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Using herbs for fibroids is a bit of a controversial practice due to a lack of scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of these herbs, the lack of governmental regulation, and the possible side effects or negative interactions with other medications. With that said, many women have reported great success with using herbs such as chasteberry, ginger, or red clover. Other herbs for fibroids that may prove to be beneficial include motherwort, licorice root, and goldenseal. Patient education is key, and no form of herbal treatment should begin without consulting a doctor or other medical professional in order to evaluate the potential benefits and risks of using herbs for fibroids on an individual basis.
Chasteberry and ginger are among the more popular herbs for fibroids. A chasteberry tincture can be used between two and four times per day to help shrink smaller fibroids, although this process may take several months. Possible side effects of chasteberry include skin irritation, gastrointestinal disturbances, and cardiac problems. Ginger can be used as a warm compress to help relieve the pain associated with fibroids. The herb has natural blood-thinning properties and should be used with caution among those who have any type of bleeding disorder.
Red clover is one of the most commonly used herbs for fibroids. This herb may help to reduce symptoms in some women, although it has been shown to increase symptoms in menopausal women. Motherwort helps to relax the muscles of the uterus and may help to control cramping and uterine spasms, common sources of pain and discomfort among those with uterine fibroids. Drowsiness and increased sensitivity to sunlight may occur when taking this herb. Motherwort should not be used by pregnant women, as it may induce miscarriage.
Licorice root and goldenseal are also among the possible herbs for fibroids. Water retention and bloating may be reduced by taking daily doses of licorice root, although headache and muscle weakness may occur if taken in large doses. Goldenseal helps to reduce inflammation of the uterus and may also serve to help strengthen the immune system. Pregnant women should not use this herb, as it has been linked to brain damage in the unborn child.
Many women can safely take a combination of the various herbs for fibroids, although it remains important to consult a medical professional before beginning any new treatment method. Some herbs have negative interactions with certain medications, and those with some medical conditions may be advised to avoid the use of certain herbs. A doctor or certified homeopathic practitioner can help the patient devise an individualized treatment plan, which may include herbs that are deemed healthy for the particular patient in question.
Most doctors would say that alternative treatments for fibroids have not been scientifically proven. Some fibroids shrink on their own, so you can't be sure that these alternative methods are working. The fibroids would have disappeared on their own, most likely. Of course, eating herbs never hurt anyone.
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