Millions of women suffer from fibroids and/or endometriosis during their reproductive years. The symptoms can include heavy bleeding in addition to frequent urination, pain during intimacy, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, and chronic back aches. Obviously, these symptoms can affect quality of life at a time when women are raising children and trying to have careers.
Statistics show a large number women suffering with these problems end up having hysterectomies without ever understanding why these problems developed in the first place. Although not completely understood, it is known that fibroids and endometriosis have hormonal, nutritional, and stress triggers.
Fibroids are the most common of all tumors. They occur in 20-30 percent of women over age 30. While it is not known why these benign tumors develop, they are more prevalent in women of African descent. If uterine fibroids are small, many times the woman will have no symptoms.
In fact, many women don’t know they have fibroids until they have an internal exam. However, fibroids are estrogen dependent and can grow as large as a grapefruit — occasionally larger. Conversely, fibroids generally shrink in size after menopause when the ovaries stop producing estrogen.
Traditional treatments include NSAIDS or hormonal therapy. Your doctor may prescribe a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone or a synthetic androgen such as danazol to stop the menstrual cycle and resulting anemia.
Traditional medicine offers several surgical options. Hysterectomy, as previously mentioned, is the complete removal of the uterus. Obviously, many women want to avoid this.
Another option is myomectomy which is the surgical removal of the fibroids, but again, depending on the location of the fibroids this may not be possible. Cryosurgery does not remove fibroid tissue but tries to destroy it by freezing it in place. Lastly, uterine artery embolization (UAE) injects polyvinyl alcohol into the arteries feeding the fibroids, thereby blocking its blood supply.
Dietary guidelines for women suffering with uterine fibroids recommend a high fiber, whole food diet with plenty of raw vegetables and fruit. It is also suggested that you maximize your intake of green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and broccoli.
It is also suggested that your diet should include sea vegetables which are high in iodine that is required for thyroid function. Sometimes an under active thyroid can be associated with uterine fibroids.
While traditional medicine does not know the cause of uterine fibroids, herbalists know that fibrin, the sticky substance that forms a scab or scar when exposed to air, is also the primary building block of fibroids.
Bladderwrack & Flax Seed
- Dried cut Fucus
- 1 ounce of ground flax seed
- 2 ¼ pints of distilled water
Moisten dried cut Fucus with a pint of distilled water. Put this aside. Boil 1 ¼ pints of water and pour in the flax seeds. Simmer 5 minutes. While still hot add the first pint you put aside and strain through a strainer. Return the entire pot to the stove. When it starts to boil, remove it from the stove.
You can add a pound of honey and flavor with nutmeg or cinnamon. Store in wide mouth jars and keep in a cool place. Recommended dosage is a wineglass 3 or 4 times a day.
Because Fucus is high in iodine it is not recommended for anyone with hyperthyroidism, pregnant, or nursing.