An ovarian cyst is a benign (non-cancerous), fluid-filled sac that develops on one or both ovaries. Most women do not even notice they have an ovarian cyst until they have an ultrasound or other medical procedure. The ones that grow, twist or push on other organs can produce symptoms such as abdominal pain, bleeding and painful intercourse. It is important to note if severe abdominal pain is experienced, medical attention must be sought immediately as this could be a sign that the cyst has ruptured.
What Causes Ovarian Cysts?
They are often caused by a hormonal imbalance and have been linked to the use of fertility drugs which overstimulate the reproductive system.
What Natural Remedies Can I Use To Get Rid of Ovarian Cysts?
Diet can play a role in helping to get rid of ovarian cysts. Reducing or eliminating dairy, white flour and processed foods and adding more fruits, dark, leafy green vegetables and fiber can help the body heal naturally.
Evening primrose oil is rich in the essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid, which helps regulate the hormonal imbalances that cause ovarian cysts. Supplements such as vitamin E and omega 3 have powerful anti-inflammatory properties to aid in healing.
Black cohosh is a powerful natural hormone balancer.
Chasteberry is a common herbal remedy for ovarian cysts.
False unicorn is a traditional herb used since colonial times to help normalize the female reproductive system.
Wild yam is a natural antispasmodic effective in the treatment of ovarian cysts and uterine pain.
It is important to note these herbal remedies should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Those with a serious medical condition should consult their healthcare provider before taking herbal remedies.
Diluted essences of flowers such as honeysuckle, impatiens, red chestnuts, walnuts and wild oats are said to help treat ovarian cysts and help rebalance the female reproductive system.
Homeopathy operates on the principle of “like treats like” and helps the body to heal and restore on an energetic level. Apis mellifica treats ovarian cysts that occur on the right side and bellis perennis is an anti-inflammatory that has been reported to shrink ovarian cysts.
If you or somebody you know is suffering from cysts, there are natural options. Make an appointment with a naturopath in your area to learn more about natural remedies and how to put them to work for your individual needs.