Uterine Fibroids
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Ellana
Posted on: June 28, 2006

I have some fibroids of about 5cm and would like to shrink them naturally. At the moment I am using Neprinol, Brevail, Yarrow tea, Vitex Tea (chaste Tree) and progesterone cream. Please can you advise me if am on the right course or whether I will have to add or change something. I really want to shrink these fibriods fast. Please advise me.

In uterine fibroid tumours, the most important step is to determine why the fibroids are growing. Unless this is determined, the fibroids are likely to grow again even if you manage to get rid of them. Factors in fibroid growth can be learned from your doctor (usually by looking at other presenting symptoms and blood tests) and from a natural health care practitioner such as a medical or clinical herbalist or a naturopath, who looks at diet and lifestyle along with the presenting systems. Fibroid growth is triggered by excess estrogen. The question the natural practitioner asks is "why are the sex hormones out of balance". During consultation, a natural health practitioner can advise on diet and lifestyle changes, if necessary, to promote hormone balance. Some examples of factors involved in hormone imbalance: If there are digestive problems or liver distress, the herbs cannot be effectively processed to enter the bloodstream. If the liver is overworked, estrogen will remain in the bloodstream instead of being processed by the liver and then excreted. Digestive, elimination and liver problems are treated with herbs before beginning hormone balancing therapy.

Once other factors have been corrected, therapy to promote fibroid growth includes herbs to improve circulation to the uterus (yarrow is one such herb) and herbs to balance hormones (Vitex is one such herb). Castor oil packs over the uterus are often effective at shrinking fibroids. A good health food store can provide you with instructions for applying the castor oil pack. Please see other answers to questions about fibroids on our website at www.richters.com. Choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then enter "fibroid" for the search.

Neprinol is an enzyme formulation. Brevail is a lignan product marketed to promote hormone balancing. I do not know if these products are effective in helping to shrink fibroid tumours.

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