Herbal Remedies for an Ovarian Cyst

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Women of all ages are prone to developing ovarian cysts. They are very common; and most disappear on their own, causing no problems. It is thought that ovarian cysts are the result of hormonal imbalances, especially in woman who take fertility drugs. If you have an ovarian cyst that is persistent and will not go away on its own, you might want to try using one of several herbs known for their ability to dissolve cysts and benign tumors. Consult your health practitioner before using any unfamiliar herb.

Symptoms

Ovarian cysts are generally small, fluid-filled sacs that grow on the outside of the ovary. They may come and go with a woman's menstrual cycle. Most disappear on their own and cause no symptoms at all. When a cyst grows larger, it may begin to cause pain in the abdomen or during intercourse. Additionally, it may bleed and press on pelvic nerves. If you experience any of these symptoms accompanied with fever and chills, seek emergency medical treatment.

Herbal Treatment

Herbal practitioners use several herbs that help balance hormone levels and can reduce the size of the cyst, helping your body shed its remains. Herbs do not work instantly and are a much more gentle approach to getting rid of the cyst. It can take several months for an herbal protocol to show results.

Chasteberry

Chasteberry is a commonly prescribed to help balance estrogen and progesterone and shrink ovarian cysts and fibroids, says "The Natural Menopause Handbook." Chasteberry should be taken first thing in the morning after you awaken, and about one hour before breakfast for best results, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. They recommend taking 20 mg to 40 mg daily. Chasteberry is not fast acting. Allow up to three months to begin to see results. Chasteberry is considered safe when used according to directions. It may cause mild side effects like digestive upset, diarrhea or dry mouth.

Red Clover

Red clover is high in phytoestrogens, plant-like substances that mimic the action of estrogen on a the body. Red clover is known for its ability to help balance female hormones and is often prescribed as a tea not only for treatment of ovarian cysts, but during various other times in a woman's menstrual cycle. Red clover is also available as a tincture and in dried herb form. It is considered safe when used according to directions. Consult an herbal specialist or health practitioner for directions for your specific needs.

Uterine Herb Tea

A tea consisting of a variety of herbs known for their affects on female hormones may be helpful for the treatment of an ovarian cyst. The tea helps the uterus expel the left-over debris after using chasteberry. Make the tea by combining 1 tsp. each of cramp bark, motherwort, burdock root and rhizome of wild yam with 1/2 tsp. each of ginger root, mullein leaves, cleavers leaves and prickly ash bark. Store the dried herbal mixture in a cool dark place. Ask your health practitioner for quantities and frequency of dosing for your specific needs. This herbal mixture is also available in prepared capsules at health food stores.

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