What is Fibroid?
Fibroids are tumors found within the walls of the uterus that can range in size anywhere from that of a pea to that of an orange or even bigger. More than 70 percent of women will experience this before the age of 50.
These growths (tumors) may result in changes in the shape and size of the uterus and although they are not cancerous, they may have very unpleasant symptoms. In fact in more than 99 percent of cases, the tumors are benign, are not associated with cancer and do not increase the risk of uterine cancer.
They can also be Asymptomatic, so a lot of women will get fibroid and may not even know. Only 30 percent of cases grow to a size that’s detectable during physical examination.
Types of Fibroid
There are different types fibroids, classified based on the location of the tumor
The tumor grows inside the muscular wall of the uterus. It is most common.
The tumor grows outside the uterus, on the serosal lining, and may make your uterus protrude on one side.
The subserosal tumor develops a stem.
Develops in the myometrium and is less common than the others.
Causes of Fibroid
There is no clear cut cause of fibroids but some factors are known to influence it.
The re-lining of the uterus after shedding during each menstrual cycle is controlled by the gonadotropic hormones; oestrogen and progesterone.
Fibroid tissue has a higher amount of estrogen and progesterone receptors. It is sensitive to estrogen but does not have the capacity to regulate it, which is why they can grow so big.
Fibroids can develop and grow quickly during pregnancy. This is believed to be as a result of the higher estrogen and progesterone levels during pregnancy.
Women above the age of 30 have a higher chance of developing fibroids.
- Family History
Fibroid has an association with descent and the family tree. It may run in the family, so if your relative or relatives have this condition, then you may develop it too.
- Hypertension has also been identified as a risk factor.
Symptoms of Fibroid
The symptoms depend on the location, size and number of tumors. They include;
- Abdominal pressure
- Lower back pain
- Long lasting menstruation with heavy bleeding
- Increased menstrual cramping
- Increased urination
- Pain during sex
Once women reach menopause, any fibroid they have will usually shrink and disappear. This is because at menopause, the amount of oestrogen and progesterone is extremely reduced, these two hormones are directly associated with the tumor formation, so cross those hormones out, and the tumor will shrink.
These are treatments recommended by doctors for treatment for fibroid removal
These regulate body hormone levels, and cause estrogen and progesterone secretion to stop. This will cause a pseudo-menopause, stop menstruation and cause the fibroids to shrink. An example is Leuprolide.
There are usually two different types that can be done. An abdominal myotomy involves making incisions on the abdomen, accessing the uterus and removing the fibroids, leaving an intact uterus afterwards. A hysterectomy is the total removal of the uterus, usually performed in the cases where other treatments do not work. It’s usually a last resort.
There are other treatments too, that can shrink a fibroid, it’s not a secret that you can prevent and even cure fibroids using herbs and alternative medicine.
Natural Remedy and Herbal Cure for Fibroid
- Green Tea
Studies show that green tea contains a chemical compound that inhibits the growth of fibroid cells. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that also help manage the symptoms of fibroids.
Drink a cup of green tea twice/thrice daily for a few months until you see changes.
Although milk isn’t an herb, it is a natural way believed to help rid oneself of fibroids. A study showed that women who had consumed three to four dairy products daily had a 30 percent decreased incidence compared to those who had less than one serving a day. So, include more milk to your diet.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Just like the milk, this is not an herb either, but it helps reduce fibroid symptoms and also helps remove toxins from the body. It also helps with fat loss, and although not proven, weight gain has been linked with fibroid development and hormone imbalances, so weight loss by the apple cider vinegar is believed to shrink fibroids too.
Garlic has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that discourage the formation of fibroid tumors.
You can mix garlic with honey if it tastes too strong for you. Eat three to five cloves of garlic daily.
- Green leafy vegetables
These discourage the growth of fibroids in the body. In addition, the vegetables contain Vitamin K, which helps control menstrual bleeding. Vegetables also contain fiber which helps the body get rid of excess estrogen.
- Cruciferous Vegetables
These help balance estrogen levels and help with detoxification in the body by the liver. Research shows that higher consumption of vegetables such as Cabbage, tomato and fresh fruits such as apples, seems to offer some protection from fibroids.
Beta-carotene rich foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach can be very helpful when healing fibroids.
- Ginger root
Widely used herb that increases blood flow to the uterus, this increases circulation and helps reduce inflammation of the uterus. When trying to dissolve fibroids, it is crucial to avoid things that can make it worse, such as –
- High fat foods
- Refined Sugar
- Alcohol in excess
- Refined carbohydrates
Avoiding these makes it easier for you liver to detoxify your body and keep your hormones in balance, discouraging the formation of fibroid.
Fibroid could be a thing of the past with these herbs. But I cannot overemphasize this; if you experience the symptoms, promptly make an appointment with a doctor. Consult a doctor and inform them of your use of the herbs.