Top 10 Herbs to Manage Fibroids
fibroid tumor is a solid, bumpy growth, usually benign (99% of the time),
located on the outside wall, inside wall, or in the muscular tissue of the
uterus. The general technical names for such a growth are myoma or leiomyoma.
Clinical studies indicates that fibroids are aggravated by an excess of
oestrogen in the body and that fibroids can be shrunk successfully simply by
getting the oestrogen levels back into
The first step in addressing uterine fibroids is identifying the precise
cause. Levels ß-estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone should be measured
over the 28-day menstrual cycle. More in-depth tests of estrogen metabolism
would include measurements of the estrogen metabolites 16-alpha-hydroxy-estrone
and 2-hydroxy-estrone. The former is strongly active and stimulates tissue
growth, whereas the latter is a weaker metabolite and may slow cell
Naturopaths, or those doctors who deal in natural medicine, will often
proscribe herbs that will balance your hormones, regulate your period, and
reduce inflammation in order to help shrink fibroid tumors. Some of the best
herbs to accomplish this are the following:
Chasteberry: Chasteberry is an herb that is also known as Vitex
agnus-castus. The plant is a deciduous shrub that is native to
Mediterranean, European and Central Asian countries. Vitex has slender
leaves and dark purple berries that have a long historical and medicinal use
in ancient Greek and Roman times. Monks commonly ingested this herb during
the Middle Ages to help suppress sexual desire, which led to the inception
of its more common name--chasteberry or chaste tree. According to herbalist
Jessica Godino, chasteberry can help to regulate female hormones and
stimulate your pituitary gland. This herb specifically helps to increase
progesterone and decrease estrogen, which makes it an effective remedy in
cases of excess estrogen. Vitex does not contain specific hormonal building
blocks. Instead, it contains constituents that help to nourish your
endocrine system and enhance your body's ability to obtain hormonal balance
Red raspberry: controls excess bleeding, replenishes lost
Red raspberry is very useful in supporting the body return the reproductive
organs into balance. It's anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea effects makes
red raspberry a powerful herb for menstrual problems. It is also rich source
of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and
vitamins A, B, C and E. Numerous studies indicates that red raspberry helps
to manage blood
sugar levels, helping you keep your energy levels high throughout the
Motherwort: It contains Leonurine which relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus,
preventing cramping, and reducing menstrual pains. Motherwort relaxes the
uterine muscles, regulates
balances hormones and reduces heavy bleeding especially when mixed with red
raspberry. To prepare a infusion, pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2
teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This
should be drunk three times a day as needed.
Siberian ginseng : prevents heavy bleeding. Used for over 4000 years in
Chinese medicine, ginseng is used to combat
anemia caused by heavy bleeding and maintains energy levels. Like red
raspberry, Siberian Ginseng contains properties that support adrenaline
gland and enables the body to cope with physical and mental
stress. It also reduces blood clotting especially when mixed with red
clover. Red clover: helps the liver get rid of excess estrogen.
Goldenseal: reduces inflammation, keeps uterine tissues healthy. It
contains high levels of a compound called alkaloid berberine, which tones
the uterine wall tissue and hinders the development and growth of fibroids.
The suggested daily dosage for goldenseal is 400 mg. Goldenseal should not
be used on a daily basis over a long period of time. You should consult your
physician before taking an herbal supplement.
Echancia: controls benign tumors and reduces inflammation. The rich
content of polysaccharides and phytosterols in echinacea are what make it a
strong immune system
stimulant. The polysaccharides act as immune stimulants by
increasing the levels of white blood cells. They also inhibit the breakdown
of cell walls, so that pathogens cannot easily invade cell tissues.
Echinacein and several isobutylamides are responsible for the local
anesthetic effect and some of the anti-inflammatory activity of echinacea.
Licorice root: is used to treat fluid retention, helping with bloating
and weight gain during menstruation. The Mjölbolsta Hospital found people
taking Licorice over 8 weeks retained less water and normalized blood
pressure levels. Licorice Root is also used to calm the digestion, and when
combined with Red Clover, supports the liver in breaking down excess
estrogen. It assists the adrenal glands and it has anti-inflammatory and
Black cohosh: relieves menstrual pain, and works with problems linked to
menopause, protects liver and is an anti-inflammatory. Phytoestrogens are
the primary nutritional supplements used for balancing women’s hormones.
These are plant-derived estrogens that, although they are not identical to
human estrogens, weakly stimulate estrogen receptors. The most well-known
phytoestrogens are black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) and soy isoflavones.
Interestingly, phytoestrogens can help with both low estrogen (by acting as
a weak estrogen) and high estrogen (by competing with stronger estrogens for
the limited receptor sites). Black cohosh has a long history of use for
hot flashes, the most difficult symptom of estrogen-deficient menopause.
Dong Quai: protects liver and is an anti-inflammatory. Dong Quai has two
very different effects on the uterus, it has the ability to stimulate
contractions and also to relax the uterus thus inhibiting contractions.
Which effect you get depends on how you prepare the herb. Dong Quai's
relaxing effect on the uterus comes from the volatile oils contained in the
root. Volatile means that the oils are easily destroyed. When the desire is
to capture them, brew a medicinal tea or infusion. "Studies indicate that
dong quai hot water extract regulates uterine and intestine contractions,
relaxes the uterus and even inhibits spasms."1 The relaxing effect of Dong
Quai is useful for dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation).
Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Yellow Dock Root: metabolize estrogen and rid
the body of excess
You can use any one of these herbs or combine them to make a tea. Prepare
by adding a small handful of herbs to a pot of boiling water. Steep for five
to ten minutes and drink three times a day. Alternatively you can buy these
herbs in capsule or tincture form. By taking them regularly, fibroid tumors
have been known to shrink within two months.
Exercise is an important element for helping the body to rid itself of
Paying attention to your diet
is another essential ingredient for health, with
concentration on green super foods such as algae and wheat grass. Blackstrap
molasses and apple cider vinegar are excellent choices for cleansing the body,
with molasses helping with heavy bleeding. Placing a warm castor oil pack on
your stomach is another alternative that can help to reduce the size of
Dated 02 January 2013