Sunday, February 3, 2008

herbs to avoid if you have fibroids

Yesterday at the market they were out of my usual herb tea so I decided to try a new one, which looked appealing as it contained cinnamon among other things. When I got home I decided to take a look at the ingredients on the internet to see what effects they might have on fibroids.

I found this page listing herbs that mimic estrogens and can cause fibroids to grow. It includes licorice, so there goes my tea. Also shows why fibroid drinkers should avoid coffee and beer! Worth checking out.

(I'm adding ths note later, since I wrote this post I have seen licorice mentioned several times as being a component of various herbal remedies for fibroids, plus it's a component of the herbal tea I'm getting from my acupuncturist, so maybe it's not so bad. But I am not going to go out of my way to consume extra!)


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your journey on shrinking fibroids and for giving women hope for alternatives to surgery. Here's another resource that I found helpful--Healing Fibroids: A Doctor's Guide to a Natural Cure. Authors Allan Warshowsky, MD & Elena Oumano recommend red raspberry among many other fibroid-healing herbs. This book offers a lot of other advice on supplements, exercises, mental healing and more. I've been following advice from this book, taking Fibrovan, EstroSense, BioDezyne products and New Chapter EveryWoman II supplements for women over 40 and practicing many of the natural remedies you discuss on your blog. My symptoms have decreased significantly over the past several months, but I'm still on my journey toward full shrinkage.

Fibroid Shrinker said...

Thanks so much. That book is indeed a good resource, I'm planning to review it on this blog at some point.
I'm glad to hear that your symptoms have been improving, and best wishes on your shrinkage journey!

Anonymous said...

I've just started reading your blog and its really interesting! I found that website too, and its quite confusing because it is such a contrast to other information I have found. Red clover for example I have heard strongly recommended but this website is against it, like licorice. I think that this website is only looking at in in a test tube rather than how it works in the whole body, but it is so confusing when there is so much conflicting information.

From Megan

Fibroid Shrinker said...

Hello Megan,
I agree it's very confusing. I think that it relates to the idea behind the soy debate -- do you want to be taking things with isoflavones (like soy and red clover) that will attach to estrogen receptors instead of actual estrogen, or do you want to avoid anything that is estrogen-like. I do have to say that last month I took something with red clover, Metagenics EstroFactors. It did seem helpful, but am not taking it now (my Zyto protocol switches up my supplements every 2 weeks)