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| What to Do When Fibroids Shrink? |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Janet
Posted on: May 10, 2001
I have been following your herbal treatment prescribed to Marsha. My fibroid was only the size of an egg. I had been drinking green tea. I had some sour stomachs so, I stopped the green tea. I went for my yearly check up and my fibroid had grown to the size of a baseball. I went back on the green tea and cut down my coffee to one cup, in the morning. And began your treatment. I have no more of the stiffness across my abdomen (pressure). It use to be, if I would sit down, I would get stiff across there. I know this treatment is helping that way. What could this mean? My doctor says it’s a run between menopause and this tumor. Because, if I would go into real menopause, the fibroid would shrink. I will be 48 this year. I would like to know. May I continue this treatment as long as I need to. Instead of just 3 months? I have had no other symptoms than the above mentioned.
Uterine fibroids are stimulated by estrogen, which is why they usually disappear around the time of menopause, when estrogen decreases (unless the woman is taking hormone replacement therapy, which encourages the growth of fibroids). Blood sugar imbalance and toxic accumulation from environmental toxins and food additives are contributing factors to the growth of fibroids. In treating fibroids, the herbal medicine approach includes recommendations to improve the woman’s health by good lifestyle approaches, such as good diet and sufficient exercise. If the diet is high in fresh fruit and vegetables with a daily serving of whole grains, and very low in meat, dairy products, sugar and food additives, then the herbs suggested on our website (at http://www.richters.com; choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then choose "Medicinal Herbs and Their Uses" and search for the item " fibroids") usually shrink small fibroids within 3 months. If the cause of the fibroids is removed, by improving diet and exercise, then it is not necessary to continue taking the herbs.
You can maintain a healthy blood sugar balance and hormone balance by continuing with a healthy diet. Good nutritive herbs that help to maintain this balance are nettles, which can be taken as a tea or cooked as a vegetable, and dandelion root, which can be taken as "dandelion coffee", available at most health food stores. Nettle is a nutritive blood tonic and circulatory stimulant. Dandelion root is liver supportive, helping the liver in its roles of detoxification and metabolizing hormones. A cup of astringing Yarrow tea, taken daily for another month or so, can help keep the fibroid growth in check.