Herbs to shrink fibroids can either work alone or in combination with various other fibroid shrinking herbs. While the use of herbs is one of the best ways of shrinking fibroids naturally, caution should be exercised. Guidance from a health care practitioner who is knowledgeable in herbs is prudent especially when using a combination of herbs to shrink the fibroid tumors.
While there are many herbs that may work to shrink the tumors, here are a few commonly used;
1. Chasteberry (vitex) (chaste tea berry)
This is one of the most well known herbs to shrink fibroids. This herb works best when the tumors are small. It is ineffective with very large tumors which is why it is important to start treating tumors early even when they are symptom free.
Chasteberry also works best on subserous and intramural fibroids.
- Subserous (subserosal) tumors are the most common type of fibroid tumor and are located on the outside of the uterus and are the tumors that increase the size of the uterus. When they grow very large, they can press upon the bladder or rectum causing frequent urination or problems urinating as well as constipation.
- Intramural tumors grow within the muscular walls of the uterus. These can cause heavy bleeding if they are large as well as press upon the bladder and rectum like subserosal tumors. It all depends upon their location.
Chasteberry helps to increase progesterone levels in order to balance estrogen levels as well as to prevent the body from being estrogen dominant and possibly leading to fibroid development. Chasteberry is also very relaxing and calming which also helps to control fibroid growth when you are not in a state of stress and anxiety.
While some research has shown that chasteberry may shrink tumors, other research has shown that chasteberry can cause uterine cells to divide and is ineffective when birth control is used.
2. Maitake Mushroom D fraction
This has also been shown to prevent the growth of cells (through cell division) including fibroid cells as well as cancer cells.
Echinacea is another of the herbs to shrink fibroids especially when used in combination with red root (caeno thus) and fraxinus (white ash). The herbs also help with the elimination of disease causing toxins from the body, decreases cell growth, increases cell metabolism, supports the functions of the liver as well as decreases the congestion in the pelvis.
There are many other herbs to shrink fibroids that can be used besides those discussed above. Be cautious especially if pregnant or breastfeeding and consult with a knowledgeable practitioner before use if you are interested in shrinking fibroids naturally.