Treat Fibrocystic Breast Disease Naturally

Lumps in the breast combined with breast tenderness instantly sparks fear of breast cancer in most women. These are, we are told, the number one signs of breast cancer. While you should always seek medical attention immediately if you notice any starting changes in your breasts such as lumps or lingering tenderness, these can also be signs of other, less dangerous problems like fibrocystic breast disease. There are distinct differences between fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer, and making sure you have information on breast cancer is very important.

Fibrocystic breast disease is a benign condition that 60 percent of all women will experience in their lives. It occurs most often a week or two before your period and comes complete with tenderness, non-bloody discharge, and lumps. Your nipples may even become incredibly itchy! Once you reach menopause these symptoms will probably subside. The condition is probably inherited and no one is quite sure exactly what causes it. All that is known is that the cysts are a response to the hormonal cycle that would stimulate milk glands and begin milk production. It is most common in women between 30 and 50 – probably because of the number of years the breasts would have been stimulated. This hardens the lumps.

If you feel breasts or unusual tenderness see a doctor! If you’re diagnosed with fibrocystic breast disease use these home remedies.

What are the symptoms of Fibrocystic Breast Disease?

  • Breast lumps that blend into the surrounding tissue
  • Generalized breast pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Size of lumps changes
  • Green or dark brown discharge that is not bloody and leaks without pressure or squeezing
  • Changes in both breasts
  • Increase in lumpiness during the menstrual cycle
  • Itchy nipples

How can I tell Fibrocystic Breast Disease from Breast Cancer?

If you experience the following symptoms you do not have fibrocystic breast disease and should seek medical care immediately:

  • Irregular nipple discharge
  • Bleeding from the nipples
  • Firm lumps
  • Rash, redness or dimples in the breasts
  • Change in nipple angle
  • Inversion of the nipples
  • Discoloration of the nipples or areolas
  • Change in the shape of the areola

How do I treat Fibrocystic Breast Disease?

  • Wear a good support bra that has been properly fitted.
  • Wear a sports bra when you exercise and while sleeping if you can.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Decrease the amount of fat in your diet. It helps to decrease the pain and discomfort.
  • Stop or reduce hormone therapy. Estrogen can cause fibrocysts.
  • A heating pad or warm water bottle helps to relieve the discomfort.
  • Take evening primrose oil which has linoleic acid. This may help make breast tissue less sensitive to hormone changes but stop if it hasn’t helped in two or three months.
  • Vitamin E may help reduce the symptoms if you take between 400 and 800 IU’s a day.
  • Eat foods and take iodine supplements. Iodine helps to treat fibroids by boosting the immune system and production of white blood cells which flush out the fibroids.
  • Flaxseed oil has phytoestrogens that actually act as an estrogen blocker helping to lower the number of fibroids in fibrocystic breasts. 
  • Make a castor oil pack or plaster and hold it against the breast to reduce swelling and inflammation. Add a heating pack to help the breasts absorb the oil effectively.
  • Dandelion root helps to flush extra estrogen out of the body.
  • Borage oil, like evening primrose, has linoleic acid which helps to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Massage breasts, preferably with castor oil, to help reduce the likelihood of fibroids forming.
  • Try ice compresses for immediate relief of pain. Sometimes alternating hot and cold helps.
  • Eat fish high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Increase your intake of fibrous foods. They will help to flush out excess hormones.
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