Natural, Complementary or Alternative Therapies for Fibroids
Since hormonal imbalance is a likely cause of fibroid growth, methods to restore hormone balance can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of fibroids and their size. Phytotherapy can be effective, especially when used in conjunction with supportive dietary and lifestyle measuresWe agree with the many experts who advise that reducing the xenoestrogens you ingest is also helpful in treating fibroids. These include the pesticides in most fruits and vegetables, and the growth hormones commonly present in milk and meat products.
Some advocate a strict organic macrobiotic diet, but this can easily lead to an excess of carbohydrates, which creates other problems for hormonal balance. We recommend a healing diet that curtails carbohydrates and increases protein - no more than 15 grams of carbohydrates per meal, and 7 grams per snack. We have seen that the addition of non-genetically-modified soy in reasonable amounts (80 mg of isoflavones per day) can be helpful. Soy helps block estrogen's stimulation of the uterine tissue. It's also an excellent protein source without the growth hormones in ordinary meat products. We get the best results with products based on non-GMO whole soy. Results from soy extracts, especially pill forms, are less reliable.
Weight loss can be important in treating fibroids. Body fat is a secondary production site for estrogen, so excess weight contributes to estrogen-progesterone imbalance. However, caution is required when dieting, as low-fat diets actually sabotage hormonal balance.
The emotional factors that contribute to fibroids can be difficult to deal with, but we encourage you to try. Many women with fibroids report remarkable improvement from their efforts to resolve relationship issues and stress. The common theme is finding your voice and being heard.
There are many techniques in alternative medicine that may be helpful. Complementary medicine with an acupuncturist or chiropractor, or body work with a Rolfing or Reiki practitioner, can contribute toward a new balance. Meditation has been proven to help alleviate fibroid symptoms.
For many years, one of the most popular products at our practice has been castor oil packs. Countless women have found they provide effective if only temporary symptom relief.