Women who suffer with fibroid pain and excessive bleeding are always looking for something to relieve their symptoms. These non-cancerous growths in the uterus can cause severe pain and interfere with a woman’s daily life, but not not all women have symptoms. If you are one of the unlucky ones, take some time to look at these alternative natural remedies and lifestyle changes for fibroid treatment.
Although not all scientists agree, some experts believe there are lifestyle changes for fibroid treatment that can help with quality of life and also improve symptoms, including depression.
A healthy diet, regular physical exercise, and utilizing relaxation exercises can contribute to improving fibroid symptoms
Look at Your Diet
There is research that shows women who consume a lot of red meat along with other foods high in calories, fat, and sugar are more likely to develop fibroids. If this is true, eating more white meat like turkey and chicken instead of red could help lower your risk in addition to reducing the severity of your symptoms.
Include fiber-rich unprocessed foods in your daily diet. Vitamins like B-1, B-6, E, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids can help ease symptoms. Speak with Dr. Albert E. Odom, Jr. before beginning a new regimen of supplements to find out which are likely to offer the biggest benefits for you and your fibroids.
Herbal and Natural Remedies for Fibroid Treatment
Curcumin is an antioxidant found in turmeric. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Some research claims curcumin destroys fibroid cells or stops them from reproducing. However, this claim has not been scientifically proven as yet.
This chemical is found in blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and mulberries. Various research suggests this chemical may stop fibroid cell growth.
Green tea contains antioxidants called flavanols. This bioflavonoid in green tea may help reduce the size and number of fibroids.
A study from 2013 looked at 39 women with one or more fibroids. All women involved in the study either took 800 mg of green tea or were given a placebo each day for 4 months. The test results reported the green tea group had less severe symptoms, and that their fibroids shrunk in size.
Of course, more research is needed, but if you’re going to drink tea, and you have fibroid symptoms, why not make it green tea?
Lifestyle Changes To Try
Many women state that making some changes in their everyday life can help improve their painful fibroid symptoms.
Women who are overweight or obese are more likely to have fibroids, so getting down to a healthy weight through exercise and dietary changes may help with fibroid symptoms.
In addition, many women find taking up tai-chi or yoga eliminates some of the worst symptoms associated with uterine fibroids. Stress management is another excellent benefit from these activities that contributes greatly to improve a person’s overall health.
Talk with Dr. Albert E. Odom, Jr.
Find out what other alternatives could be recommended, such as:
- Birth control pills
- Injections to control bleeding
- An IUD to control some of the heavy bleeding
- Hormone therapy
- Medications that shrink fibroids
If you suffer with fibroid pain and excessive bleeding, contact Dr. Albert E. Odom, Jr. to discuss what natural remedies and lifestyle changes for fibroid treatment might be best for you.
As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (803) 907-7300 today!