Fibrocystic breast is the condition in which women have painful lumps in their breast. It is known by many different names like Mammary dysplasia, Benign breast disease, Diffuse cystic mastopathy, and Glandular breast changes (1). The condition is very common since any woman can develop this disease at any point of time in life, and it is often observed before periods (2). It generally occurs in younger women between 20 to 24 years of age and is rarely seen after menopause (3). The exact causes are not known, but it may be the result of hormonal imbalance. It cannot cause cancer, but it may be caused due to it (4). So, a proper diagnosis is advised.
The symptoms of the disease are swollen breast, pain or discomfort in breasts and arms, nipple discharge, tenderness, etc. If you are diagnosed with the condition, then you must take fibrocystic breast disease treatment as soon as possible, even if the lump is small. So, how to get rid of breast fibroids?
You don’t have to spend an exorbitant amount on numerous therapies and treatment when you can simply cure it with some easily available ingredients, at your home. Let’s discuss the remedies and ways to examine whether you are suffering from it or not.
Ways to Self-Examine the Breasts
Although doctors can examine it using various techniques like mammogram or ultrasound (5), you can physically examine it at home. Perform the examination within 7-10 days of the start of your menstruation, and if you want to examine your breasts after menopause, you can carry out the procedure in the first week of every month. Doing it during the shower will be more helpful and easy.
First of all, raise your one hand and place it behind your head.
Now, use the three fingers of your other hand and move it slowly over your breast to locate the lump. Examine the whole part including nipples.
Check the areas under your arms and collarbone.
Repeat it in the same manner for the other breast and arm also.
After the shower, stand in front of a mirror. Take both your hands over your head, move them slightly downwards towards your legs, and lean forward. Examine the shape and contour.
Lie down on your back and place a pillow under one of your shoulders you are examining. Repeat the steps that you did in the shower (6).
Now, after finishing the procedure, if you notice any unusual lump, swelling, skin dimpling, a knot, etc., you should contact a doctor.
Natural Remedies for Fibrocystic Breast Treatment
Flaxseeds are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin E, B, proteins, and minerals (7). These seeds are beneficial for the health of breast and reduce several diseases including breast tumor (8). Fibrocystic breast is related to estrogen hormone and flaxseeds help balance the level (9). So, consume the seeds every day for the removal of breast fibroids.
2. Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine is the vitamin that is required for a number of enzymes in our body (10).
The unusual level of estrogen and progesterone is also responsible for pain and breast tenderness. Studies show that the daily intake of vitamin B6 helps maintain these levels and therefore, is beneficial for correcting the disorder (11). For increasing the amount of this vitamin, you can either take supplements or consume foods like potato, starchy vegetable, fish, etc. (12).
3. Cold Compress
Applying ice pack over the swollen areas is one of the best ways to reduce the pain associated with the lump. It alleviates swelling, reduces tenderness, and eventually provides relief (13). For this, take some ice cubes and put them in a plastic bag or tie them in a cloth, and apply it over the affected area. You can repeat it as many times as required.
4. Heat Pad
Swelling and irritation associated with the disease can be reduced with the heat compress too. It is a wonderful method to alleviate the discomfort associated with the condition, as it increases the blood flow and supplies oxygen (14). For this, you can use a heating pad or else, take a towel and put it in warm water for some time. Squeeze out the excess water and place it over the breast with lump and areas like arms. Repeat it multiple times a day.
5. Ginger Oil
It is a well-known fact that massage provides relief in almost all kinds of pain and eases out the discomfort. Ginger oil is one of the best massage oils as studies reveal (15). For fibrocystic breast, massage the affected area with ginger oil for some time, followed by a hot compress. Do this twice a day, daily, to reduce the lump.
6. Vitamin E
Vitamins are vital for our body. Vitamin E prevents the damage caused by oxidative stress and is widely used for many other diseases (16). There are not many scientific studies that prove the efficacy of this vitamin for breast disease, but it has been taken since long back for the treatment (17,18,19).
Note: Consult a doctor before taking these supplements.
7. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is one of the best vitamins for breast health. Studies have also proved that this essential compound can treat benign breast disease when taken in supplement form (20). You can take 1 tablet of 15,000 IU daily to improve the condition.
Iodine is an important compound that is required for our body to convert food into energy and for normal thyroid functioning (21). Several studies have proved that consumption of iodine reduces the swelling, maintains the tissue structure, and eventually treats the condition (22). Out of all types of iodine, molecular iodine is the most effective one as results reveal (23).
9. Cut Down Fat Intake
To eliminate all sorts of maladies from our body, it is essential that there is a perfect amount of fat and carbohydrates. Not many studies show the effect of cutting down the fat and increasing carbs in our body for the treatment of breast pain (24), but these are mostly effective.
10. Eliminate Caffeine
Too much caffeine in our body has dire consequences on our health. Caffeine is found in many ingredients like tea, coffee, chocolates, etc., and if consumed in excess, it can cause severe problems (25). It is also harmful to the breasts as it causes enlargement and swelling of nodules. Studies have also shown the effects of reduction of caffeine on treating fibrocystic disease (26).
Herbal Remedies for Fibrocystic Breast
11. Primrose Oil
The oil has been used to treat various maladies related to women, such as menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome, etc. (27). Evening primrose oil is also a proven remedy to prevent fibrocystic breast (28). The oil does so by reducing the fatty acid profile to normal (29). The oil is also rich in gamma linolenic acid, which is another compound required for breast health (30). You can take 3 grams of the oil daily for 6 months, to treat the condition.
12. Essential Oil Blend
Essential oils are widely used these days for various ailments. You can prepare your very own blend with some of the important essential oils for curing this disease.
For the blend, you will need 3 drops of chamomile oil, 3 drops ginger oil, 2 ml calendula flower extract, and 10 drops of lavender oil. Chamomile has anticancer effects (31). Calendula flowers are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antifungal. Hence, they are helpful for treating many disorders (32). Mix all of them in 100 ml of hot water, and use a piece of cotton to apply it on the affected area. Repeat it daily for better results.
13. Borage Seed Oil
The condition can be treated with a compound called Gamma-linolenic acid. Since borage seed oil has concentrated gamma-linolenic acid, it has been proven to reduce the pain in the breast (33). Just rub the oil on your breast and massage for some time.
14. Blackcurrant Seed Oil
This is another effective oil for reducing the pain. Blackcurrant seed oil is a rich source of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for several diseases of the breast, like cancer (34). The supplements are available in the health food stores.
Note: Always consult a doctor for dosage.
15. Black Cohosh
Black cohosh has been used for decades for the treatment of various women-related diseases, from menstruation to menopause. It has been proven effective for the diseases which require estrogen replacement therapy, like fibrocystic breast (35).
Note: For dosage and drug interaction, consult a doctor.
16. Castor Oil
Castor oil is also one of the best remedies for this disease. It is widely used in the treatment of cancer and is equally effective for this condition, as well. It naturally removes tumor near the surface of breast and provides comfort (36).
Just apply some of the oil over the affected area, and gently massage for some time. You can also massage alternatively with hot and cold oil. Repeat this daily for satisfactory results.
- Alternatively, you can also add this oil to your diet.
Diet for Fibrocystic Breast
Whole-grain Food: Foods like whole-wheat bread, fruits, beans, brown rice, etc., that are rich in fiber are recommended (37). It helps control the hormonal disorder or changes. Thus, it is beneficial for women suffering from this condition.
Fish: Including fish like salmon, trout, etc. that is rich in iodine, in your diet will be of immense help.
Sea Vegetables: Kelp, nori, and other such vegetables that are rich in iodine must be included in the diet. As mentioned above, iodine is a most required component for our body.
- Wear a bra that fits properly and can be worn throughout the day (38).
- Do consult a doctor if the condition worsens.
- Do some exercises and yoga to aid the healing process.
- Do not smoke or try quitting it as soon as possible.
- Do not consume salt in a larger quantity .
- Stop using cosmetics, especially the ones having ginseng, as they might cause steroidal effects.