This question comes up frequently. From a recent comment:
Charlotte: Has anybody but ANYBODY managed to heal themselves of fibroids naturally?
Let me first leave some general information to assist you in evaluating products. The National Institutes of Health has a center that deals with alternative medicine:
Here are two pages I find particularly helpful:
- Are You Considering Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)?
- 10 Things To Know About Evaluating Medical Resources on the Web
How do I evaluate alternative treatments?
If I see this (or anything similar) associated with the product:
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
and a search on Google Scholar or PubMed produces NO studies conducted using the product, I cross it off my list.
So, you haven’t found any information on natural therapies?
I did find something on WebMD while looking for general fibroid stuff. There’s an article that discusses vitamins, herbs, stress reduction and the role of your liver in conjunction with fibroids. If you scroll to the bottom of page 3, you’ll see a section called “What to Eat” with the vitamin information. Herbs are on page 4. Cannot recommend the supplements per se but I will pass along the information.
Read through the WebMD info. Check out the supplements using sites like Medline Plus or NCCAM. Search on PubMed, PubMed Central, or Google Scholar if you want to find research papers on these supplements and their effects on fibroid growth. (Finding papers in this area would be exciting indeed.)
For those interested in herbal supplements, remember to do your research and talk to a health care professional before making any changes. I also suggest finding licensed practitioners of alternative medicine.
Here is a link to search for certified practitioners as well as the mission of NCCAOM:
The mission of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public.
Let me also mention that alternative treatments are treatments. Be careful of herb/drug interactions:
The Interactions of Herbs and Drugs
Interesting because there’s also a little history in this article.
Use of Complementary/Integrative Nutritional Therapies During Cancer Treatment: Implications in Clinical Practice
Don’t be alarmed by me sticking in this reference to cancer treatment. It has good tables that group supplements according to their various properties (coagulants, anticoagulants, laxatives, etc.) so I wanted to include it. Scroll down about halfway.
In general, I do believe in alternative medicine but I hold it up to the same standard as traditional medicine. Prove that it works (safely and effectively) and I’ll use it.
Now, let’s hear about your experiences with alternative therapies. I welcome all comments.