If you don’t want to have surgery or take a lot of drugs to treat your uterine fibroids, perhaps you can explore natural remedies. Eating right is the first and most important part of maintaining your health and finding a way to reduce the growth of fibroids. Habits like increasing fiber, leafy greens and beans are known to help. Also reducing caffeine and sugar intake is also a key factor in your overall health.
When it comes to natural remedies, these are often gentler than traditional medicines and take longer for long term results. So be patient because it could be several months to see results.
Always consider that what may work for one person may not always be the best solution for you. You can talk to a naturopathic specialist to get advice and answer any questions you have.
Here’s a list of 10 remedies to try for your uterine fibroids. Consult your doctor if you are taking any medications that could be a concern in combination with some of these remedies.
1. Chasteberry (Vitex)
This is a herb known to help regulate menstrual cycles and reduce bleeding. It also helps with hormonal balance, lowering estrogen levels, reducing imflammation, improving fertility and treating endometriosis.
You can find this in tablet, tincture or as dried berries. Most health food stores carry it.
Dandelion is known to help in liver detoxification. So what does this have to do with fibroids? Well, it’s believed that a poor functioning liver could be one source of fibroid problems. If the liver is not eliminating excess hormones the way it should, this could be a leading factor in you having fibroids.
You can boil dandelion root in water and let it steep for at least 15 minutes before drinking. It’s recommended to do this 3-4 times a day for the best results. Don’t expect results right away. You should do this for at least three months before noticing any changes.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is believed to reduce toxins in the body and because it’s made from apples it also contains vitamins and minerals needed in our bodies.
Many women use this every day as a way to help purify their bodies. I recommend you dilute it in water rather than drink it straight because the acidic nature of it can be hard on your tooth enamel.
Apple cider vinegar is known as an anti-inflammatory and is also considered antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. The body becomes healthier because the alkaline levels help raise pH levels in the body from acidic to alkaline. It’s also an amazing remedy for so many other ailments.
4. Green Tea Extract
A study published on the National Center for Biotechnology website reported that there were benefits of green tea extract for women sufferimg from fibroids. The study found that after four months of using 800 mg/day women showed a reduction in their fibroids by 32.6%. It’s definitely promising news for women looking for alternatives to treating their fibroids.
5. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, red raspberry is also an excellent source of iron, potassium calcium and magnesium. This is a remedy that I have heard about some time ago that many women swear has good results. Red Raspberry tea is known for its ability to give balance to your reproductive system while managing symptoms during your menstrual cycle. It’s also been said that it helps to strengthen the uterine muscles.
You can find the bagged or loose leaf tea at any health food store.
6. Red Clover Herbal Tea
Known for its ability to help coughs, menopause symptoms, sleep and muscle spasms, there continues to be some conflicting information about the benefits of red clover tea for uterine fibroids.
One thing for certain is that some medications can interact with red clover leaf so you should be cautious when using it. [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT IT]
7. Serrapetase Enzymes
This is a treatment that I never heard of before, but found quite interesting. Serrapetase enzymes are thought to be one of the most powerful enzymes in the treatment of fibroids. It has the ability to break down protein into peptides and amino acids which is very important.
To put it in simple terms, serrapetase targets fibroids because it sees them as dead tissue then eats up the fibrous tissue stopping the cell division which then shrinks the fibroid.
One major concern with taking this enzyme would be for those taking blood thinning medications. It is not recommended you take serrapetase. As always speak to your physician before starting anything when you’re already taking medications.
8. Castor Oil Pack (topical use)
Now castor oil is something I never thought would be on a list of remedies for uterine fibroids. I’ve used it as a moisturizer for my hair and scalp, but never would I have known its use for fibroids until I started researching remedies. Perhaps some of you reading are already aware of this, but I wasn’t and I’m sure there are others who didn’t know either.
Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid which helps to regulate menstruation. It’s been used since ancient Egyptian times for various remedies and is known to also relieve pain and reduce inflammation from menstrual cycles.
I found this very interesting video that gives a step by step guide on how to use castor oil packs to treat your fibroids. She gives a lot of information and details as to which types of fibroids this method is best for. It’s about 30 minutes and was done by Dr. Akilah El who shows you how to use it and talks about the benefits.
9. Black Cohash
This herb is mainly found in North America and has been used by women for centuries to manage menstrual symptoms. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has openly supported using black cohash. It contains isoflavones which help with regulating your menstrual cycle. It’s also known to help relax muscles muscles in the uterus while balancing estrogen levels and has been reported to actually shrink uterine fibroids.
Prepare black cohash as a tea and use it every day in orderto get the best benefits.
10. Goldenseal Root
This herb helps to boost immunity while reducing inflammation. It’s effective also because of its antimicrobial, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s most famously known for athletes using it to mask other drugs in tests. But it has proven effectiveness for menstrual symptoms.
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These are just a few of the many natural remedies for fibroids and menstrual health. Always be sure to consult with your doctor or naturopathic specialist before making a decision as to what treatment you want to try.