Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors located on the inside or outside of the uterus and form during menstruation. These tumors are sometimes accompanied by pain and excessive menstrual bleeding, but they are not life-threatening. In some cases surgical procedures may be necessary to remove fibroids, but there are natural treatments as well.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. Getting to a healthy weight through proper nutrition will help the body reduce estrogen overproduction, which is responsible for uterine fibroid growth. Avoid foods that contain synthetic hormones, such as red meats, as well as plant estrogens such as soy.
Add bitter herbs such as dandelion greens, endive and radicchio to salads and cooked dishes. These herbs support liver function, which in turn allows for proper removal of excess estrogen through the liver's filtration processes.
Apply hot compresses to the pelvis for up to 15 minutes, alternating with a cold compress for five minutes several times a day. This increases circulation to the pelvis, which alleviates inflammation and reduces fibroid size.
Reduce stress and avoid additional stress through exercise and meditation. Yoga and Pilates are ideal stress-relieving exercises. Stress triggers a decline in progesterone, thus leading to a hormone imbalance. This imbalance contributes to the growth and formation of fibroids. Reducing stress will restore hormone balance and cause fibroids to shrink.
Drink eight to ten glasses of water per day. Water flushes out toxins in the body and assists liver function while balancing out hormone levels. This prevents increases in estrogen production and reduces fibroid growth.