Uterine Fibroids: Treatment Summary

• Achieve a healthy body weight and distribution.

• Promote hormonal regulation and elimination of excess estrogen. Avoid excess environmental (and dietary) estrogen exposure.

• Encourage an anti-inflammatory diet low in red meat and dairy products and high in fresh fish, green vegetables, and fresh fruit.

• Improve uterine tone and circulation with herbs and exercise (e.g., specific yoga postures, belly dancing).

• Treat / prevent symptoms, such as, bleeding and pain, with appropriate botanicals for acute and chronic problems.

• Treat anemia if necessary.

• Supplement with vitamins A, C, and E, and the minerals zinc and selenium.

What to expect with treatment

• Expect an immediate reduction in acute pain within 1 to 2 hours of the onset of treatment with analgesic, antispasmodic, and sedative herbs, and a reduction in bleeding within 1 to 4 hours with the use of herbal astringents and antihemorrhagic herbs.

• Expect an overall reduction in symptom occurrence within two menstrual cycles after the onset of treatment.

• Expect to begin to see reduction in fibroid size within 3 to 6 months of onset of treatment.

• Fibroids may not be eliminated entirely but can be reduced significantly enough to prevent symptoms and mitigate the need for pharmaceutical and surgical interventions.

• If after two menstrual cycles symptom relief is not beginning to be achieved, the botanical protocol and compliance with and dietary strategies, and so forth, need to be evaluated and formulae possibly modified.

Eclectic Specific Condition Review: Uterine Fibroids — a Historical Perspective

Fibroids were as common in the time of the Eclectic physicians as today. Small but palpable fibroids were treated via specific herbal medications, whereas large symptomatic tumors were often treated by surgery. The following is a review of the herbs classically used by Eclectic physicians to treat uterine fibroids.

Black Cohosh root (Actaea racemosa)

Fibroids with dragging pain in the uterus, back pain, patient feels hot and sweats easily.

Blue Cohosh root (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

For uterine pain with a feeling of fullness, weight, or pain in legs. Uterus feels sore and bruised.

Canada Fleabane herb (Erigeron canadense)

For profuse bleeding with fibroids and excessive vaginal discharge.

Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum cassia)

For profuse bleeding with fibroids.

The essential oil of cinnamon, combined with the essential oil of Canada fleabane in an alcohol base, was known as Ellingwood’s Compound.

Collinsonia root, leaf, and flower (Collinsonia canadensis)

Fibroids with venous congestion of the uterus, uterine prolapse, chronic uterine irritation; best for small growths.

Cotton root bark (Cossypium spp.)

Uterine fibroids with hemorrhage, backache, large boggy uterus.

Goldenseal root (Hydrastis canadensis)

Atonic boggy uterine tissue with a tendency to excessive discharge and bleeding. Useful in the early stages of fibroid growth.

White Ash bark (Fraxinus americana)

Fast-growing uterine fibroids with subinvolution of uterus (not very effective for large, late-stage fibroids).

Wild Geranium root (Geranium maculatum)

Profuse bleeding with fibroids and excessive vaginal discharge. Can be used with beth root (Trillium spp.).