Growing on the uterine walls or out from the uterus, uterine fibroids are usually non cancerous growths that comprise of smooth muscle fibers and connective tissues. While there are many treatment options for these growths, natural treatment of fibroids has been found to be effective and one of the ways to get rid of fibroids naturally is through the use of castor oil packs.
Uterine Fibroid Symptoms
These benign growths on the uterus can produce symptoms and there are also circumstances when symptoms are not evident and they are usually discovered during routine cervical exams.
When symptoms are produced, they usually include lower abdominal pain, pain during the monthly menstrual cycle and heavy menstrual cycles that last longer than the usual. Fibroid tumors grow very slowly and can vary in size and shape. When they become quite large, they can press upon the intestines as well as the bladder leading to constipation or the need to urinate frequently. For very advanced tumors another of the symptoms of uterine fibroids is that the stomach will appear larger.
For less severe fibroids, doctors simply monitor whether there is a change in size or properties of the tumors. If the fibroids remain unchanged, remain small and if they produce no symptoms, then nothing is usually done besides regular monitoring.
If however, the fibroids continue to increase in size and cause symptoms, medical intervention may be necessary. The two most commonly recommended surgeries are the myomectomy when only the tumor(s) is(are) removed or a hysterectomy in which case the entire uterus is removed making it impossible for any fibroids to ever grow again. No uterus means no fibroids.
With a myomectomy, there is always a chance of fibroids growing again although the woman will still remain reproductive. With a hysterectomy, pregnancy is no longer possible as no uterus will exist in the body after surgery.
Natural Treatment of Fibroids
Leaving fibroids alone may work for some women especially without the presence of any symptoms but even this position will lead to problems later especially if you wish to become pregnant. While the causes of fibroid tumors remain unknown, it is thought that the presence of the female hormone estrogen is to blame which is why fibroids usually recede when menopause rolls around when estrogen production decreases.
The female reproductive years means the estrogen production is at its height and when you get pregnant and as the baby grows, you will find that even dormant fibroids will begin to increase in size which can cause complications and even require surgery which is why it is important to seek treatment for all fibroids and natural remedies for fibroids may help.
Treating fibroids naturally is also a great alternative to surgery due to surgery being expensive and also having various unpleasant side effects.
One of the most common natural treatments of fibroids is through the use of castor oil packs.
The use of this oil to treat various ailments besides constipation or to induce labor that most people know about goes back many centuries. The science behind the health benefits of castor oil is very little requiring caution to be used if you do decide to use castor oil to treat fibroids or other ailments.
The use of this oil as a natural remedy dates back centuries and there are many glowing reports from the use of this oil to treat various conditions. Castor has various anti-viral, anti-bacterial as well as anti-fungal properties that help with the treatment of various conditions, in order to reduce pain as well as to stimulate the immune system.
Stimulating the immune system is the part that is important for fibroid tumor treatment through the characteristic of pure castor oil. 90% of the fatty acids found in castor oil are made up of ricinoleic acid which is thought to be the reason behind castor oil’s healing properties.
This oil supports the immune system when it is applied topically and not ingested as you would do with constipation or to induce labor.
The external application of this oil allowing it to be absorbed through the skin gave rise to castor oil packs that were popularized by the natural healing guru Edgar Cayce who died in the 1940s. Castor oil packs are thought to improve the thymus gland in addition to other areas of the immune system.
A few studies using castor oil packs have shown that castor oil packs applied to the abdomen cause significant increase in lymphocyte production. Lymphocytes found in the lymphatic tissue are disease fighting cells and when these cells are increased, they drive out more of the toxins that lead to sickness and disease in the body such as fibroid tumors.
This oil as a natural remedy can be applied topically any number of ways such as simply rubbing the oil on the affected area. However, these oil packs are the ones for which most people looking for natural remedies give the most positive feedback for.
A castor oil pack features a flannel cloth soaked in pure castor oil and applied to the stomach area for a period of time with a heating pad allowing the healing properties of the oil to be absorbed through the skin.