Uterine Fibroid
Uterine Fibroid

Fibroid is the most common problem in these days. No one is certain what causes uterine fibroid , but changing estrogen levels seem to play a role in their growth. When estrogen levels are high, as a result of pregnancy or contraceptive pills, for example, the rate of fibroid growth increases. About 20 per cent of women of childbearing age have uterine fibroids but they are not usually found in women under 30 years old. They rarely appear in young women before they begin menstruating. As a woman approaches the menopause and her estrogen levels decrease, uterine fibroids are likely to shrink or almost disappear. Apart from being a woman of reproductive age, no other risk factors for fibroids have been found.

The names given to Fibroids in Ayurveda are Arbuda or Granthi. Ayurveda suggests that Dosha imbalance in the muscles in the body can lead to the growth of Arbuda or Granthi. The three Doshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha when aggravated may weaken the body’s immune system and give way to diseases.

The fatty substances that constitute the tissues namely ‘Meda’, the fat muscles known as ‘Mamsa’, and blood get affected by the Dosha aggravation and show various symptoms depending on the nature of the Dosha disturbance.

  • Sex during the menses
  • Uncertain concerns about abortion
  • Exposure to cold especially on menses
  • Suppression of urge for urination, defecation or flatulence
  • History of lake of exercise D &C
  • Insufficient exercise
  • Excess food intake
  • Low thyroid function
  • Accumulation of Ama
  • Psychological problems

Many women never even know they have uterine fibroids. If symptoms do exist, they may include:

  • Painful periods
  • Prolonged and heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Infrequent or uncomfortable urination
  • Pressure in the lower abdomen
  • Pelvic pain
  • Backache
  • Constipation
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage

Uterine fibroids are considered mostly a kapha-accumulation disorder, but often involve pitta and vata displacements also, in which case the patient may be considered as pre-cancerous. Therefore, treatment must be deep-acting to balance the tri-dosha and must be sufficiently sustained over time to eradicated slow-moving kapha.

According to Acharya Bhavprakash, Aloe Vera (kumari) dissolves the tumors like fibroids. Ayurvedic Herbal preparations useful in Uterine Fibroid are Kanchanar guggul, Ashokarista, Chandraprabhavati, Kumari Asav, Pushyanug churna, etc. Uttarbasti is also useful treatment in uterine fibroid.

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