Fibrocystic breast disease is a non cancerous condition when the breast tissues swell and cause pain and tremendous discomfort in women. While the non cancerous state of this lump is a huge relief, there is nothing much you can do about it once it surfaces. All you can do is control the symptoms to a certain level so that life becomes easier.
There are many natural medicines that can be tried in order to keep the symptoms under check.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is known to reduce the pain associated with fibrocystic breasts. To alleviate the pain, herbalists recommend around 3 grams of evening primrose oil taken daily as supplements. Taking evening primrose oil has other benefits too if you are trying to conceive. It increases cervical mucous which is very important for the survival of sperms and for fertilisation to take place.
Another natural remedy that has proven to be very effective in controlling the symptoms of fibrocystic breasts and reducing the pain is the intake of vitamin E. Women who take vitamin E supplements in quantities between 400- 600 IU has experienced tremendous improvement in their condition and have reported a significant change in the pain as well. Consult your doctor for adequate quantities that can be consumed.
Diet too can make a whole lot of difference to fibrocystic breast disease and hence worth a try. A diet that is rich in saturated fats, salt and sugar, caffeine, meat, dairy products etc. can trigger off and aggravate fibrocystic breast disease. Therefore, keep the levels of these foods minimal in your diet and increase the intake of vegetables, soy products, fish and other alkaline foods. Higher amounts of fat content in the body will lead to higher levels of estrogen which can make the condition worse.
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Breast tenderness, especially at nights and during menstruation can make fibrocystic breast disease worst with greater pain and swelling. Breast tenderness can be controlled with the use of chasteberry or vitex. Chasteberry is used extensively as a natural medicine for treating problems in women, especially during menopause. Take half a teaspoon of chasteberry and drink it along with a glass of water. This has to be done every day in the morning to keep the symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease away.
Another very effective natural treatment that can be done to relieve the discomfort due to tender breast is the use of castor oil as a hot compress on the breasts. For doing a hot compress, take a soft cotton cloth and soak it in cold pressed castor oil. Apply the cloth on the lump on the breast.
You can now place a plastic wrap over the cloth. Use a heating pad on top of the plastic wrap so that the oil gets heated and absorbed into the skin. Continue this treatment every day for at least half an hour to relieve the swelling and pain. Castor oil compress can be done as often as you need to relive the pain associated with fibrocystic breast disease.