Natural Cures For Uterine Fibroids

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.

Abnormal bleeding is the hallmark of endometriosis. Endometrium, or uterine tissue, grows outside the uterus. This results in excessive bleeding during menstruation and resulting anemia.

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.

In a previous article I explained the benefits of sea herbs and vegetables. Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosis) or fucus for short, is a fibrin solvent. An natural remedy for fibroids is as follows:

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.

Comments

  1. Lara says:

    It has been found that overweight women are at higher risk of developing fibroid. Also those who have a family history of the condition can also be in the hit list. So if you are over 30 and see any possibility of this conditions, its better to consult your doctor at the earliest and get diagnosed.

  2. Neil says:

    All women need to have their yearly checkups as tumors do not have symptoms until later when it has grown very large. These tumors can grow very large even larger than a grapefruit, can be painful, and bring on other problems. Other problems besides tumors cannot be found with these internal checks as well. The most important part of women’s health care is the internal yearly check.
    .-= Neil´s last blog ..Best HGH =-.

  3. Niki says:

    Does anyone know if uterine fibroids are correlated with high levels of human growth hormone? I’m 33 and have 5 uterine fibroids, and recently had a surgery for endometriosis, just curious as to why I have developed these issues.

  4. Annie says:

    Milk Thistle, Burdock, Vitex , Red Raspberry and Poke Root are some of the natural cures for Uterine Fibroids.
    .-= Annie @ Hypothyroidism Diet´s last blog ..The Risk Factors of Hypothyroidism =-.

  5. Steve says:

    Man, that sounds like it could be a very painful ordeal. It is great that there is a more natural sort of cure/treatment for it.
    .-= Steve@Lift Chairs´s last blog ..Understanding the Lift Chair and its Features =-.

  6. rachell says:

    this is such a useful information. thanks for the post
    .-= rachell´s last blog ..The Common STD’s =-.

  7. paula says:

    Vitex is actually one of the very best possible herbs for women with uterine fibroids. Sometimes regular doctors try to steer women away from these natural remedies, because they fear that we will use them foolishly — such as taking too high of doses, or mixing herbs that shouldn’t be mixed, or taking herbs without checking with their doctors first, etc. They think it is just safer to tell women not to take the herbs at all. That’s the only reason I can imagine anyone saying NOT to take vitex for uterine fibroids. It really is the very best herb for them!

  8. puna says:

    to the Hypothyroid Diet person on fibroid cures: HOW to use those herbs in the best forms and in administering in order to cure fibroids…??? Please tell us HOW to make them work…

  9. 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.

  10. Charlie says:

    Fibroids are the most common being tumors in females. Most fibroids do not cause symptoms, and do not require treatment and are typically found during the middle and later reproductive years.

  11. Julia says:

    Hello all,

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading about fibroid treatments. Paula, I am wondering if you are sure that Vitex is good for fibroids? I googled it and read that:

    “People with hormone dependent conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and cancers of the breast, ovaries, uterus or prostate shouldn’t take vitex”
    SOURCE: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/Vitex.htm

    So now I am confused – does anybody else have an opinion on the usefulness of Vitex for eliminating fibroids?

    Thanks,

    Julia :)

  12. Deborah says:

    I want to share my story of how I shrunk my fibroids in 3 months naturally and without surgery. The main reason for fibroids growing large is too much estrogen in the body. Estrogen feeds fibroids. Read my story of what I learned, what changes I made and how now I’m living a much healthier lifestyle. Also although fibroids are non cancerous, having too much estrogen in your body can cause other illnesses and tumors that can be cancerous…like breast and ovarian cancer. That’s why if you have fibroids you need to educate yourself and get rid of the problem.

  13. Gotta agree with Jason here – eat more beans and whole grains. Really healthy foods that can also protect you from cancer and help you with fibroids. Furthermore, I’ve also heard that women should avoid sugar, salt, alcohol, red meat, fried fatty foods and dairy products becayse these promote fibroid growth.

  14. AD'Angelo says:

    Based on my own personal research, I definitely agree with the correlation between fibroids and estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance has also been linked to endometriosis as well. Therefore, I believe it would be wise that women who suffer with these conditions be tested by their doctors for estrogen dominance.

  15. Rod says:

    Why do women have fibroids?? Fibroids are indicative of iodine deficiency, as are cystic conditions in the body too. Dr.Brownstein, Dr.Flechas and Dr. Guy Abraham have written extensively on the subject. Since halides like; fluoride, chlorine & bromine compete for storage in the body with iodine, they flush iodine from our system. Since iodine is utilized by every cell in the body and stored for our immune health in our brain, thyroid, women’s breasts, ovaries, men’s prostate, our muscles & our skin, when there is deficiency…many conditions occur including fibroids. There’s my 2 cents!

  16. Laura G says:

    Hi-
    How much fucus should I use? You don’t give a measurement of that. Please advise. Thank you.

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