Uterine fibroids are solid muscle tissue growths in the uterus. They are also called fibroid tumors, myomas, or leiomyomas. They occur frequently — in up to half of all women over forty. The majority (80%) of fibroids are as small as a walnut, usually not bigger than an orange. In the USA, about one third of all hysterectomies is because of the fibroids.
Estrogens, especially estradiol, promote their growth. Estrogen levels can rise during the early menopausal years, so suddenly, there is this diagnosis in spite of there being no previous symptoms and warnings. The symptoms can be, amongst others:
. feeling of heaviness in the belly,
. low back pain,
. pain with vaginal penetration,
. bowel difficulties,
. urinary frequency or incontinence,
. severe menstrual pain and flooding
. heavy menstrual bleeding..
Hysterectomy will solve the problem but in a most violent way — by taking the uterus out, often taking the ovaries out as well. The patient is being thrown into a surgical menopause, for the rest of her life. It is worthwhile to try other approaches to avoid hysterectomy, and there actually exist herbal remedies for uterine fibroids.
Some Well Known Herbal Remedies for Uterine Fibroids
The following are just the most popular herbal remedies for uterine fibroids. Any herb (or stimulant, for that matter) that affects the levels of estrogen will also affect the fibroids, for better or worse.
. Eat more of whole grains or beans. Strictly speaking, these are not herbal remedies for uterine fibroids per se, but will help reduce the size of fibroids and will also protect from breast and endometrial cancers as well.
. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), milk thistle seed (Silybum marianum), or yellow dock root (Rumex crispus) will strengthen the liver.That will, in turn, metabolize estrogen out of the body, thus reducing fibroids.
. Vitex (Agnus Cactus) or chasteberry tincture works directly with the pituitary gland, balancing the entire hormonal system. Take it 25-30 drops two to four times daily, and the fibroids will be shrunk. You will see first results within a few months, but continue taking it up to a year or two.
. Warm castor oil packs and ginger compresses on the belly will also help with the fibroids.
. Poke root (Phytolacca americana) used both internally and externally as a belly rub oil, will relieve the pain and distress from fibroids. This herb is poisonous, so may have to make it yourself.
Practically all these herbs are tested and available as homeopathic remedies. It is possible to mix homeopathic remedies with herbal remedies.
Special Mixture of Herbal Remedies for Uterine Fibroids, Part I
Here’s a treatment directly for the fibroids. The patient has both to drink the teas and to irrigate vagina. For the first part of the treatment, you will need the following herbs:
. two spoonfuls of sage (Althaea Officinalis) leaves finely chopped,
. flower of common marshmallow (Althaea Officinalis),
. one spoon of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) leaves,
. leaves of blackberry (Rubus fruticosus),
. chamomille flowers (Matricaria chamomilla),
. flower and leaf of yarrow (Achillea millefolium),
. flower and leaf of common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum) and
. white willow bark from the branches as large as hand — taken off only in October and November (Salix alba).
Pour all this into 1.800 grams of boiled hot water. Let it be under the lid for 90 minutes out of fire. Sift and put honey ad libitum. Drink 200 grams before breakfast, lunch, supper, and before going to bed.
The remaining 1 liter use for irrigation, two times with 500 grams, 4 hours apart. During the day take one spoon of honey four times a day. Put honey on the tongue and take it slowly. At 10 am and 5 pm eat two fried apples (Pirus malus) with one large spoonful of honey.
After this kind of healing make a pause 10 days long, then drink teas and irrigate for another 10 days. Drinking and irrigation should always be outside of the menstrual period.
Special Mixture of Herbal Remedies for Uterine Fibroids, Part II
For the second part of the treatment you will need other herbs:
. two spoonfuls of finely smashed leaves of Wood Betony (Betonica officinalis),
. leaves of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica),
. leaves of blackberry (Rubus fruticosus),
. one spoonful of each of finely chopped sage leaves (Salvia Officinalis),
. flower and leaves of yarrow (Achillea millefolium),
. common elderberry leaves (Sambucus nigra), as well as
. leaves of peppermint (Mentha piperita).
Pour all of that into 1800 grams of boiling hot water. Leave under lid for 90 minutes out of fire. Sift and put honey ad libitum. Drink 200 grams before breakfast, lunch, supper, and before going to bed.
With the remaining 1 liter irrigate yourself, two times with 500 grams, 4 hours apart. Apply vaseline to the irrigator and the entrance to vagina.