Does Milk Thistle Shrink Fibroids

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can I take or avoid to shrink/ reduce growth of fibroids?
    I just had a myomectomy last month and they took out 12 fibroids but because of blood loss during surgery they could not remove them all. I still have a bunch of tiny ones at the bottom of my uterus. I read online that milk thistle would help but after purchasing I googled again and read that it could actually increase my estrogen levels which is the last thing I need.
    Does any one know of any herbs, diets, or tips that may help to shrink the remaining fibroids or reduce the chances of them growing?

    • ANSWER:
      Read here. I hope this helps

      http://www.livestrong.com/article/371739-foods-to-eat-to-avoid-fibroids/

  2. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had fibroid that shrunk after using herbal remedies?
    After having a scan recently, I was told that I have fibroids which are two inches big. I did some extensive research and came across a website that advises women to use herbal remedies, control their diet and do exercises to reduce them. Has anyone followed that sort of advice and shrunk them? If so, please let me know what natural products you used, which foods to avoid and any exercise that worked for you. I wish to avoid surgery or homone treatments as I hope to have kids sometime in life. Thanks for any input.

    • ANSWER:
      You should give yourself a pat on the back for avoiding surgery!!!

      The problem with fibroid tumors can simply be resolved by restoring proper progesterone levels, which restores normal growth and shedding of the endometrium.

      Recommendations for healing fibroids by Dr. John Lee:

      WHAT TO DO:
      *Use natural progesterone cream.
      *Eat a plant-based, fiber rich diet (at least 20-30g fiber per day)
      *Take a liver-supporting and detoxifying herbal formula that includes the following herbs: Bupleurum, milk thistle (silybum marianum), barberry or goldenseal, burdock root, yellow dock, dandelion root. {Green Qi would be great for this}
      *Take a uterus-healing herbal formula that includes some or all of the following herbs: myrrh, red raspberry, cayenne, Bupleurum, yarrow, vitex and lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
      *Use a castor oil pack 2-4 times a week (many books on herbal healing have instructions on how to make and use a castor oil pack.)

      WHAT TO AVOID:
      *Unopposed estrogen
      *Dairy products
      *Feed-lot meats (eat only range-fed, organic meats free of drugs and pestiside residue)
      *Coffee (heavily sprayed with DDT)

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anybody knows a natural cure for fibroids, only serious answers please?
    I have fibroids and they are very big, my GYN doctors prescribed 6 months of Lupron they help a little bit but the fibroids are growing back, does any body know any natural cure for fibroids, I will appreciate it

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few things that you can try.

      Vitex
      Vitex is one of the most widely known women's herbs.
      researchers believe that vitex works by regulating the pituitary gland,the one that tells other glands how much of each hormone to make.
      The hormone in question here is estrogen,on which vitex has a regulating effect.
      Vitex needs to be taken for 6 months for it's full benefits to be felt.
      An alternative practitioner typical dosage prescription would be any where from 2,000 to 5,000 milligrammes in capsules per day,or one to two dropperfuls of tincture 2 times per day.
      Caution-to not take during pregnancy,and Vitex can also lesson the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.

      Dietary supplements
      To help shrink fibroids,try taking the following supplements once daily for 3 to 4 months.
      Vitamin C: 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams
      Selenium: 400 micrograms and Zinc: 30 milligrams.

      Uterine fibroid tea.
      This tea combines hormone balancing herbs with those that ease cramps.
      2 teaspoons vitex
      1 teaspoon black cohosh root
      half teaspoon dandelion root
      half teaspoon prickly ash bark
      quarter teaspoon cramp bark
      quarter teaspoon cinnamon bark
      4 cups of water.
      Combine the herbs and water and bring to the boil.
      lower heat and allow tea to simmer for a few minutes.
      Remove from the heat and steep for 20 minutes.
      Strain and drink at least 2 cups a day for 3 to 4 months.

      When you have a bath,you can add several drops of rosemary,lavender,or juniper essential oils to stimulate pelvic circulation.

      You could also try a castor oil pack
      The skin absorbs warm castor oil's active constituents,lectins,which stimualate the immune response to help shrink fibroids.
      Five drops of essential can also be added to a castor oil pack to encourage relaxation.
      to make a pack,soak a clean cloth in castor oil,then place it on the abdomen or on any painful areas.
      Cover the cloth with plastic wrap,then another clean cloth.
      Then apply a heat sorce-A hot water bottle,a heating pad,a cloth bag of lentils,corn,or rice that has been microwaved for a few minutes.
      Leave on for about an hour.

      red raspberry
      This herb is useful if your fibroids cause excessive bleeding during menstruation.
      herbalists believe that it gradually improves the tone of the uterus.
      A typical dosage would be 1 to 2 cup of tea 2 or 3 times a day.
      (steep 1 teaspoon of dried leaves in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes).
      Caution- If you are or think you might be pregnant,use only under the supervision of an experienced practioner.

      Also in traditional chinese medicine,it is believed that taking milk thistle can also help.
      I hope I was of some help and I hope that you are feeling alot better real soon.
      Take care.

  4. QUESTION:
    Uterine Fibroids and Breast Cysts
    Hello All,
    I have uterine fibroids and breast cysts. I am estrogen dominant and began taking steps to repair the damage. I have begun exercising as well as changing my diet free from red meats, dairy and coffee. My doctor and I discussed possible options and since I am fairly young (36), invasive procedures are not beneficial for me since I plan (hope) to have more children and the Fibroids are not yet severely large enough to cause serious damage, however they are uncomfortable.

    I also don't want to take Hormone Therapy due to side affects and my age.

    I researched online various sites advising the use of Natural Herbs to reduce and shrink Fibroids, but there are so many I want to know which herbs are BEST or more EFFECTIVE at eliminating Fibroids.
    I understand that using Natural Herbs it will take abit of a longer time to reduce the Fibroids and I'm ok with that, I just want to "pin-point" the BEST and MOST EFFECTIVE herbs to obtain.

    I've read the following are good choices:
    Vitex (Chasteburry)
    Milk Thistle
    Lady’s Mantle
    Dandelion root
    Flaxseed

    Please if I've missed anything please let me know or advise the best most effective herb remedy to use. Thanks everyone in advance, greatly appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      Goodness, you could be my "female problem identical twin"! Please, please, please, do not remove your uterus. You are not going to like me for this, but I am going to recommend that you go to a Reproductive Gynecological Doctor. They will help you repair the mess your body has made, all the while, ensuring that your fertility will be kept in tact. There is surgery you can have to remove them without doing lots of damage to the uterus.

  5. QUESTION:
    Fibroids and Breast Cysts
    Hello All,
    I have uterine fibroids and breast cysts. I am estrogen dominant and began taking steps to repair the damage. I have begun exercising as well as changing my diet free from red meats, dairy and coffee. My doctor and I discussed possible options and since I am fairly young (36), invasive procedures are not beneficial for me since I plan (hope) to have more children and the Fibroids are not yet severely large enough to cause serious damage, however they are uncomfortable.

    I also don't want to take Hormone Therapy due to side affects and my age.

    I researched online various sites advising the use of Natural Herbs to reduce and shrink Fibroids, but there are so many I want to know which herbs are BEST or more EFFECTIVE at eliminating Fibroids.
    I understand that using Natural Herbs it will take abit of a longer time to reduce the Fibroids and I'm ok with that, I just want to "pin-point" the BEST and MOST EFFECTIVE herbs to obtain.

    I've read the following are good choices:
    Vitex (Chasteburry)
    Milk Thistle
    Lady’s Mantle
    Dandelion root
    Flaxseed

    Please if I've missed anything please let me know or advise the best most effective herb remedy to use. Thanks everyone in advance, greatly appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      Although this might seem rather strange, I have found the primary causative agent for breast cysts to be wearing bras, and every women I've known with the problem had it get better once she stopped wearing a bra for a few weeks.
      I can understand why you would be hesitant to do that, but there's actually a lot of information showing bras are bad for your health (especially tight restrictive ones). They cut the lymph flow, which amongst other things leads to cysts.

      Beyond that, I know a few people who have cured both by using the disolving process (which is explained in a book called opening the energy gates of your body), along with a few others that did it via energy movement forms which made the fluids flow within their body (the best one in that regards was known as gods playing in the clouds).

      I've also read a lot of research data supporting the notion that DMSO applied to the are a cysts or fibroids in can cure it, but I've never had any first hand experience with this approach, mainly because I haven't come to the point where it was necessary to do.

      There are a few herbal remedies which can help to mitigate it etc, but I am of the opinion they're less effective than DMSO so I wouldn't personally use them.

      Hope that helps!

      *I should also note none of the girls had their breasts get aesthetically worse after they stopped wearing them, an increase in size was the only noticeable effect.

  6. QUESTION:
    Fibroids and Breast Cysts
    Hello All,
    I have uterine fibroids and breast cysts. I am estrogen dominant and began taking steps to repair the damage. I have begun exercising as well as changing my diet free from red meats, dairy and coffee. My doctor and I discussed possible options and since I am fairly young (36), invasive procedures are not beneficial for me since I plan (hope) to have more children and the Fibroids are not yet severely large enough to cause serious damage, however they are uncomfortable.

    I also don't want to take Hormone Therapy due to side affects and my age.

    I researched online various sites advising the use of Natural Herbs to reduce and shrink Fibroids, but there are so many I want to know which herbs are BEST or more EFFECTIVE at eliminating Fibroids.
    I understand that using Natural Herbs it will take abit of a longer time to reduce the Fibroids and I'm ok with that, I just want to "pin-point" the BEST and MOST EFFECTIVE herbs to obtain.

    I've read the following are good choices:
    Vitex (Chasteburry)
    Milk Thistle
    Lady’s Mantle
    Dandelion root
    Flaxseed

    Please if I've missed anything please let me know or advise the best most effective herb remedy to use. Thanks everyone in advance, greatly appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      Understand that you don't want surgery due to the desire for more kids - but having had this problem myself, I advise you to take one more thing into consideration - your quality of life should you go for the herbal remedy. You could spend years trying various herbs with the accompanying discomfort, and end up in surgery after all of that. I had surgery and never looked back as I felt great again!

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I shrink Fibroids? Any good diet and Chinese Medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem with fibroid tumors can simply be resolved by restoring proper progesterone levels, which restores normal growth and shedding of the endometrium.

      Recommendations for healing fibroids by Dr. John Lee:

      WHAT TO DO:
      *Use natural progesterone cream.
      *Eat a plant-based, fiber rich diet (at least 20-30g fiber per day)
      *Take a liver-supporting and detoxifying herbal formula that includes the following herbs: Bupleurum, milk thistle (silybum marianum), barberry or goldenseal, burdock root, yellow dock, dandelion root.
      *Take a uterus-healing herbal formula that includes some or all of the following herbs: myrrh, red raspberry, cayenne, Bupleurum, yarrow, vitex and lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
      *Use a castor oil pack 2-4 times a week (many books on herbal healing have instructions on how to make and use a castor oil pack.)

      WHAT TO AVOID:
      *Unopposed estrogen
      *Dairy products
      *Feed-lot meats (eat only range-fed, organic meats free of drugs and pestiside residue)
      *Coffee (heavily sprayed with DDT)

  8. QUESTION:
    My ultrasound showed a 8.4 * 8.0 cm fibroid in the posterior wall of my uterus is this a big fibroid?
    My uterus is enlarged the size of 11.2 * 8.1cm, my ovaries are normal and also my kidneys could having this fibroid stop me from becoming pregnant PLEASE HELPPPPPPPPPPP PLEASEEEEEEEE could I have some response ASAP PLEASEEEEEEEEE thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Help for Women With Fibroids
      c. 2002 Susun S. Weed

      Wise Woman herbal and home remedies are simple, safe ways to help yourself when you have a diagnosis of uterine fibroids.

      Uterine fibroids are solid muscle tissue growths in the uterus. They are also called fibroid tumors, myomas, or leiomyomas. Fibroids occur so frequently (in up to half of all women over forty) that they could be considered a normal irregularity. The occasional fibroid can become enormous (medical literature reports one that was 100 pounds!), but the majority (80%) remain as small as a walnut.

      Fibroids are the number one reason American women have hysterectomies.

      The causes of uterine fibroids are unknown, but estrogens, especially estradiol, promote their growth. After menopause fibroids disappear. But because estrogen levels can rise during the early menopausal years, previously asymptomatic fibroids may grow in the years just before the cessation of menses, resulting in symptoms such as feeling of heaviness in the belly, low back pain, pain with vaginal penetration, urinary frequency or incontinence, bowel difficulties, or severe menstrual pain and flooding.

      Women of color are three to nine times more likely to have fibroids than white women, and theirs will grow more quickly.

      Fibroid tumors are not cancer, not malignant. Tumor means a swelling or a growth, not a malignancy, not cancer. Less than 0.1% of all uterine fibroids are malignant.

      Small fibroids often disappear spontaneously. Larger fibroids are more difficult to resolve, but not impossible to control with natural measures.

      • The “root chakra” (lowermost energy center in the body, which includes the uterus) said to store unexpressed anger. It is believed that any unwanted growths in these organs can be countered by allowing the anger to safely discharge.

      • One woman’s fibroids (and menstrual cramps) disappeared within three months of beginning a vigorous exercise program. Exercise helps insure regular ovulation, and irregular ovulation seems to worsen fibroids.

      • Consuming three or more servings of whole grains or beans daily not only reduces the size of fibroids but offers protection from breast and endometrial cancers as well.

      • Red clover flowers (Trifolium pratense), are one of my favorite infusions, but use during the menopausal years may increase difficulty with fibroids.

      • Strengthening the liver with herbs such as dandelion, milk thistle seed, or yellow dock root helps it metabolize estrogen out of the body, thus reducing fibroids.

      • Vitex or chasteberry tincture, 25-30 drops two to four times daily, often shrinks small fibroids within two months. But results come from long-term use — up to two years.

      • Ask someone to burn moxa over the area of the fibroid while you envision the heat releasing the treasures in your uterus. What is locked up in this fibroid? What can you give birth to?

      • Acupuncture treatments can shrink fibroids.

      • Poke root (Phytolacca americana), used internally as a tincture (1-10 drops per day; start small) and externally as a belly rub oil, has gained a reputation as a profound helper in relieving pain and distresses from fibroids. CAUTION: Poke is considered poisonous; it is not often found for sale. This is one remedy you may have to make yourself to try.

      • Warm castor oil packs on the belly, or ginger compresses (soak a towel in hot ginger water) relieve pain and help shrink the fibroids.

      • The use of progesterone to treat women with uterine fibroids is hotly debated. One side holds that fibroids are created by lack of progesterone. The other side makes, to my mind, the better case: that progesterone increases fibroids. Evidence? Fibroids increase in size during pregnancy, when progesterone production is high, and atrophy after menopause, when progesterone levels decrease. Whichever side is right, eating more whole grains and beans usually changes estrogen/progesterone ratio for the better and shrinks fibroids.

      • Reduce fibroids by reducing your exposure to estrogen: avoid birth control pills, ERT/HRT, estrogen-mimicing residues from herbicides and pesticides used on food crops (eat organically- raised products). Tampons that are bleached with chlorine may mimic the bad effects of estrogen, too.

      • Lupron (leuprolide acetate), a drug which induces “artificial menopause”by shutting down the body's production of estradiol causes a significant decrease in fibroid size within 8-12 weeks. Fibroids do regrow to about 90 percent of their original size when the drug is withdrawn however.

      • Major advances have been made in surgical treatments for women with fibroids. There are many options now besides hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), including hysteroscopic resection, uterine embolization, myomectomy, and suprecervical hysterectomy. Since these are fairly new procedures, take the time to find a surgeon who is skilled in the procedure.

      • Hysterectomy can be a life-saving procedure, but by the age of sixty, more than one-third of American women will have given up their wombs to the surgeons. The presence of non- symptomatic fibroids is never sufficient reason, to my mind, for a hysterectomy. Of my students and apprentices who have had hysterectomies because of fibroids, those who “did their homework” — that is, helped themselves before and after their surgery with all the tools at their disposal — seemed to fare much better than those who did not.

      • With very few exceptions, no woman is healthier without her ovaries. So, even if you elect a hysterectomy, keep your ovaries.

      These Wise Woman ways, and lots more, are in my book New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way, available from www.ashtreepublishing.com. They are arranged in order of risk: the safest first, the most dangerous last. If you have a uterine fibroid and it is a problem, begin with the mildest remedies first. Set a time limit for your use of any remedy, but, except in an emergency, don't go on to stronger remedies until you are sure the safer ones aren't effective for you. As with any advice, you are the best judge of what works for you.

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