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Yoga For Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are the most common benign tumors in the female reproductive tract whose exact cause is unknown, but it is known that fibroids are fed by hormones and blood. They can be as small as a millet seed or large enough to fill the entire abdominal cavity. Symptoms of fibroids rarely appear before age 30 but may include painful menstruation, excessive bleeding, and abnormal mucous discharge. Tumors that press on the bladder can cause a need to urinate frequently.

Practicing yoga asanas during your menstrual period might put more blood into the uterus and accelerate fibroid growth. In any case, practicing yoga asanas during your menstrual period can cause heavier blood flow into the uterus, dilation of uterine blood vessels, and heavier bleeding.

Note: Do not practice yoga asanas during the first three days of your period or at any time in which you are experiencing a heavy blood flow.

Twists such as Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja’s Twist) and Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose) can be beneficial, because they allow the abdominal area to be in an open position. As fibroids grow, one’s yoga practice should be changed to accommodate them. Women with large, heavy fibroids should approach yoga as if they were pregnant. For them, supported poses like Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose)Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose), and Salamba Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Supported Bridge Pose) can be of great benefit.

Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja’s Twist)

» Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose)

» Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose)

» Salamba Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Supported Bridge Pose)

Reducing stress and exercising can help relieve the symptoms of fibroids. A low-fat, high fiber, is recommended.
Some foods to eliminate from the diet are dairy products, which increase estrogen; animal proteins, which are high in saturated fats; and alcohol, caffeine, sugar and salt, which deplete minerals and B-complex vitamins that are needed to regulate muscle tension.

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