How Integrative Medicine Can Help Treat Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroids, Mark P. Schumacher, MD, Reno, Nevada

Uterine fibroids are a common gynecological condition. By the time women reach age 50, the incidence of fibroids is 70% in Caucasian women and 80% in African American women.

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow in the lining of the uterus. They can affect women both pre- and post-menopause, and though the majority of women develop them at some point, not all women experience symptoms.

Symptoms of uterine fibroids can affect your quality of life

Symptoms of uterine fibroids can be severe, forcing you to miss work and compromising your ability to complete day-to-day tasks or enjoy life. Symptoms can include:

When fibroids are particularly large, or there are lots of them, and symptoms become severe, Mark P. Schumacher, MD, would likely recommend a hysterectomy, if your family is complete. This is the only way to totally eliminate all fibroids.

But a hysterectomy can seem like a drastic option to many women whose symptoms are mild to moderate, or who do not want to go through major surgery and the recovery times associated with it.

Integrative medicine looks at your body as a whole

Integrative medicine is about more than simply treating disease — it is about promoting wellness.

Dr. Schumacher is an integrative medicine specialist, and he can apply his expertise to all areas of the body. He can treat uterine fibroids with a range of therapies and lifestyle changes, and he works with you to assess your lifestyle and provide a complete treatment plan for managing your symptoms.

Depending on the severity of your uterine fibroids, possible treatments include:

Dr. Schumacher also regularly prescribes medications that can help to slow the growth of uterine fibroids — in some cases, shrinking them altogether.

Studies and research have shown some success with shrinking uterine fibroids through ultrasound therapy, and there are more established therapies that destroy fibroids through blocking their blood supply.

You are what you eat

Dr. Schumacher’s integrative approach to treating uterine fibroids also focuses on the relationship between diet and the growth of fibroids. A study of African American women — who have a highest risk of developing fibroids and lowest treatment success rates — shows that consuming dairy products at least once daily can have some preventive effects.

Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables, and other nutrients can help you manage your uterine fibroids. Dr. Schumacher’s integrative approach covers all aspects of nutrition and wellness.

Supplements to take and chemicals to avoid

In addition, drinking green tea or taking supplements containing green tea compounds has been shown to slow fibroid growth by increasing the rate at which fibroid cells die off.

Avoid toxins and chemicals that can encourage the growth of uterine fibroids. Dr. Schumacher can also explain how to create an optimal hormonal environment for preventing fibroid growth.

With a wealth of tools and evidence-based recommendations to address uterine fibroids, Dr. Schumacher can help you on the road to recovery without surgery. The answer to resolving symptoms associated with your uterine fibroids could be as simple as dietary changes and supplements.

To learn how Dr. Schumacher can help you improve your fibroid symptoms, arrange a consultation at his Reno, Nevada, clinic. We look forward to helping live without the discomfort of fibroids.

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