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Posted on Friday, May 09, 2003 - 05:20 pm:   

Dear Ingrid,
I am 36 years old.i was diagnosed with multiple fibroids a couple of months ago. It is accompanied with very heavy periods lasting about 10 days. Since about 7 years ago and until i was diagnosed with fibroids i was on and off on a drug called diane 35 for various other symptoms i had: more hair on my face, thinning hair and hair loss, puffiness in my face, grey and dull skin. The Diane also relieved chronic constipation.
I had also taken homeopathy for the above symptoms and did relieve these symptoms in the short term but not in the long term.

I am now taking ayurveda treatment for the last 4 months, primarily to reduce the bleeding, but it has reduced only slightly. would be really grateful for some advice. I think you have a great site.
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Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 06:18 pm:   

I hadn't actually heard of this drug before so had to do a little research. Basically, however, what you were experiencing was excess androgens by female standards. My understanding would be that this only occurs when women are overworking the first chakra. While this drug is not prescribed for hirsutism, the only cases of this that I have seen are among very high achievers, women who are competitive in sports or in the legal or medical professions. However, it would be imaginable that any woman with the capacity to increase output of the adrenals could have excess of male characteristics without developing hirsutism. In either case, the goal would be to harmonize the life so that stress and stressors did not cause a flooding of the bloodstream with androgens. There are basically two ways to do this. The first would be to increase your margins so that you could deal with more issues before feeling stressed. The second would be to subject your life to a creative rhythm so you weren't thrown into high gear as often.

The adrenals secrete hormones whether you give them permission to do so or not, but you can reduce the number and frequency of circumstances causing them to panic. This would be good long-term management.

As for the fibroids, I have less wonderful news. While one occasionally hears of successful holistic treatment, there are really not all that many great stories. I even know of practitioners who after years of trying one thing after another resorted to surgery to avert the two main issues that concerned them: loss of energy due to blood loss and risk of the fibroids growing to a dangerous size.

This said, there are some methods that are worth a try because they sometimes work. Both involve the use of vaginal suppositories. The one uses the herbal bolus formulated by Dr. John Christopher and the other is Hanne Kroeger method using black strap molasses in "OO" capsules.

In the Christopher method, the suppositories are used before bedtime and tea is used for douching in the morning. In the Kroeger method, two "OO" capsules are filled with black strap molasses and inserted before bedtime for ten days prior to the onset of the period. Women douche with apple cider vinegar or chamomile tea in the morning and repeat the following month if necessary. Neither practitioner ever recommended trying for more than two months.

I know women who have successfully arrested the bleeding using Yunnan Paiyao but it doesn't make the fibroids disappear. I also know women who used Tang Kwei Gin to boost their blood when they were tired from blood loss, but again, it relieves symptoms of fatigue without addressing the cause. So, while most women would want to try one or both of these measures (not concurrently) just so they know they did their best to preserve their bodies, my guess is that very few succeed. Obviously, those who do succeed are happy that they managed to avoid surgery, but it's important to be monitored so you know if you are taking an unnecessary risk. You might also want to talk this over with a practitioner who specializes in such matters because he or she might have some suggestions I don't have. It's not my area of greatest expertise, but I do know how very challenging the problem is for practitioners because we often talk about this among ourselves.

Good luck.

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