Although a natural approach does not work for all women, a fair proportion has found that they can manage their symptoms with natural remedies. If you want to know how to shrink fibroids naturally, below you will discover the various methods other women have used.
Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumours that grow in the uterus (womb). Fibroids sometimes referred to as leiomyomas, uterine myomas or fibromyomas, are pretty common. While they can grow to the size of a melon, most women do not suffer from any symptoms. When they do cause symptoms, women may experience heavy periods and painful periods, abdominal swelling, constipation, pain during sex and a frequent need to urinate.
Change What you are Eating
While there hasn’t been much research conducted on the relationship between fibroids and diet, many women choosing natural ways to treat their condition tend to use diet as a first step. It must be said that not everyone finds changing their diet helpful, but some women do notice improvements. It has been suggested, though, that eating healthy is the foundation for the success of other natural remedies for fibroids.
What Food Should You Avoid?
Although the cause of fibroids still remains unknown, excess estrogen is said to promote the growth of fibroids. Therefore, a typical fibroids diet is based around lowering levels of estrogen in the body, which generally consists of avoiding certain foods.
Red meat should be avoided if you suffer from fibroids as it tends to contain various hormones, like estrogen. Studies have also shown an increased risk of developing fibroids in women who consume high amounts of red meat.
Dairy is similar to red meat in that milk often contains hormones.
Sugar & Processed Food
We could all benefit from cutting sugar out of our diets, but this is especially true if you suffer from fibroids. Sugar increases insulin levels which lowers the level of the estrogen-binding hormone, allowing for high levels of estrogen in the blood. Sugar also promotes inflammation in the body, which is an underlying cause for various conditions.
One of the jobs of the liver is to get rid of excess hormones, including estrogen. Eating high levels of saturated fat takes it toll on the liver, preventing it from its job, which can then lead to a build of of estrogen in the body. Additionally, eating saturated fats can cause weight gain, which has also been linked to fibroid growth.
What Food Should You be Eating?
There are certain food products that are known to offer some relief for women with fibroids; some foods are even said to reduce the size of the tumours.
Eating organic food limits the risk of exposure from hormone additives.
Onions & Garlic
Onions and garlic are packed full of antioxidants that can help to stop cell damage, which is what leads to fibroid tumours developing. This can potentially inhibit the growth of the fibroids. For maximum benefit these foods are best eaten raw – garlic is more beneficial when crushed.
Fruit & Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables should be including into any healthy diet as they are full of nutrients and fibre.
Studies have shown that women with a high-fibre diet have lower estrogen levels than those that don’t eat enough fibre. When there is excess fibre in the body, your liver filters it out into the digestive tract and it is there that fibre binds to the estrogen, where it is then excreted.
Keep Your Weight Down
It has been suggested that being overweight increases your chances of developing fibroid tumours. Overweight women tend to have more estrogen levels in their body, which happens because fat cells actually produce extra estrogen. This is especially true for abdominal fat which, once lost, will result in your hormones balancing out. Having excess fat in your body also puts a strain on your liver, which can potentially prevent it from doing its job of flushing out excess hormones, including estrogen, thus leading to a build up in your body.
Make Sure You Are Staying Hydrated
If you want to know how to shrink fibroids naturally, then you should definitely think about increasing your water intake. Most people are not consuming enough fluids as they should be, which can lead to all kinds of chronic health problems.
When the you are dehydrated it prevents the body from flushing out toxins, which will eventually result in a build up. Drinking enough water will ensure that your body flushes out any fibroid-causing toxins that it may be harbouring.
Some women have found a lot of success with shrinking their fibroids by doing a water fast. A water fast is pretty difficult, though, and consists of just drinking water for 2-30 days – beginners generally are advised to start off with a 2 day fast. There are special clinics that specialize in water fasts, which I recommend if you are to do something so drastic. A water fast may be a good way to shrink fibroids naturally as it allows your body to detoxify completely.
Reduce Stress Levels
Long-term stress will eventually lead to estrogen dominance. There hasn’t been much research done on the relationship between stress and fibroids though some suggest there is a link between the two.
Prolonged periods of stress can cause adrenal fatigue, which will eventually lead to a hormonal imbalance. The adrenal glands, two walnut-sized endocrine glands that sit at the top of each kidney, produce the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, among others.
Long periods of stress takes its toll on your adrenal glands, which puts them into overdrive, possibly causing adrenal fatigue. When this occurs, your body begins to use the hormone progesterone as a way to create cortisol, which results in a hormone imbalance, causing a rise in estrogen.
Get In Some Exercise
Experts suggest that to stay healthy you should exercise for at least two hours a week. Although, there isn’t much evidence to suggest that exercise will shrink fibroids, many women have found that it helps with symptom management. In some cases, though, it has even helped to shrink fibroids completely.
Exercise is beneficial as doing it consistently will result in weight loss, meaning the level of estrogen in your body should naturally decrease. Also, exercising will reduce your stress levels and make you feel good by releasing the body’s natural mood elevator, endorphins.
The best way to start off a new exercise program is by gradually increasing the length of each session. If you haven’t exercised before, or in a long time, simply start with 10 minutes a day – anything is better than nothing at all.
Use a Ginger Compress
A ginger compress is a traditional remedy used in Southern Asia. It is said that the properties in ginger, when used as a warm compress, stimulate the circulation of tissue and blood. It is also said to relieve stagnation, which in Chinese medicine refers to blocked energy that they suggest can lead to a range of health conditions.
In relation to fibroids, putting a ginger compress on the stomach can potentially dissolve the tumours as it is said to be effective at breaking down hardened accumulations of fat, minerals and proteins. I am not sure if this will work, but it is definitely worth a try.
How to make a ginger compress?
|1. Grate a handful of fresh ginger|
2. Secure it in a muslin or cheese cloth using an elastic band to tie the ends
3. Bring a pot of water to boil
4. Reduce heat then place the secured ginger in the pot and leave for 10 minutes to infuse
5. Dip a small towel into the pot, let it soak for 2 minutes, then wring out
6. Place the towel on your tummy and leave for up to 20 minutesNote: you may want to re-dip the face towel in the water as it begins to cool and replace back on your tummy
The Power of Herbs
As well as changing your lifestyle, there are natural herbs that you can take that have worked for women with fibroids; these include:
Motherwort, botanically known as leonurus cardiaca, is a plant that is part of the mint family. Motherwort was originally used as an herbal remedy for cardiovascular health but has fast become a popular herb for women’s health. It can ease the cramping associated with periods and is also known to balance hormones.
Chasteberry, also known as vitex agnus-cactus is a popular natural remedy for gynaecological conditions, including PMS. While there is not enough evidence to support chasteberry as a remedy for fibroids, it is said to control bleeding as well as regulate hormones, which will slow the growth of the tumours and possibly prevent them from returning.
You wouldn’t expect these wild plants to be full of health benefits, but the dandelion root is popular in the natural health community. It is even being looked at as a possible cancer treatment. It makes a good remedy for fibroids as is it is a natural, yet powerful liver cleanser, which will help to flush out excess estrogen. Another good herb for this is Yellow Dock.
In reading how to shrink fibroids naturally, you should know that there is no miracle cure and it will take time. Many women have found success with natural remedies for fibroids; it is a good route to go down if your doctor has recommended an observational approach. You pretty much have nothing to lose.