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Finding a good herbalist

Much of what is written about here, mainly being in the content of the links, is entirely suitable for a person to work through themselves. However, 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

Personal experiences

I have a very close family member who has had highly problematic fibroids and, consequently, this is an area that I've extensively studied and, for many years, every opportunity I got when travelling to conferences, or when a visiting expert came to town, would try to find the right moment to ask them privately or publicly what they thought could genuinely help resolve fibroids.

Fibroids can and do shrink. this happens through a natural kind of life-cycle of the fibroid, especially as it outgrows it blood supply and it also 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. might help the shrinking process along, but I think it would be unwise to expect any of those things to make them go away altogether and, if the fibroid or fibroids are more than just a few cms to start with, it may be unrealistic to expect them to greatly decrease in size by using any amount of natural medicines.

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 should start with a realistic expectation as well as being prepared to honestly assess if the treatment is making a real difference through:

1) doing follow-up ultrasounds
2) observing how heavy and clotty the periods
3) self-examining your belly the same time each cycle, e.g. 10 days after day 1 of your period

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, once it gets to a certain size.

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 endometriosis is in the picture, you can read about this herbalist's approach here.

Heavy or painful periods

Likewise, if the periods are very heavy and/or painful then some of the old ways of helping to ease the period may be of great support, more here.

Premenstrual syndrome

Attending to hormonal imbalances that show up in the premenstrual syndrome may help address at least part of what is causing fibroids to grow in the first place, this subject is discussed in detail here


Alchemilla vulgaris (Lady's mantle)

Constitutional Health Note:

Finally, you might benefit from learning about your constitution to know what kind of foods, herbs, exercises etc. will work especially well for your health in general.

Constitutional health is an old and fascinating way of understanding our differences. There's a brief introduction here and a more detailed section on working out which constitution you are here.

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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