Fibroids

  • Personal experiences
  • Associated problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Heavy or painful periods
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Finding a good herbalist

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Personal experiences

I have a close family member with very problematic fibroids and as a consequence this is an area that I have not only extensively studied but in addition, for many years, every opportunity I got when I travelled to conferences or when a visiting expert came to town, I would find the right moment to ask them privately or publically what they thought could genuinely help resolve fibroids, -- as a consequence of all that we have tried a lot, and I really mean a lot, of different treatments over the years...

I want to make it clear before I go on that I am very much speaking from my personal experience here. If you look around the website you will see that this is the theme throughout. I am not selling or promoting products but rather I am just honestly sharing what I have seen working, which also has to include what doesn't work. 

Don't get me wrong here, fibroids can and do shrink. I think that this happens through a natural kind of life-cycle of the fibroid, especially as it outgrows it blood supply and I also think it happens through just getting older and having less circulating oestrogens etc...

...it may also be that using combinations of such things as Indole-3-carbinoles, natural enzymes, high doses of Vitex, Lady's Mantle etc. can help the shrinking process along too but I think it would be unwise to expect any of those things to make them actually go away altogether and if the fibroid or fibroids are much more than just a few cms large to start with it may be unrealistic to expect them to greatly decrease in size.

I am saying this because I know that taking natural medicines over the many months required for this kind of therapy can be arduous and expensive and you need to start with a realistic expectation as well as being prepared to honestly assess if the treatment is making a real difference through doing follow up ultrasounds, seeing how heavy and clotty the periods are, and even just feeling the lump for yourself at around the same time of month.

Holistic medicine is fantastic for functional problems. You are, in effect, helping the body to heal and balance itself. A fibroid is not a functional imbalance, it is a mass (albeit thankfully a benign one) and it may be beyond your body's ability to dissolve it, regardless of what you do or what you take.

If things are bad enough that your health is really being bought down by the fibroids then, if you can afford it, and if you can find a specialist you are willing to trust, I encourage you to be open minded to the several surgical options available; because especially if they can find a way to help you whilst keeping your womb intact, then this may be the best path for you to get the main help you need...

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Associated problems

Where the holistic approach is at its best is in the way it can gently and naturally help the body to heal and balance itself. If you or someone you care for has problematic fibroids then it is quite possible that there is one or more associated problem that, by virtue of being more of a functional rather than anatomical disturbance, may be much more amenable to the kind of help that herbs can give.

Endometriosis

For example if there is some endometriosis in the picture then I encourage you to read my detailed thoughts on a herbalist's approach to this here.

Heavy or painful periods

Likewise if the periods are very heavy and/or painful then, along with hopefully finding a way to resolve the fibroids permanently if they are the key cause, some of the old ways of helping to ease the period may be of great support - this area is written up here.

Premenstrual syndrome

Lastly it is likely that attending to the hormonal imbalances that show up in the premenstrual syndrome in certain characteristic patterns may help address the cause of the growth of the fibroids in the first place and this subject is discussed in detail here.

Finding a good herbalist

If things are quite bad, or you just know that you need further help, then there may be a great deal of benefit to you to go to whatever lengths necessary to find a good herbalist or truly holistic practitioner to guide you on to a safe and strong treatment program. There's a short write-up to suggest how you might go about finding such a person here


Alchemilla vulgaris (Lady's mantle)

Please understand that I cannot personally advise you without seeing you in my clinic.
This living 'book' is my labour of love so, wherever you are, I wish you peace & good health!

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