| ||Herbal Medicine: Uterine Fibroids||
Fibroid tumors are benign muscle tumors that cause enlargement and distortion
of the uterus in pre-menopausal women. They may make menstruation painful
and heavy, possibly leading to anaemia. This is the commonest reason for
hysterectomy, but unless the fibroids are causing significant problems it
is best to avoid such drastic steps. They rarely become malignant. As they
are dependent on estrogen for their growth, they will shrink down at menopause.
If surgery is necessary, consider the new laser based techniques rather
than removal of the whole womb.
Actions indicated for the processes behind this disease :
Uterine tonics to help the general health and vitality of the
Uterine Astringents will reduce blood loss.
Alteratives often help in health problems associated with benign
growths. I would love to know why!
Anti-spasmodics will lessen the cramping, dysmenorrhoea like pains.
Lymphatics support the drainage of fluid from the womb.
Immune support may be appropriate. Please refer to that section
System Support :
Uterine tonics must provide the basis for any herbal medication, ensuring
that the reproductive system can benefit from their unique toning.
Specific Remedies :
There are no traditional specifics as such.
One possible prescription :
Caulophyllum thalictroides 2 parts
Vinca major 2 parts
Vitex agnus-castis 1 part
Cimicifuga racemosa 1 part
Dioscorea villosa 1 part
Galium aparine 1 part 2.5 ml of tincture 3 times a day
This can be made stronger by the addition of more anti-spasmodic or astringent
remedies. The following actions are being supplied :
Uterine tonic (Caulophyllum thalictroides, Cimicifuga
Uterine Astringent (Vinca major)
Alterative (Galium aparine, Cimicifuga racemosa, Caulophyllum
Anti-spasmodic (Cimicifuga racemosa)
Lymphatic (Galium aparine)
Broader Context of Treatment :
Attention to general health and well-being is vital. Focus on a whole range
of issues to ensure that the woman can be as at ease with her body and life
- diet: a well balanced and nutritious diet that is rich in fresh
- body work: suggest approaches that will engendered an experience
of bodily ease and relaxation. This may be aromatherapy massage, walks by
the ocean, dancing, and so on.
- peace of mind: relaxation exercises, meditation or counseling
may be appropriate.
- life-style: re-evaluation of work and home environments, relationships,
personal goals, will often clarify areas of positive growth and transformation.
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