Natural Remedies for Ovarian Cysts

5 Natural Remedies for Ovarian Cysts

By Dr. Edward F. Group

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

An ovarian cyst can be defined simply as a fluid-filled sac that forms around or within an ovary. While they’re usually harmless, many cases often come with an array of physical symptoms. Ovarian cysts can be quite painful and cause unpleasant sensations, so finding ways of reducing their severity and duration can be helpful for quickly and successfully improving wellbeing. For those suffering from an ovarian cyst, the good news is that most cysts go away on their own. Nonetheless, discomfort often demands some type of approach, even when they aren’t permanent. At worst, these cysts can rupture or cause damage to the ovaries. Scar tissue might build up in cysts and form an adhesion, attaching to the ovary and causing a great deal of discomfort.

Natural Solutions

Medical approaches for ovarian cysts are generally invasive, but they aren’t your only option. Research has found several types of natural approaches that can help support ovary health, especially when facing this painful condition. These include:

Diet

Like everything else involving health, diet is a key factor behind the development of ovarian cysts. A large percentage of modern foods purchased in supermarkets today include an array of synthetic and naturally-occurring estrogens, all of which interfere with proper ovary health. Soy, which is found in large amounts of food today, is one of the most common dietary sources of estrogens. Did you know that ovarian cysts are now seen in girls who haven’t even menstruated? [1]This may be related to the common intake of soy.

Factory-raised animals are given antibiotics and hormones to increase their size and weight, yielding a heavy health cost to consumers. If you eat such adulterated meat — which is nearly all that supermarkets sell — then it’s likely contributing to your ovarian cysts. Plus, conventionally-raised meat may also be bad for the environment. You need to switch to organic and free-range meat, or better yet, reduce or eliminate your meat consumption.

Many common plastics contain xenoestrogens that can seep into food, so it is advisable for women (and even men) to avoid microwaving or storing food in plastic containers or plastic wrap. Better still, why not toss the microwave and store all food in glass. Also, avoid all products that contain aluminum, which is a xenoestrogen. The simplest way to figure out what’s OK and what isn’t is to use products that include only natural (preferably organic) ingredients.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy, a practice that calls upon various herbal tinctures and concoctions, is often used to support ovarian health. [2] Common homeopathic preparations for ovarian cysts include arsenicum, belladonna, and apis mellifica. Homeopathy is viewed as a complementary approach that is meant to work with the body’s natural biological mechanisms to support overall health, including the health of the ovaries.

Traditional Chinese Approaches

Traditional Chinese approaches to healing are triple pronged. The approach utilizes herbs, dietary modification, and acupuncture. It is entirely different from Western medicine because it tries to bring the body into a natural balance, rather than force changes on a single aspect. Because of its complexity, you should see a qualified practitioner. Many women have found that traditional health approaches can bring great benefit from the suffering caused by ovarian cysts. [3]

Enzymes

Enzymes have a range of beneficial effects that can help women with ovarian cysts. In fact, I would suggest that they’re necessary for reducing the risk for return, even if you use other approaches. Enzymes are naturally contained in food, and no treatment, no matter how effective, will prevent the return of cysts if you don’t bother to eat a healthy diet. It’s interesting to note that enzyme treatment for ovarian cysts is the same as enzyme treatment for fertility problems.

That shouldn’t be surprising, because cysts are often a contributing factor to infertility. There are several types of enzymes, and each one provides a different benefit. The enzymes most likely to help control ovarian cysts are bromelain, chymotrypsin, pancreatin, papain, rutin, and trypsin. Females may wish to seek out a product that contains a blend of all 6 enzymes for supporting ovarian health.

Iodine

An underactive thyroid is frequently the primary issue behind ovarian cysts. Iodine is an important substance necessary for thyroid health, and its lack results in underactivity. Potassium is an element that’s critical for cellular health, and many table salts include iodine as a nutritive additive. However, I do not recommend taking unnatural salt because all the important micronutrients have been stripped from the final product.

Therefore, if you have an underactive thyroid, I recommend taking nascent iodine. So, if an underactive thyroid is causing your ovarian cysts, taking iodine could be the single most important thing you do. Do be aware, though, that you should not take it unless you’ve first verified that you do indeed suffer from an underactive thyroid. Also, be sure not to take too much because you don’t want to make your thyroid hyperactive! [4]

Overall Health

Modern medical treatments aren’t for everyone when it comes to ovarian cysts, and some approaches may ultimately do more harm than good. If you want to resolve a complex problem like this, then you must look into your overall health. You need to assure that your diet can support good health and that you’re obtaining all needed nutrients. What works for one may not work for another. You are an individual, and the needs of your body are not identical to anyone else. So, if you suffer from ovarian cysts, don’t give up hope. These approaches will likely help you achieve full, natural health!

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  • Pienkowski C, Cartault A, Carfagna L, Ernoult P. Vial J, Lemasson F, Le Mandat A, Galinier P, Tauber M. Ovarian cysts in prepubertal girls. Endocrine Development. July 25, 2012. doi: 10.1159/000326627.
  • Ahmed Badawy and Abubaker Elnashar. Treatment options for polycystic ovary syndrome. Int J Womens Health. 2011; 3: 25-35. doi: 10.2147/IJWH.S11304.
  • Jake Paul Fratkin, MOD, LAc. Ovarian Cysts and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Acupuncture Today. April 2009.
  • A Dehghan, A Esfandiari, S Momeni Bigdeli. Alternative Treatment of Ovarian Cysts with Tribulus terrestris Extract: A Rat Model. Reproduction in Domestic Animals. August 24, 2011. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2011.01877.x.

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About the author:

dr edward group iii 240x300 B 12: The Miracle VitaminDr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. Heading up the research and development team, Dr. Group assumes a hands-on approach in producing new and advanced degenerative disease products and information.

Dr. Group has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the internet.

For more information, please visit Global Healing Center.

 


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  • Nice awareness raising. Women shouldn’t have to lose an ovary to surgery. Just one quibble. Cysts are generally caused by the lack of iodine in the ovarian tissue, not necessarily as a result of low thyroid function (although both conditions can co-exist simultaneously). Higher doses of iodine are necessary to resolve a cyst than nascent iodine provides. And there is no documented evidences that “too much iodine” causes hyperthyroid. For more information, Doctor David Brownstein has done extensive work on this subject.

  • Marcos da Silva

    Is someone here know about the Brazilian bark – Uxi-Amarelo or Yellow-Uxi Tea (Endopleura uchi) that is used for decades in Brazil as natural medicine for ovarian problems and infertility?? Is worth to do some research and learn about it

  • Gail G

    Not all ovarian cysts are filled with fluid. “Dermoid” cysts are filled with tissues. I experenced one on each ovary (10 years apart) and HAD to have them surgically remove. Both of them grew to the size of grapefruits and twisted causing excruciating pain. The pathology reports idendtifed hair, fingernail, eye/iris, brain, lung, and fatty tissues among others. One ER Dr. passed the pain off as menstural cramps and sent me home, despite my painful protests (I had experienced very painful cramps from the very first time I menstuated – and I knew what those felt like – this was very different). I had no sypmtoms other than the severe pain and nausea that came on quickly (I suppose my many years of menstrual cramping may have been a symptom, but I had become so used to them that it seemed normal). So, my message is… if you are diagnosed with an ovarian cyst, don’t assume that it’s only fluid and will be reabsorbed. If the pain continues after you’ve tried the suggested remedies, insist on an ultrasound and get it addressed properly. And yes, as much as I hate to say it, sometimes sugery is necessary.