A common illness, as many as 1 in 5 women will have uterine fibroids during their childbearing years (the time after starting menstruation for the first time and before menopause), with half of all women having them by the age of 50.
Fibroids are rare in women under 20, and are more common in African-Americans than Caucasians.
Fibroids can be so small that a microscope is needed to see them, but they can grow very large and may fill the entire uterus and weigh several pounds. Although it can be possible for just one fibroid to develop, there is usually more than one.
Fibroids are often described by their location in the uterus:
- Myometrial – in the muscle wall of the uterus
- (Submucosal – just under the surface of the uterine lining
- Subserosal – just under the outside covering of the uterus
- Pendunculated – occurring on a long stalk on the outside of the uterus or inside the cavity of the uterus
More common symptoms of uterine fibroids are:
- Bleeding between periods
- Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia), sometimes with the passage of blood clots
- Menstrual periods that may last longer than normal
- Need to urinate more often
- Pelvic cramping or pain with periods
- Sensation of fullness or pressure in lower abdomen
- Pain during intercourse
Note: There are often no symptoms. Fibroids often shrink and cause no symptoms in women who have gone through menopause.
Complications of fibroids include:
- Severe pain or excessively heavy bleeding that may require emergency surgery
- Twisting of the fibroid, which causes a blockage in nearby blood vessels feeding the tumor
- Anemia (low red blood cell count) if the bleeding is very heavy
- Urinary tract infections, if pressure from the fibroid prevents the bladder from fully emptying
- Cancerous changes called leiomyosarcoma (rare)
In rare cases, fibroids may cause infertility. Fibroids may also cause complications if you become pregnant, although the risk is thought to be small:
- Some pregnant women with fibroids may deliver a premature baby because there is not enough room in the womb.
- A C-section may be needed if the fibroid blocks the birth canal or causes the baby to be in a dangerous position.
- Some pregnant women with fibroids have heavy bleeding immediately after giving birth.
The cause of the illness is unknown, but the growth of uterine fibroids has been linked to the hormone estrogen, and as long as a woman with fibroids is menstruating, a fibroid will usually continue to grow gradually.
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:
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Uterine fibroids can be caused by excess estrogen in the body. Therefore, changing your diet to avoid foods high in estrogen, while including high-fiber foods that support detoxification and estrogen-inhibiting foods may help shrink fibroids.
Try to maintain a healthy weight, as this can keep estrogen levels in check. Try also to incorporate the following into your diet:
Whole grains and high fiber – Binding with excess estrogen in the digestive tract and helping to remove it from the body during elimination, eating plenty of fiber can speed up the waste process and help remove estrogen more quickly. Whole grains are a great source of fiber and contain special anti-estrogen compounds called lignans. Barley, corn, buckwheat, flaxseed, millet, oats, rice and wheat are especially high in anti-estrogenic lignans.
Estrogen-inhibiting foods – Choose foods which help block estrogen production, such as wheat, rice, tapioca, millet, buckwheat, squash, onions, green beans, corn, cabbage, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, figs, grapes, melons, pineapples and pears. High in fiber and valuable nutrients, these should be included in your daily diet where possible. Plus, broccoli and cabbage are members of the cruciferous vegetable family that contain a compound known to supress thyroid function. This compound, called a goitergen, is deactivates by heat, so cook broccoli and cabbage, along with other cruciferous veg like Brussels sprouts and mustard greens.
Limit dairy – You may get up to 80% of the estrogen you consume from dairy products, particularly cow’s milk and cheese. According to an article in the Harvard University Gazette, milk from conventional or factory dairy farms is high in hormones as cows are milked during pregnancy. Therefore, the further along the pregnancy the more estrogen. You can avoid extra hormones by buying skim or low fat milk, as hormones are stored in fat.
Naturally occurring estrogen – Some foods naturally contain estrogen and therefore should be eaten in moderation, especially animal protein. Animals store estrogen in their fat cells, which means eating high fat meats may add too much estrogen into your diet and increase your risk of developing uterine fibroids. Soy and products made from soy, like edamame, tofu, tempeh, miso and soy sauce, should be eaten in small quantities.
Some fruits and veg also contain estrogen, but much less than animal products and soy. If you’d like to limit consumption, these foods offer essential nutrients and fiber: apples, carrots, beets, cherries, cucumbers, eggplants, garlic, peas, plums, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, yams and pumpkins.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- 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 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
You can try any of the following supplements if you’re suffering from uterine fibroids:
DIM – Diindolylmethane – A powerful metabolizer of estrogen assisting in removing excess estrogen and benefiting conditions associated with estrogen dominance, such as uterine fibroid tumors.
Natural progesterone – Natural progesterone is used to supplement low progesterone levels and balances the ratio between estrogen and progesterone, thereby assisting in promoting proper hormone balance. It can be safely used by menstruating women, pre- and peri-menopausal women, as well as those who are menopausal.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- 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.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
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 disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
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- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
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- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
According to the Ayurveda Seminars website, ayuvedic medicine views uterine fibroids as an imbalance of the doshas, and particularly an excess of kapha. Treatment includes eliminating causative factors, such as sleeping during daylight hours, eating after seven pm, excess food and insufficient exercise. Psychological and emotional treatment is also recommended, especially regarding any unresolved issues surrounding motherhood.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
In a pilot study published in 2002, researchers assigned a group of women with uterine fibroids to six months of treatment with traditional Chinese medicine, body therapy (including bodywork), and guided imagery. Study results showed that fibroids shrank or stopped growing in 22 patients in the treatment group, compared with three patients in the control group.
For a research review published in 2010, investigators sought out all randomized controlled trials comparing acupuncture with various other treatments (such as medication) in the management of uterine fibroids. Finding none of the available studies sufficiently well-designed, the review’s authors concluded that “the effectiveness of acupuncture for the management of uterine fibroids remains uncertain.”
Body relaxation exercises such as massages, yoga, pilates and Tai Chi can help increase the blood flow to the pelvic region which may reduce the size of fibroids.
Why not give this aromatherapy massage a go?
Aromatherapy Massage for Uterine Fibroids
10 drops of ginger oil
10 drops of rose essential oil
2 ounces almond oil
½ tsp vitamin E oil
Begin by pouring the oils in a tinted-glass bottle. Store in a cool, dark place and shake well before using. Use as a massage oil for abdomen and lower back massages.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Homeopathic diet – A homeopathic diet is simply a natural dietary strategy designed to combat a particular condition. In the case of fibroids, adoption of a homeopathic diet can help to normalize the body’s condition to avoid providing an environment conducive to development of these growths. Considering fibroids specifically, as they respond to excess estrogen in the body, physicians such as Dr. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman recommend a homeopathic anti-estrogenic diet to combat fibroid growth.
Chaste berry (vitex agnus-castrus, or vitex) helps regulate hormonal balance to slow fibroid growth and help prevent their recurrence.
Prickly ash bark/mullein/ginger – Use any of these herbs to help the lymph and blood system eliminate fibroid tissue from the body as it breaks it down.
Raspberry Leaf – Try this for excessive bleeding
Yellow dock – Useful for low iron
Cramp bark – Try this for uterine cramping
Give any of the following techniques a try to help relieve symptom associated with uterine fibroids:
Bharadvaja’s Twist – Yogaposes to open the stomach area are associated with helping to relieve the pain of uterine fibroids and help you find more comfortable positions with fibroids. One example is Bharadvaja’s Twist. To perform, sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Shift your weight to your right buttocks and then fold your legs in toward your left buttocks. Inhale to sit up straighter, then twist your torso to your right side, placing your right arm behind your left, opening and stretching the stomach. Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds, then release the stretch.
Supported Bridge Pose – The Supported Bridge Pose is another exercise that can relieve uterine fibroid pain. To perform, lie on the floor with your arms extended and your palms facing upward. Lift your buttocks and torso up to lift your legs and torso off the ground. Leave your shoulders on the ground with your eyes toward the ceiling. If needed, you can place a rolled-up towel between your knees to make the position more comfortable. Hold in place for 10 to 15 seconds, then release the stretch and lower the buttocks toward the ground. Repeat two to three times.
Cardiovascular Exercise – Cardiovascular exercise burns calories and can help you to lose weight. However, jarring, high-impact exercises can cause pain to existing fibroids, making it difficult for you to exercise. Instead, choose low-impact cardiovascular exercises like water aerobics or swimming. Walking, using an elliptical machine or cycling also burn calories and fat, helping to reduce unhealthy estrogen production. Exercise at least three to five times per day for at least 30 minutes to create a calorie deficit that helps you lose weight.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Natural Ayurvedic remedies for fibroids: www.homeveda.com/women-health/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-fibroids.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Uterine Fibroid Remedies: Herbs Supplements and Vitamins, by Jeffrey Fisher
Healing Fibroids: A Doctor’s Guide to a Natural Cure [Kindle Edition], by Elena Oumano
Exercise to reduce uterine fibroids: www.livestrong.com/article/372759-exercises-to-reduce-uterine-fibroids
Herbs for uterine fibroids: www.livestrong.com/article/250305-which-herbs-reduce-uterine-fibroids/
Diet and uterine fibroids: www.livestrong.com/article/285179-uterine-fibroids-diet
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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