Natural treatments for uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts

Updated April 03, 2017

Fibroids are benign uterine growths. Many women have no symptoms while others experience bleeding, increased urination, bladder displacement, urine retention, constipation, infertility, miscarriage, pain during intercourse and anaemia. Ovarian cysts are enlarged follicles that fail to rupture and release an egg. Women may experience general pain, disrupted periods, pain in the back and abdomen and painful intercourse. Both of these conditions are caused by imbalances in oestrogen production. There are many natural treatments to deal with both of these conditions. Talk to your doctor about any natural supplements you are using.

Herbal treatments for fibroids

Herbal treatments that address bleeding often work quite quickly, but supplements that control hormone levels take about three months of use before bringing about noticeable results.

Black cohosh controls bleeding and relieves pain; take 500 milligrams (0.0176 oz) daily. Cinnamon oil has a long history of use in traditional American medicine to control bleeding fibroids. Use 10-to-15 drops every 15 minutes until the bleeding stops. Dan shen, which should only be used under professional supervision, treats congealed blood, dark red clots during menstruation, and relieves pelvic congestion. Reishi tincture alleviates pelvic inflammation. Take one tablespoon in 59 ml (1/4 cup) of water three times daily.

There are three traditional Chinese formulas that are commonly used to treat uterine fibroids. Take as directed on the product label.

Augmented Rambling powder lowers oestrogen levels and is most useful for women who are also suffering from painful or difficult urination. Cinnamon Twig and Poria Pill lowers oestrogen levels without interfering with the menstrual cycle or causing weight gain. Four Substance Decoction treats fibroids and is especially useful for women who eat a poor diet.

Herbal treatments for ovarian cysts

Dioscorea tincture, also known as wild yam, alleviates cramping caused by ovarian cysts. Take as directed on the label. Dong quai relieves pain resulting from this condition. Take 1,000 milligrams (0.035 oz) daily during the two-week period after menstruation and then discontinue for two weeks.

There are several Chinese formulas used to treat ovarian cysts. Use as directed on the product label.

Dong Quai and Peony Powder reduces oestrogen levels and the formation of inflammatory substances in the tissues that line the uterus. Two Cured Decoction reduces oestrogen levels. Augmented Rambling Powder and Cinnamon Twig and Poria pill, which are listed above, can also be used for ovarian cysts.

Other suggestions

Oestrogen is produced from body fat. Excess weight increases the amount of oestrogen in the body, so make an effort to maintain a normal weight. Do your best to exercise regularly and reduce stress levels. Avoid the following herbs that stimulate oestrogen production: Coleus, Cordyceps, fennel seed, liquorice, and moutan.

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Kelli Cooper has been a writer since 2009, specializing in health and fitness. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers University and is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise.