A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Fibrocystic Breasts
I had a question the other day about fibrocystic breasts.
Fibrocystic breasts feel lumpy, thick, and tender before your menstrual period.
These symptoms are called fibrocystic breast changes.
They may also be called cyclic breast changes because they come and go with your menstrual cycle.
Fibrocystic breast changes are normal and harmless.
They aren’t cancer, and they don’t increase your chance of getting breast cancer.
The problem with fibrocystic breast changes is they can make it harder to find a lump that could be cancer.
This is especially a concern if you also have a higher than normal risk for breast cancer.
Experts think fibrocystic breast changes are linked to hormone changes during your menstrual cycle.
These symptoms go away after you start your period.
You’re more likely to have fibrocystic breasts if your mother or sisters have them too.
You may find:
>Your breasts are swollen.
>They feel tender or painful. Women often describe this as a dull or aching pain, heaviness or soreness.
>Your breasts feel lumpy and thick.
Symptoms can be on one or both sides and can occur up toward and under your armpit.
Many women first notice fibrocystic breast changes when they’re in their 30s.
At this age, your hormone levels start to vary more than before.
To deal with fibrocystic breasts it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*The following herbs are good for fibrocystic breasts: echinacea, mullein, pau d’arco, red clover, squawvine, and turmeric. (Don’t use echinacea for longer than 3 months or if you’re allergic to ragweed.)
*Use poke root or sage poultices to relieve breast inflammation and soreness. (Don’t use sage if you suffer from any type of seizure disorder, or are pregnant or nursing.)
*Eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet. Eat more organic raw foods, including seeds, nuts, and grains. Be sure nuts haven’t been subjected to heat. This diet is necessary for optimal health and maintaining a healthy body weight. Include in your diet 3 or more servings daily of organic apples, bananas, grapes, grapefruit, raw nuts, seeds, fresh vegetables, and yogurt. Whole grains and beans should also be important parts of your diet.
*Include in your diet foods high in germanium, like garlic, shiitake mushrooms, and onions. Germanium helps to improve tissue oxygenation at the cellular level.
*Don’t consume any coffee, tea (except herbal teas), cola drinks, or chocolate. These foods contain caffeine, which has been implicated in fibrocystic breasts.
*Good results have been achieved using primrose oil to reduce the size of cysts.
*In one study, a diet including one organic soy food a day was shown to reduce the development of fibrocystic disease.
*Have your thyroid function checked as there’s a link between thyroid function and fibrocystic breasts.
*Avoid under-wire, tight or poor-fitting bras.
*Consider going “bra-less” as much as possible.
*Never sleep in a bra.
*Increase your exercise, relaxation techniques, etc.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider acupuncture, energy medicine techniques, hydrotherapy, etc.
*Have a chiropractic assessment.
*Eliminate toxic exposures, both food and environment.
*Eliminate excess weight; maintain a healthy weight.
*Understand your medications and possible side-effects.
*If you follow a vegetarian lifestyle or low caloric intake, it is essential to ensure proper intake of protein, B vitamins and essential fats.
*Strong cravings for chocolate may indicate an increased need for VitalMag.
*Consider applying heat.
*Maintain balanced blood sugars.
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