buds or leaves (ribes nigrum), gromwell herb or seeds (lithospermum officianalis), lady’s mantle (alchemilla vulgaris) and wild pansy flowers (viola tricolor.) Take one teaspoon of the tincture first thing in the morning and you can expect noticeable results in two to four months.
The following herbs are also recommended:
Agnus Castus – balances hormones, regulating oestrogen and progesterone.
Milk Thistle – works to clear an accumulations of hormones in the liver.
Shepherds Purse – used successfully in clinical trials to prevent heavy bleeding
Therapeutic-quality magnets worn over the uterus at night while sleeping, can shrink a fibroid tumour over a period of months, according to William H. Philpott, MD of Choctaw, Oklahoma, author of Magnet Therapy: An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide. Magnetic fields can stimulate metabolism and increase the amount of oxygen available to cells, which decreases inflammation. For treatment he recommends wearing a magnet over the lower abdomen/pubic area (to cover the uterus) every night while sleeping (specifically a 5” by 12” multi-magnet flexible mat, with a 4” by 6” by ½” ceramic booster magnet attached in the centre of the mat. The mat and the booster are then kept in place with a body wrap.
Castor Oil Compress (link to how to make a compress) to draw toxins and stimulate blood flow to the uterus. Place the compress on your abdomen, cover with plastic and top with a heat pad then put a towel over the whole thing to retain the heat.
Regular aerobic exercise, slowly performed, at least three times a week, bouncing on a rebounder (link here to October 2012 newsletter) or Hatha yoga exercises can help reduce pelvic congestion, improve blood circulation and relax uterine muscles.
Meditation and deep-breathing can help ease stressful situations.
Fibroids and stress: hcp.obgyn.net/fibroids/content/article/1760982/1900166
Fibroids – a natural cure:www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-34274/Is-natural-cure-fibroids.html
Herbs and fibroids: www.fwhc.org/health/fibroids-help.htm
Fibroids by herbalist Susun Weed: www.wheelsoflight.org/custom/index.cfm?ID=106473
Reiki and the fibroid initiative: fibroidinitiative.com/reiki/
How to prevent and eliminate fibroids naturally: /www.naturalnews.com/028105_Fibroids_remedies.html
Ayurvedic home remedy for treating fibroids: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFafdv7hH3c
Yoga for a healthy menstrual cycle and to help with fibroids: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuhYnDg-E8c
Traditional Chinese Medicine and fibroids: www.besthealthcures.com/25072/Using_Traditional_Chinese_Medicine_to_Treat_Fibroids.html
Acupuncture and fibroids: www.ehow.com/video_4954737_acupuncture-fibroid-prevention-tips.html
Natural treatments shrink fibroids: www.naturalnews.com/029820_fibroid_tumors_shrink.html
Fibre-rich diets aid fibroid prevention: www.naturalnews.com/035004_fibroids_fiber_diet.html
Vitamin D shrinks fibroids: www.naturalnews.com/035234_vitamin_D_fibroids_tumors.html
Further Information (links and books)
A Doctor’s Guide to a Natural Cure by Allan Warshowsky, M.D. and Elena Oumano, PhD
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
judith hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.