Subject: Shrinking Fibroids, Cystic Breasts
Answered by: Christine Dennis


Question from: Margaret
Posted on: February 21, 2008

What type of herbs are good for shrinkage of fibroids, and cystic grandular of the breast?

This question has already been answered and can be found at:

http://www.richters.com/qa-search.cgi?search=fibroid

http://www.richters.com/qa-search.cgi?search=cyst

However, I would like to add that in order to know how to shrink a fibroid and reduce the grandular cysts in the breast, it is important to understand why they are there in the first place. Most, if not all, benign growths (fibroids) and cysts are signs of the body corralling together/containing material thus removing from the blood system any excesses or "toxins". The body is not able to eliminate these excesses and :toxins" via the 4 main elimination routes - bowels, kidneys, lungs and skin, and as a result is closing off the metabolic wastes and essentially "eliminating" them from continuing to freely circulate around and around and around the body again. Therefore, it is obvious at this point that the normal elimination systems functions are essential. Anything that is not easy for the body to naturally eliminate can cause the body to corral it off thus adding to the fibroid growing.

Artificial flavourings, sweeteners, colourings and preservatives are known to be difficult for the body to deal with. Other chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers are as well. Foods that slow or "bog down" the digestive system are also implicated here. If the body has a hard time breaking down foods, then they may only get partially broken down and are then labelled as unrecognizable and become difficult to eliminate. Diary products and heavy meats such as red meat are examples. Caffeine is also a difficult food item.

Since fibroid/cyst growth is stimulate by excess estrogen, anything that increases or causes estrogen fluctuations is going to be a problem - birth control pills, exogenous estrogens (found in plastics and chemicals). Blood sugar regulation is important because blood sugar swings cause hormonal swings and therefore periods of excessive hormones which again will make the fibroid and cysts grow.

Both soluble and insoluble fibre is important as these "difficult" foods items and artificial ingredients can be absorbed by the fibre and then eliminated by the bowels.

Please refer to the other answers (above links) for more on herbs and diet to help these conditions.

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