Fibroids are growths of solid muscle tissue in the uterus. They are common and occur in almost half of all women over the age of forty. Most are only the size of a walnut, although occasionally they grow quite large. Many women have hysterectomies because of them. There are three types: submucous accounts for about 5%. This type may cause abnormal bleeding and protrude from the cervix. Subserous accounts for a large percentage. It can become pedunculated and is rarely parasitic. Intramural is also common and may cause the uterus to grow larger. This problem is more common in women of African descent.
Symptoms of fibroids include a feeling of heaviness or pressure in the abdomen, bleeding between periods, low back pain, pain during intercourse, urinary frequency or incontinence, cramping, bowel difficulties and severe menstrual flooding and pain. It is not certain whether their presence in the uterus links to infertility.
The causes of fibroids are unknown, but estrogen helps them grow. They disappear after menopause when estrogen levels drop.
In some cases, a fibroid will grow attached to a long stalk. This is one that is pedunculated, and it may twist and cause the blood vessels to get kinked. Surgery may be needed in this case. If you experience similar symptoms, you should seek medical advice.
- Chasteberry take a tincture of chasteberry 2 to 4 times a day in a dose of 25 to 30 drops. This is often sufficient to shrink small fibroids in a couple of months. Best results come from long term use, however.
- Poke root use a tincture in a dose of 1 to 10 drops per day internally and externally as a belly rub oil to relieve pain. Use caution with this herb.
- Yarrow this herb can help circulation in the pelvic region and relieve menstrual cramps. It can be combined with nettles and cinnamon to make a tea to drink several times a day during monthly bleeding.
- Cramp bark this herb can help with muscle spasms and cramping.
- Ginger this herb can help increase circulation and reduce inflammation.
- Wild yam this herb can help reduce inflammation and help relieve cramping.
- Chamomile this herb will reduce inflammation, and when mixed with ginger, honey and mint in a tea, it can also help with menstrual cramping.
- Lady's mantle a tincture made of this herb can help with heavy bleeding.
- Shepherd's purse this tincture is another remedy for bleeding. Take as directed on the label, as it causes almost instant clotting.
- Evening Primrose oil - take to aid in normalising the menstrual cycle.
- Siberian ginseng this herb can help raise energy levels, especially when combined with vervain and cinnamon.
- Mugwort burning mugwort in the form of moxa over the affected area may help.
- Castor use castor oil packs externally on the belly to relieve pain and helps shrink the fibroids.
- Ginger apply a ginger compress (a towel soaked in hot ginger water) to relieve pain and help with fibroids.
- Lavender - add 3 drops of lavender oil to 10 ml of carrier oil and use in massage and bath.
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