Natural Treatments For Fibroids
Conventional medicine takes three approaches to the treatment of fibroids. One approach is to watch and wait to see if small fibroids will disappear by themselves, another is to take medication, and the third approach is surgery. Many fibroids do not cause significant problems and are not malignant and for that reason sufferers may prefer to find natural treatments for these fibroids.
Hormonal imbalance is a major cause of fibroid growth. Restoring the balance of hormones can be helpful in minimizing fibroid symptoms and their growth. This approach is most effective when combined with appropriate changes in diet and lifestyle.
A poor diet can elevate estrogen levels which are a trigger for fibroids. Diets that are rich in saturated fats, alcohol and sugar can overwork the liver. This prevents the liver from breaking down hormones efficiently.
A low-fat, high fiber diet is recommended. Many experts believe that a reduction in the xenoestrogens in the daily diet is helpful in fibroid treatment. Xenoestrogens are found in the pesticides sprayed on fruit and vegetables and in many milk and meat products.
It is not healthy to eliminate any of the food groups entirely from the daily diet. However it is recommended that fibroid sufferers follow a healing diet that aims to reduce the intake of estrogen heavy foods.
Estrogens are stored in body fat, so excess weight encourages an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. However, care should be taken not to diet excessively as this can also cause hormone imbalance.
Increasing exercise and reducing stress levels can be helpful for fibroids. There is anecdotal evidence that tackling relationship problems and stress triggers impacts positively on health issues.
Many complementary medicine techniques aim to restore balance to the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that blood and energy flow needs to be unblocked in the treatment of fibroids. Herbal medicines are used to treat the root cause of the problems.
Acupuncture is a common method of alternative medicine that is used in fibroid treatment. Small needles are placed in the body at specific points to increase circulation and relieve fibroid masses. Generally the benefits of acupuncture for fibroids are slower to emerge than with conventional medicine.
Taking supplementary B vitamins that contain magnesium, calcium and potassium is said to reduce bloating and cramping. Vitamins A, C and E are also thought to be helpful. They can be found in foods such as liver, kidney, citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, wheat germ, nuts and seeds.
In conclusion, there are no proven natural "cures" for fibroids. However many women find symptom relief within the suggestions of alternative medicines.