Ayurvedic Treatment and Causes for Fibroids in Woman
Abnormal growth (fibrous tissue or smooth muscle cells) on a woman's uterus is called Fibroids. Under this condition, round-shaped tumors develop inside and outside the uterus. Fibroids are the most common tumors found in the reproductive system. The development of fibroids can be at any point in a woman's life. Fibroids increase slowly over the years. Fibroids are in different sizes like from a pie to a melon. The exact causes of fibroids are under study by Scientists.
According to Ayurveda, Fibroids are specified in the category of 'granthi'. Accumulation of 'Kapha' dosha is the main cause of the development of Fibroids, also imbalances of Vata and Pitta dosha.
Types of Fibroids
Fibroids can be of three types. They are:
- Intramural Fibroids
Intramural fibroids are growing inside the uterus walls.
- Submucosal Fibroids
Submucosal fibroids are growing into the hollow cavity of your uterus.
- Subserosal fibroids
Subserosal fibroids are growing out of the surface of your uterus.
Symptoms of Fibroids
Most of the women who suffer from fibroids don't show any symptoms. However, general symptoms of the growth of fibroids are:
- Heavy bleeding during periods.
- Painful periods.
- Pain during sex.
- Pregnancy complications.
- Enlarged lower abdomen.
- Reproductive issues sometimes.
- Lower back pain.
- Frequent urination.
Most of the fibroids don't show any symptoms. Still, some notable symptoms are constipation, frequent urination, anemia, lower back pain, reproductive issues, pregnancy complications, enlarged lower abdomen, painful periods, pain during sex, heavy bleeding during periods, etc.
Ayurveda has various effective remedies in curing fibroids naturally.
Causes of Fibroids
Fibroids can develop due to various reasons. Popular causes are:
Mostly fibroids develop in women at the age of late 40s and early 50s. Not every woman who suffers from fibroids has symptoms. Fibroids can be of different sizes.
- Unhealthy Diet
Consuming foods that are rich in refined carbohydrates and sugary foods have more chances to get affected with fibroids. Such kinds of foods spike sugar levels. Hence the body needs to produce more insulin. Excess insulin leads to weight gain and affects fibroid's growth.
- Unhealthy Lifestyle
Fibroids can occur by following an unhealthy lifestyle like alcohol consumption, consuming more oily and sugary foods, low intake of fruits and vegetables, stress, etc.
- Imbalance of Hormones
An increase in estrogen levels leads to the growth of fibroids. Similarly, if our body doesn't have enough progesterone levels, the body doesn't get the ability to control the growth of fibroids as well.
- Race & Genetics
The growth of fibroids can be due to genetic and racial reasons also. Around 40% of uterine fibroids can occur due to genetic abnormalities. If any of your family members have fibroids, you may also get chances to get affected with fibroids.
- Endocrine Disruptors
An endocrine system is a group of glands that are distributed throughout the body which synthesizes the hormones produced in the circulatory system. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals lead to hormonal imbalances and the development of fibroids in women.
- Lack of physical activity
The studies have proven that women who do regular exercises have less chance of the growth of fibroids. Lack of exercise increases BMI (Body Mass Index) which is an important factor in the development of fibroids.
During the pregnancy period, the hormones like progesterone and estrogen level increases which are another factor for the development of fibroids.
Fibroids can develop due to several reasons like pregnancy, lack of physical activity, hormonal imbalances, endocrine disruptors, genetic reasons, unhealthy lifestyle, unhealthy diet, and age.
Once we recognize the reason behind the growth of fibroids, we can follow Ayurvedic remedies to cure fibroids effectively.
Home Remedies to Cure Fibroids
Home remedies always provide fast relief from various diseases. Fibroids can also be cured by following certain home remedies.
Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. Consuming turmeric helps in shrinking fibroids.
Coriander helps in the purification of the blood and is rich in antioxidants. Coriander was also found effective in reducing cholesterol levels.
Triphala can be consumed in the form of churna and has positive effects on controlling fibroids. Triphala can rejuvenate the body. Triphala is rich in antioxidants and can induce cell death in tumor cells.
Beans are normally rich in properties that can promote hormonal balance. Reduces estrogen levels in the body can control blood sugar levels stable.
- Aloe Vera
Consuming aloe Vera juice on an empty stomach every morning can improve the female reproductive system also improves metabolism.
Guggulu helps to dissolve large fibroids. Guggulu can shrink tumors or fibroids.
Ashoka is a fine natural herb that helps in controlling fibroids. Ashoka can be available in the form of liquid or powder. Ashoka is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Varuna and Kanchara
The herb Varuna and Kanchara can directly dissolve fibroids because Varuna is rich in anti-inflammatory properties.
Various herbs can naturally control the symptoms of fibroids such as Turmeric, Coriander, Ashoka, Guggulu, Varuna, Aloe Vera, Beans, Triphala, etc.
Of course, our lifestyle has a direct relationship with fibroids. If we can adopt healthy lifestyle changes in our lives, the growth of fibroids can be controlled very effectively.
- Follow a healthy diet, especially increase the intake of Kapha pacifying foods.
- Wake up early in the morning.
- Avoid oily and junk foods.
- Practice Surya namaskara daily.
- Exercise minimum 30 minutes a day.
- Do massages on the body with herbal oils.
- Quit smoking and alcohol consumption.
- Reduce exposure to sun or heat.
The above-mentioned lifestyle changes have positive impacts on controlling the development of fibroids.
Ayurveda has natural methods to treat various diseases without any side effects. Similarly in the case of Fibroids also, Ayurveda has positive solutions. Panchakarma is a very popular Ayurvedic treatment for preventing fibroids.
The fine remedy to cure Fibroids is Panchakarma treatments. Basic Panchakarma treatments are Vamana (Emesis), Virechana (purgation), Nirooha vasti (decoction enema), Nasya (nostril treatments), and Anuvasana Vasti (Oil enema). Panchakarma treatments aim to bring back balances of Tridosha like Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Ayurvedic Treatments for Fibroids
- Vamana (Emesis)
Vamana therapy aims to remove ama (toxins) from the body through the mouth. Vamana therapy helps mainly to expel Kapha dosha from the body. Vamana therapy helps to cure various diseases that affect people.
- Virechana (purgation)
Virechana therapy helps to expel Pitta Dosha from the body through medicated purgation. The treatment aims to concentrate on the ama which is accumulated on the liver and gallbladder. Virechana treatment is recommended for specific diseases only. Virechana therapy induces bowel movements through herbal combinations.
- Nirooha vasti (decoction enema)
Nirooha vasti is practiced on an empty stomach. The process is herbal decoction (mix of honey, rock salt, etc) is administered through the anal route to detoxify the body. Nirooha vasti is also called 'Asthapana Basti'.
Nasya treatment is administering herbal medicines through the nasal route. The treatment helps to moisturize the nasal passages and improves clarity.
- Anuvasana Vasti (Oil enema)
Anuvasana Vasti is used as a curing treatment for various Vata-related diseases. The process is administering medicated oil or ghee in the form of an enema. Anuvasana Basti helps to detoxify the body.
Vamana, Virechana, Nirooha vasti, Nasya and Anuvasana Vasti are five important treatments to detoxify ama from the body and rejuvenate the body and mind.
The above-mentioned treatment methods were collected from various ancient Ayurvedic resources. Always consult an Ayurvedic practitioner before starting self-medication.
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