The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
Painful breasts/fibrocystic breast disease-
There is currently some debate over whether or not fibrocystic breast disease
is actually an entity or just a catchall term for painful breasts with
enlarged glandular tissue. Because the breasts are influenced by estrogen
and progesterone, especially in the second half of the menstrual cycle,
it is normal to see changes in the glandular tissue. Many women experience
some tenderness of the breasts, especially before the menstrual period;
some women will have enlargement of the glandular tissue at this time,
making the breasts feel lumpy. About 20% of women will develop cysts (fluid
filled masses) in their breasts (see breast
Many women will get relief from cyclical breast pain and enlarged glandular
tissue with a few simple changes. Elimination of caffeine and all methyoxanthine
containing compounds including colas and chocolate often makes a huge difference
in pain. Vitamin E and
gamma linoleic acid (evening primrose, borage, flaxseed or black current
oils) have been shown to help. Avoiding estrogen containing meat and dairy
products will also help.
Dandelion root- good
for improving liver function and thus the metabolism of hormones.
Dosage-Liquid extract- 1 teaspoon three times a day
Dry herb in capsules- 1000 mg three times a day
Castor oil packs- applied to the breasts three times a week for
several months will help relieve pain.
* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate.
It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.