Home Remedies for Uterine Fibroids

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Uterine fibroids affect up to half of all women and are one of the primary reasons for hysterectomies. In the majority of
cases, though, natural treatments can help a woman avoid such are a benign overgrowth of muscle tissue within the or
within the uterine wall. The presence of any type of abnormal growth can be frightening, but it is important to know that fib
raids are not cancerous, nor are they associated with a higher incidence of uterine cancer. Common symptoms of fibroids
include heavy bleeding during menstruation, irregular menstrual periods, and  pelvic pain.

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While these symptoms may be uncomfortable, they are generally not harmful.More serious symptoms include anemia
caused by heavy menstrual blood loss and bowel or bladder discomfort, if the fibroids grow in such a way that they put
pressure on the intestines or bladder.
If there is not an immediate health threat, you have time to experiment with dietary changes, herbs, and other natural
remedies to shrink the growths. Consult with your health-care practitioner, preferably someone who takes a holistic
approach to your wellbeing and is willing to take the time to consult with you about alternative approaches to surgery.

Herbs for Uterine Fibroids

    The basis of an herbal approach to treating uterine fibroids is to help to balance hormone levels and to improve liver
    function, which helps to detoxify excess estrogen. In addition, herbs can help to relieve symptoms caused by fibroids
    such as excessive bleeding and cramping.

    Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) helps to normalize estrogen levels by stimulating the production of progesterone. For
    the greatest benefit, vitex should be taken for at least six months. To make a tea, pour three cups of boiling water
    over two tablespoons of crushed vitex berries. Steep for 20 minutes, strain, and drink three cups a day. Vitex has a
    spicy, peppery taste. You can also take one-half teaspoon of liquid extract or two capsules three times daily.

    Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) stimulates bile flow, which helps to gently decongest the liver and
    improves liver function. It also has mild laxative properties, which encourages the elimination of excess estrogen. For
    best results, take dandelion for at least three months. To make a tea, simmer three tablespoons of dandelion root in
    three and one-half cups of water for 15 minutes in a covered pot. Remove from heat and let stand for an additional 15
    minutes. Strain, and drink three cups a day. Dandelion root has an earthy, slightly bitter flavor. You can also take one-
    half teaspoon of liquid extract or two capsules three times daily.

    Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a potent liver-protective herb that stimulates the growth of healthy new liver
    cells and improves the ability of the liver to detoxify estrogen. For best results, take an extract of milk thistle
    standardized for silymarin, which is considered to be the primary active ingredient. Take 140 milligrams of silymarin
    three times daily for at least three months. If you prefer to use the whole herb, you can grind milk thistle seeds in a
    coffee grinder and sprinkle them on cereals, salads, or other dishes. Eat approximately two tablespoons daily.

    Nettle (Urtica dioica) is an excellent general health tonic. Rich in iron and other minerals, nettle builds healthy
    blood and is helpful for relieving anemia caused by excessive menstrual blood loss. Nettle is safe and gentle and can
    be taken indefinitely. To make a tea, pour three cups of boiling water over two tablespoons of dried nettle, cover, and
    steep for 15 minutes. Strain, and drink three cups daily. Nettle tea has a rich, pleasant flavor.

    Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) is an excellent detoxifying herb. It improves liver function by stimulating bile flow
    and has mild laxative properties. Yellow dock is high in iron and helps to improve blood quality if anemia is a problem.
    To make a tea, simmer two tablespoons of dried root in three and one-half cups of water for 15 minutes in a covered
    pot. Remove from heat and allow to steep for an additional 10 minutes. Strain, sweeten if desired, and drink three
    cups daily. Yellow dock has a bitter, earthy flavor. If you prefer, you can take one-half teaspoon of liquid extract or
    two capsules three times a day.

Aromatherapy Treatments for Fibroids

    Essential oils increase circulation to the pelvic organs, relax tense uterine muscles, ease cramps, and encourage a
    state of overall relaxation that promotes healing. Use the following essential oils in Sitz baths, massage oils, and
    abdominal compresses.

    Ginger is a potent circulatory stimulant with warming properties. It also helps to improve liver function. Ginger has a
    spicy, warm scent.

    Marjoram has potent sedative properties and is an excellent muscle relaxant that eases uterine cramps. It also has
    mild laxative action and helps to relieve constipation when used as an abdominal massage oil. Marjoram has a spicy,
    herbaceous, slightly sweet fragrance.

    Rose is gentle and relaxing, and helps to ease physical and emotional tension. It has mild hormone-balancing
    properties and is considered to be a uterine tonic. Rose has a deep, sweet, floral fragrance.

Sitz Baths for Fibroids

    Sitz baths help to move blood into the pelvic area, which improves circulation and relieves the stagnation that
    contributes to the development of uterine fibroids. For best results, sitz baths should be used five times a week.
    Natural therapies take time and effort, but the results are well worth it.

    Alternating hot and cold sitz baths are the most effective type of sitz bath for increasing energy flow to the uterus. The
    hot bath dilates the blood vessels and brings fresh blood to the pelvic region, while the cold water constricts the blood
    vessels and forces the blood out of the pelvis. The alternating dilation and constriction creates a surge of circulation
    that cleanses and nourishes the uterus.

    You'll need two plastic tubs that are large enough to sit in comfortably. Fill one tub with water as hot as you can
    tolerate, and the other with ice-cold water. You'll need to fill the tub only halfway or less with water-you'll be able to
    determine how much water you need by sitting in the tub. It usually takes a bit of experimentation to get the amount
    of water and the temperature just right. The hot tub should be approximately 105-110 degrees F, and the cold tub
    should be between 55 and 65 degrees F. You may need to add ice cubes to the cold tub to obtain the desired
    temperature. To increase the healing benefits of the bath, add five drops of ginger or marjoram essential oil to the tub
    of hot water.

    Begin by lowering your buttocks into the hot tub-the water should feel uncomfortably hot at first. Sit with your upper
    body and your legs out of the tub, and make sure that your pelvic region is covered up to your navel with the water.
    Stay in the water for three minutes and then immediately move to the cold tub for one minute. Alternate between the
    hot and cold tubs three times, remaining in the hot tub each time for three minutes and the cold tub for one minute.
    Finish with the cold tub, towel off briskly, and rest for a few minutes, concentrating on the healing energy circulating in
    your pelvis.
    Homemade Herbal Tea for Uterine Fibroid

    2 teaspoons dandelion root
    2 teaspoons yellow dock root
    2 teaspoons ginger root
    2 teaspoons licorice root
    3 teaspoons vitex berries, crushed
    3 teaspoons nettle
    4 cups water

    Simmer dandelion root, yellow dock root, ginger root, and
    licorice root in water in a covered pot for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, and add vitex berries and nettle. Cover,
    and steep for 20 minutes. Strain, and drink in equal portions 15 minutes before meals 3 times a day.
    Aromatherapy Massage Oil for Uterine Fibroids

    10 drops ginger essential oil
    10 drops rose essential oil
    2 ounces almond oil
    1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

    Pour oils into a dark-glass bottle. Store tightly capped in a cool, dark place, and shake well before using. Use
    as a massage oil over the abdomen and lower back.
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