The following question was posted on Yahoo Answers, on 6th of December 2007:
My mother had uterine fibroid tumors, and I think I may have them, too. I am bleeding extremely heavily, enough to soak a tampon within half an hour. I have made a doctor’s appointment, but they cannot see for a month.
Are there natural ways to reduce this bleeding? HELP!
Here is my answer, which, by the way, was in no way the only one:
What Uterine Fibroids Are
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.
Please see the page
for a special herbal treatment designed to heal you from the fibroids.
Also, you can and should have a homeopathic treatment, with a specialist.
Reiki can help a lot in this situation. Please have a look at the page
which will show how Reiki helped other women under similar circumstances. Finally, I have had one good experience with Vitalzym. A client of mine (I am a medical astrologer), had intensive transits of Saturn over the natal Moon for almost a year, in 2005 and 2006. She had a fibrod as large as 6.4 inches and could barely walk. She started taking Vitalzym in August 2006, and in January 2007 the fibroid shrank down to 3 inches! I have no further data about the case, but it seems Vitalzym did help her to avoid hysterectomy!