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Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) growths that develop in and around the walls of the uterus (womb). Also known as myomas, fibromas or leiomyomas, they consist of fibrous connective tissue and smooth muscle cells. It is estimated that around 20% to 50% of women in reproductive age have uterine fibroids, though not all are detected. The size of the fibroids varies and can range from the size of a pea to that of a small grapefruit. They may also vary in their location and number. Although the exact cause of uterine fibroids is not known, the hormones progesterone and oestrogen are said to play a key role. Some of the risk factors for fibroids include: 

  • Age: Fibroids are more commonly observed in women who are in their 30s and 40s. They usually shrink after menopause.
  • Family history of fibroids: If somebody in your family has or had fibroids, chances are you may develop them too
  • Ethnicity: African-American women are at a higher risk of developing fibroids.
  • Obesity: Overweight women are more likely to be prone to fibroids. (Read more: Obesity complications)
  • Eating habits: Eating a lot of red meat is known to increase the risk of fibroids, while green vegetables seem to decrease it.

Homeopathy is based on the theory of individualisation. Before prescribing a specific remedy, a homeopathic doctor not only considers the clinical history and apparent symptoms presented by the individual but also his/her lifestyle, hereditary factors and personality. This helps heal the person as a whole along with improving symptoms. Homeopathic remedies used in the treatment of uterine fibroids include aurum muriaticum natronatum, calcarea carbonica, lycopodium clavatum, phosphorus, pulsatilla pratensis, sepia officinalis, sulphur and thuja occidentalis.

  1. Homeopathic medicines for uterine fibroids
  2. Dietary and lifestyle changes for a uterine fibroids patient as per homeopathy
  3. How effective are homeopathic medicines and treatments for uterine fibroids
  4. Side effects and risks of homeopathic medicine and treatments for uterine fibroids
  5. Takeaway
Doctors for Homeopathic medicine, treatment and remedies for Uterine Fibroids

Some of the commonly used homeopathic remedies for uterine fibroids are:

  • Aurum Muriaticum Natronatum
    Common Name:
    Sodium chloroaurate
    Symptoms: This medicine has the most pronounced effect on uterine tumours than any other remedy. Patients who benefit from this remedy have some of the following symptoms:
    • Induration (hardening) of cervix, ovaries and uterus
    • Palpitation, mostly in young girls
    • High blood pressure
    • A feeling of coldness in abdomen
    • Presence of ulcers in the neck of womb and vagina
    • Discharge of white mucus from vagina (leucorrhoea) with spasmodic contraction 
    • Presence of ovarian cyst
    • Chronic inflammation of uterus (metritis)
    • Uterus falling out of place (prolapse) 
  • Calcarea Carbonica
    Common Name: Carbonate of lime
    Symptoms: This remedy is typically administered to an individual exhibiting the following symptoms:
    • Forgetfulness and confusion
    • Anxiety along with palpitation
    • Swelling of the upper lip
    • Pale face with deep-seated eyes encircled by dark rings
    • Headache, chilliness and leucorrhoea before menstruation
    • Excessive pain in uterus during menstruation
    • Prolonged and heavy menstrual bleeding 
    • Menstruation accompanied by vertigo, toothache and cold damp feet
    • Easy displacement of uterus
    • Burning and itching in genitals before as well as after menstruation
    • Increase in sexual desire

Symptoms worsen with mental or physical exertion, moist air and wet weather. Symptoms improve in dry weather.

  • Lycopodium Clavatum
    Common Name:
    Club moss
    Symptoms: This medicine remains inert until the club moss spores are crushed. Lycopodium is given to individuals who report symptoms such as:
    • Weak memory with confused thoughts
    • Swollen cheeks with pain or toothache
    • Presence of acne
    • Offensive sweating
    • Late, lengthy and profuse menstruation
    • Dry vagina
    • Pain during sexual intercourse
    • Leucorrhoea with burning in vagina
    • Greyish yellow face, with blue circles around eyes
    • Bloody discharge from genitals while passing stool

Symptoms worsen from heat.

  • Phosphorus
    Common Name:
    Phosphorus
    Symptoms: Phosphorus is usually given to tall and slender people with a narrow chest. It helps in the treatment of the following symptoms:
    • Thin and transparent skin
    • Fearfulness and indifference
    • Restlessness and being fidgety
    • Pale and sickly complexion of face
    • Swollen lower jaw
    • Metritis
    • Scanty menstruation, which is too early and lasts too long
    • Excessive sexual desire
    • Overgrowth of cells in the uterus lining (uterine polyps)
    • Excessive bleeding of wounds, even if small
    • Absence of menstrual period (amenorrhoea)

Symptoms worsen by exertion, touch, warm food or drinks. Symptoms improve in dark, with cold food, cold or open-air. 

  • Pulsatilla Pratensis
    Common Name:
    Wind flower
    Symptoms: Pulsatilla works best for highly emotional people who tend to be sad and cry readily. It is frequently used for addressing the following symptoms:

Symptoms worsen from heat, fatty foods, after eating and in a warm room. Symptoms improve in open air, with movement, cold food and drinks. 

  • Sepia Officinalis
    Common Name:
    Inky juice of cuttlefish
    Symptoms: Sepia is prescribed to irritable and indifferent people who get offended easily and often remain sad. It is used for treating the following symptoms:
    • Feeling chilly even in a warm room
    • Weakness and yellowish complexion
    • Bearing down sensation as if the pelvic organs would escape through the vulva
    • Greenish-yellow leucorrhoea with itching
    • Irregular menstruation with sharp pain
    • Prolapse of uterus and vagina
    • Morning sickness
    • Pain in the vagina during intercourse

Symptoms worsen in the evenings, with dampness, cold air and after sweating. The individual feels better with exercise, applying pressure or heat on the affected site.

  • Sulphur
    Common Name:
    Sublimated sulphur
    Symptoms: Sulphur is given to individuals who are thin and weak despite a good appetite. It is recommended to those presenting with the following symptoms:
    • Forgetfulness and difficulty in thinking
    • Irritability and depression
    • Dry, scaly and unhealthy skin
    • Pus formation even with minor injuries
    • Itchy vagina which burns with offensive perspiration
    • Scanty menstruation, which is too late and lasts for a shorter duration 
    • Thick, black and pungent periods
    • Headache before menstruation, which stops once the flow begins
    • Leucorrhoea which burns and erodes the skin 

Symptoms worsen with the warmth of the bed, bathing and by resting. Symptoms get better in dry and warm weather. 

  • Thuja Occidentalis
    Common Name:
    Arbor vitae
    Symptoms: Thuja is prescribed to emotionally sensitive individuals who show the following symptoms:
    • Dry skin with brown spots
    • Eruptions on covered parts, which become worse after scratching
    • Sensitive vagina
    • Presence of warts on vulva and perineum
    • Leucorrhoea that is profuse, thick and greenish
    • Pain in the left ovary and genital area
    • Scanty and delayed menstruation
    • Inflammation of ovaries
    • Excessive sweating before periods

Symptoms worsen from cold, damp air and at night.

Certain dietary and lifestyle factors are known to interfere with the action of homeopathic remedies. It is, therefore, necessary to be familiar with these factors so the effectiveness of these medicines is not compromised. Here are some things you should keep in mind if you are taking homeopathic remedies

Do’s: 

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Try to manage your weight. (Read more: Diet chart for weight loss)
  • Follow a healthy diet consisting of a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Don’ts: 

  • Avoid beverages such as coffee, Chinese tea and beer prepared with medicinal substances.
  • Highly spiced foods, spiced cakes and chocolates, cold foods, celery, onion, garlic, stale cheese and meat must be avoided.
  • Cut your sugar and salt intake.
  • Refrain from using strong-scented substances such as cosmetics, talc and perfumes.
  • Avoid woollen clothing, heated rooms, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and sleeping for long hours in the afternoon.
  • Avoid stress whenever possible.

The conventional treatment of uterine fibroids includes medications that slow or stop the growth of fibroids, hormone therapy, surgery and embolisation (cutting off blood supply to the area). In certain cases, complete removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) is required, which often leads to menopause. This results in very severe and long-lasting symptoms in the individual compared to natural menopause. Homeopathic medicines, on the other hand, are known to improve immunity, reduce fibroid growth, bring about hormonal balance and decrease heavy menstrual bleeding as well as pain that is normally observed in a woman with uterine fibroids.

In a case study, it was observed that a homeopathic remedy, pulsatilla, can reduce the growth of uterine fibroids. The study concluded that homeopathic remedies can be a boon to fibroids patients who want to avoid surgery. Since they are natural and without side effects, homeopathic medicines can even be used during pregnancy. Other problems associated with uterine fibroids such as infertility, miscarriage and premature labour can also be treated by homeopathy. A recent study done in India found that homeopathic medicines such as thuja, aurum muriaticum and sepia are effective in treating infertility caused due to uterine fibroids.

Homeopathic medicines are extremely diluted preparations that are safe, effective and non-addictive in nature. However, these medicines are prescribed on the basis of the unique symptoms of the patient and the severity of the condition. What works for one person may not work for another or may cause unnecessary side effects. So, it is essential to consult a qualified homeopathic physician to obtain the correct remedies.

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in or on the uterus walls. They may vary in size, location and number. Unlike conventional treatment for fibroids that focusses on symptomatic management, homeopathic medicines work in a holistic manner. They help reduce fibroid growth and enhance the overall health of the individual. Various case studies have shown the efficacy and safety of homeopathic remedies in the treatment of uterine fibroids. Some researchers say that homeopathic medicines for uterine fibroids can be used by women who do not wish to opt for surgical removal of fibroids or the uterus.

Dr. Rahul Sharma

Dr. Rahul Sharma

Homeopathy
3 Years of Experience

Dr. Reny Miglani

Dr. Reny Miglani

Homeopathy
36 Years of Experience

Dr. Nirmal Kumar

Dr. Nirmal Kumar

Homeopathy
1 Years of Experience

Dr Dinesh Gour

Dr Dinesh Gour

Homeopathy
11 Years of Experience

References

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