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Ayurveda For Uterine Fibroid -1

Nowadays a number of women suffer from formation of fibroids in uterus.Uterine fibroids are non-malignant tumors of the uterus, affecting about 20% of the female population over the age of 35. Fibroids can vary in size, shape, position and number, some causing symptoms of pressure and uterine enlargement, while others are small and discrete. Uterine fibroids are composed of dense muscular fibers arranged in circular layers, and encapsulated in a layer of smooth muscle. Fibroids may be located within the uterus (intrauterine), in the wall of the uterus (myometrial), or outside of the uterus (extra uterine). Intrauterine fibroids can inhibit fertility by interfering with implantation. Myometrial fibroids can place pressure on adjacent organs, and in some cases, can affect renal function by placing pressure upon the ureters. Extrauterine fibroids are located under the serous membrane of the uterus, and can be on or near the fallopian tubes and can affect fertility.

Types of Fibroid:
Fibroids are of two basic types. They can be discrete, fibrous, encapsulated and roughly spherical in shape, or can be large pendunculated fibroids. The former are usually of little concern, and although they should be monitored, do not present any problems. Preventative measures, such as the use of phytoestrogens should be encouraged however. Large pendunculated fibroids are of concern due to the likelihood of torsion. Such an event is very painful and may require immediate surgery. Such fibroids are also associated with an increased risk of malignancy.

Causes of Fibroid:
Although the specific causes of fibroids remain uncertain, it is known that they are dependent upon estrogen for their growth. Insufficient exercise, excess food intake, low thyroid function all may contribute to fibroid formations. Stress and sadness associated with issues of maternity and conception is also considered to be responsible for fibroid formations

Symptoms of Fibroid:
The most prominent symptoms of uterine fibroids are menorrhagia, sensation of abdominal pressure and pelvic congestion, urinary frequency, abdominal enlargement, lower back pain, and dysmenorrhea. The primary risk factors for fibroids include the regular consumption of coffee and obesity, with a slight risk associated with oral contraceptive use. The risk of fibroids declines with repeated pregnancies.

Treatment of Fibroid:
The primary treatment of fibroids is to check hemorrhaging, tone the uterus, and lower the relative estrogen excess. Although fibroids have a distinct etiology, they are often related to an underlying pelvic stagnation, and represent an accumulation wastes and toxins that the uterus walls off from the rest of the body in the form of tumors. The therapies outlined for PMS A may be used to inhibit estrogen and enhance elimination, and the treatment methods for menorrhagia are used to check hemorrhaging and tone the uterus. Adjunct treatments include the use of hepatics, pelvic decongestants, uterine circulatory stimulants, and anodynes used for treatment of dysmenorrhea.
Topical treatments include castor oil packs infused with Pokeroot (Phytolacca decandra) tincture, 20% v/v. The medicated oil is liberally rubbed over the entire uterine area before going to bed. Useful supplement include B complex, vitamin E , vitamin C , bioflavonoids , iron and lipotriptic factors such as inositol and phosphatidyl choline to aid in the hepatic clearance of estrogen.
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