Healing Uterine Fibroids

If you happen to know anything about uterine fibroids, commonly
called just “fibroids”, it’s probably because you have them yourself. Perhaps your mother had a hysterectomy because of fibroids and you assume the same will happen to you. We see many women who have fibroids and want to share with you the many options available.

Fibroids are benign uterine tumors, usually multiple, but sometimes
single, found in about 20% of all women over 35. They rarely grow after
menopause. Only 0.5% of all fibroids develop into cancer. Fibroids may be so
small that you never even know you have them or so large that it appears you
are in the early stage of pregnancy. Fibroids are discovered either during a
routine pelvic exam or when symptoms develop, such as abnormal vaginal
bleeding, discomfort, heaviness, or increased urinary frequency due to the
fibroid(s) pressing on the bladder. Diagnosis of fibroids is confirmed by
pelvic ultrasound.

What do I do if I found out I have a fibroid? Women have usu- ally
been told that surgery is the only solution, often fear a hysterectomy, and
come to us seeking an alternative. If you do have fibroids, it is quite helpful
to have an ultrasound, if you haven’t already. This provides a base- line of
the size which you can compare later after treatment. What you do next depends
on the size of the fibroid(s) and whether or not you or not it is causing any
symptoms. If the fibroids remain small, you may never have to worry about them.
If the fibroids are not very large, but are causing bleeding or other symptoms,
natural therapies may be enough. If your fibroids are very large, and
particularly if they are calcified, surgery may be necessary. Keeping your
fibroids at their current size (unless they are large) until menopause may be
enough to prevent surgery.

What natural therapies are available to treat fibroids? Various
natural therapies can be used to ideally shrink the fibroids, or at least to
keep them from growing. We always use homeopathy as a main-stay in treating
fibroids. One remedy, for example, is helpful for women with fibroids who are
irritable, have heavy, clotted periods, cry easily, and have very low sex
drive. A different remedy is needed if the woman is bleeding heavily, with
bright red blood but no clots, quite thirsty, and is a very gregarious and
sympathetic person. There are over fifty homeopathic remedies which may fit the
individual woman. Ayurvedic body typing can also be helpful for fibroids. If
the woman is bleeding heavily, she has a fire (Pitta) imbalance and had best
avoid hot spicy, acidic, and sour food and hot tubs. If she is overweight, has
a sluggish metabolism, and prob- lems with mucus congestion, her fibroid will
respond better to a diet free of or low in dairy, red meat, salt, and heavy
foods. Many cases of uterine of fibroids are due to an excess of estrogen in
the body. Therefore, we often advise decreasing red meat, chicken, and other
dietary sources of estrogen. It is the job of the liver to break down
(conjugate) estrogen. If the liver is sluggish or overworked (which can happen
whenever the body needs to detoxify substances such as fats, caffeine, alcohol,
drugs, or chemicals of any kind), excess estrogen can build up. A combination
of herbs and amino acids can help the liver detoxify more efficiently. A
multiple vitamin and mineral is always important, and if the woman is bleeding
a lot, it’s essential to make sure she’s not anemic and have her take iron if
necessary. Castor oil packs to the abdomen, following the directions of Edgar
Cayce, may help fibroids as can a variety ofWestern, Chinese, and Ayurvedic
herbs. We always recommend daily visualization to send healing light and love
to the uterus.

What about the psychological factors relating to fibroids? This
could be an article it itself! We almost always do hypnosis with any women with
fibroids to discover the underlying cause. Frustrated or unwanted pregnancies,
sexual abuse or lack of sexual satisfaction, self reproach or blame, or the
inner self asking for nurturance are common themes, though what comes up for
each woman is unique. Be sure, regard- less of what therapy you use, to try to
discover the source of why your body manifested the fibroids in the first

What about surgery? If surgery is necessary, find a gynecologist
whom you really trust. Talk carefully with the surgeon prior to scheduling
surgery to make sure that he or she will remove only what is absolutely
necessary and that the uterus and ovaries will all be saved if at all pos-
sible. Many women don’t understand how important it is to try to retain their
ovaries so that hormone therapy will not be required prematurely. None of our
patients, so far, have had hysterectomies due to fibroids. If you do need
surgery, try not to worry. It is routine and safe. We prescribe a homeopathic
remedy for before and after surgery, vitamins and minerals such as beta
carotene, C, zinc, and E to promote rapid recovery and wound healing, and
bromelain to prevent scar tissue formation after surgery. We also do a
pre-surgery hypnosis session to program a very positive outcome. We often hear
reports that the surgeon was amazed at how quickly the woman healed.

Most of all,stay calm, take this opporunity to love and nurture yourself,
make the choices which you, not others, feel are best for you, surround
yourself with healing, and learn the most you can from your experience.

Drs. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman are naturopathic and
homeopathic physicians and cofounders of the Northwest Center for Homeopathic
Medicine in Edmonds, WA. They are coauthors of
The Patient’s Guide to
Homeopathic Medicine and Beyond Ritalin: Homeopathic Treatment of ADD
and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems. They can be reached at (206)

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Written by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman ND MSW

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