Are you interested in natural remedies for fibroids? This article will discuss what is a fibroid, uterine fibroid symptoms, uterine fibroids treatment, and natural solutions for uterine fibroids. Whether or not fibroids are causing you minor or major problems, it’s important to address the underlying cause of uterine fibroids so that you can live a healthier life.
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors found within the uterus. About 25% of females over the age of 35 are affected by uterine fibroids. Some women never experience any symptoms while others have debilitating symptoms.
What is a fibroid is a complex question because uterine fibroids can vary in size, number and location. Uterine fibroids most commonly affect women over the age of 35 and they tend to shrink with the onset of menopause.
Intrauterine fibroids are located within the uterus.
Submucosal fibroids are located in the wall of the uterus.
Subserosal fibroids are located under the serous membrane of the uterus.
Pedunculated fibroids are attached to the body by a small stalk. This stalk can twist, causing sudden and severe pain that sometimes requires emergency surgery.
Western medicine has a variety of uterine fibroids treatment. Treatment options range from observation to less invasive surgeries that can preserve fertility to hysterectomies. Iron supplements may be given to address anemia and NSAIDs may be given for pain.
In herbalism fibroids are seen as a symptom, not a disease. So, rather than treating the symptoms - in this case fibroids - my goal is to address the underlying cause and tissue imbalance so that fibroids can resolve on their own.
From a western herbalist’s perspective fibroids can be caused by pelvic stagnation and poor liver function. Women with uterine fibroids may have estrogen dominance, which can be caused by environmental toxicities as well as endocrine disruption and poor liver function. Insulin resistance may also play a role.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine uterine fibroids can be caused by blood stagnation, phlegm stagnation and Liver Qi Stagnation.
Uterine fibroids are caused by a variety of underlying imbalances. The most successful treatments will occur once the entire person is evaluated so that a personal plan can be created.
Herbs can effectively address the underlying reasons for fibroid growth so the body can restore health naturally. Diet, lifestyle and vitamins can also play an important role.
What makes herbalists so successful when working with women with fibroids is that we don’t actually treat or diagnose fibroids. Instead we work to restore overall health where there is imbalance.
Pelvic Decongestants for Uterine Fibroids
These herbs move stagnation in the pelvis by acting on the lymphatic system, improving liver function or by toning the uterus itself. Some of these herbs are best taken internally while some can be used externally to promote movement in the pelvis.
Hepatic Herbs for Fibroids
These herbs specifically address liver function. Poor liver function is often seen as a root cause of uterine fibroids. Poor liver function can result in toxin build-up in the body as well as poor hormone clearance, resulting in imbalanced hormones.
Antispasmodic Herbs for Fibroids
Antispasmodic herbs can be used to relax muscle fibers and thereby decrease pain associated with fibroids.
Nourishing Herbs for Fibroids
Herbs high in iron, magnesium and calcium can address anemia and help prevent excessive blood loss.
Styptic Herbs for Uterine Fibroids
These herbs can stop excessive menstrual bleeding.
Adaptogen Herbs for Uterine Fibroids
Adaptogen herbs address the HPO access and can support the overall health of the endocrine system. (Women with uterine fibroids often have estrogen dominance.)
Insulin resistance may be a contributing factor to uterine fibroids. See my article for more information on how to address insulin resistance naturally.
Low Vitamin D3 levels have been associated with fibroids. Getting tested and then using appropriate sunshine exposure and/or supplements may be necessary.
Mayan Abdominal Massage can be an important tool to encourage a healthy uterus and pelvis.
Uterine fibroids are common and benign tumors that affect many women. Uterine fibroids are not a disease, but rather a symptom of a larger imbalance. Taking the time to understand the whole person is the first step to using natural remedies for fibroids. Herbs, diet, lifestyle and massage can then be chosen to restore health from the inside out.
Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and the Education Director for LearningHerbs. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.