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Fibroid-Uterus

Women and their bodies physically and biologically are very complicated. Their bodies are subjected to changes throughout their life, and these changes are seldom minor. So naturally, while their bodies sustain these changes, a slight disturbance or slip from homeostasis is bound to happen. One such condition is ‘fibroids’. Let us dig deeper into this topic and know how Ayurveda can tackle this condition.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are unnatural growths that form in or on the uterus of women. These tumors can occasionally grow extremely large, resulting in excruciating stomach pain and irregular periods. Other times, they have no noticeable effects at all. Usually benign or noncancerous, the growths. There is no known cause of fibroids.

Why do fibroids develop?

Although the exact cause of fibroids is unknown, several factors may contribute to their development.

  • Family background:  Fibroids might run in families. You could have this ailment if your mother, sister, or grandmother has a history of having it.
  • Hormonal factors:  The hormones made by the ovaries are estrogen and progesterone. Every menstrual cycle causes the uterine lining to renew and may promote the development of fibroids.
  • Pregnancy:  Your body produces more progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy. While you are pregnant, fibroids may form and expand quickly.
  • Additional drivers of growth:  The development of fibroid tumors may be influenced by substances in your body that assist with tissue maintenance, such as insulin-like growth factors.
  • Cellular extranet (ECM):  ECM stands for extracellular matrix. Your cells stick together thanks to ECM. Because fibroids include more ECM than typical cells, they are fibrous. Additionally, the ECM harbors growth factors and influences cell transformation.

Signs and Symptoms

Extremely minor symptoms, no symptoms at all, or severe symptoms can all be brought on by fibroids. Uterine fibroid’s most typical signs and symptoms include:

  • Heavy, protracted, or excruciating periods
  • Back or lower abdominal pain
  • Traumatic sex
  • Often urinating
  • Discomfort in the lower abdomen
  • Hefty menstrual bleeding
  • Constipation

These are some of the symptoms, many more features can be seen like difficulty in urinating, etc.

Is there a vulnerability for fibroids?
  • Usually, women in their reproductive age develop fibroid.
  • Genetics plays an important role in the development of fibroids. Obesity can pose a risk factor for fibroids.
  • Our lifestyle, the kind of food we eat, and the activities we indulge in, all these factors play a quintessential role in the development of fibroids.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Fibroids

Ayurveda has a set of its own beliefs and practices. For each of the diseases that we normally deal with in daily life, Ayurveda has its correlation to it and also has a treatment protocol specific to it. Fibroids in Ayurveda can be correlated to ‘Granthi’.

What is granthi?

Granthi refers to knotty elevations. It refers to nodular or glandular swelling with a hard, knotty, and rough appearance. As we know Ayurveda believes in the prevalence of tridoshas in our body, namely vata, pitta, and kapha. The disease occurs when these doshas are vitiated. In the case of granthi, there is the involvement of all three doshas, with importance to kapha dosha.

There are 9 varieties of granthi as per Ayurveda, they are :

  1. Vataja – due to vata dosha vitiation
  2. Pittaja – due to pitta dosha vitiation
  3. Kaphaja – due to kapha dosha vitiation
  4. Medoja – accumulation of excess adipose tissue element
  5. Siraja – due to faulty circulation
  6. Maamsaja – due to the intake of meat
  7. Asthi – due to vitiation of bone tissue element
  8. Vrana – ulcers
  9. Rakta granthi – due to vitiation of blood along with pain and burning sensation
Prognosis of Granthi as per Ayurveda

The granthi located in the neck, and vital parts, thick and rough, in children, well old persons are incurable.

Ayurvedic treatment for Granthi

First and foremost, any Ayurvedic treatment is preceded by analyzing the condition of the disease, the body constitution of the patient, and the strength of the patient.

Therefore, after analyzing the above criteria, the below-mentioned methods of management can be adopted:

  • Oleation using ghee (preferably old) medicated with drugs like pippali (Piper nigrum), chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), brihati (Solanum indicum).
  • Strong therapies like vamana (emesis) and virechana (purgation).
  • Following a healthy diet after the eliminative therapies.
  • Therapeutically cleaning the region above the neck.
  • Chedana or scraping is the main treatment of granthi.

A ripened granthi must be removed along with its capsule followed by cauterization. It should be treated like a wound. Washing it with medicated oil can also be done.

Our Approach

  • Ayurveda has time and again proved its efficacy. We are competent enough to handle any condition with utmost precision and care.
  • Fibroids have to be treated at the right time and by the right set of physicians. Fibroids are a case that needs intensive care, and we are all for it.
  • Our treatment does not merely rectify the disease but also completely expels the morbid matter from the body so that it does not recur.
  • First and foremost, we assess the patient entirely. We assess the body constitution, the prevalent dosha in the body, the prevalent dosha of the disease, and the strength of the patient.
  • Analyzing the mental and physical strength of the patient is crucial as we have to decide whether the patient can tolerate extensive forms of treatment. The patient has to be mentally and physically fit to endure the treatments.
  • Ayurveda believes in the theory of elimination therapy, ie, expelling the vitiated doshas from the body completely.
  • The elimination procedures have to be conducted by experienced physicians, at the appropriate time and place.
  • We take it upon ourselves to provide a comfortable ambiance and friendly staff to deal with the patients. We boost their mental strength and increase their tolerance level.
  • Our only motto is to leave the patient with a healthy body along with a content and happy heart.
  • All our achievements and the credits we have been honored with have only pumped us to work further in a much more pleasing way, we only intend to better ourselves. Our only intention is to treat our patients, irrespective of the disease, completely and build them to an extent that can aid them in living their life in normalcy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can fibroids lessen the chances of future pregnancy
If at the initial stage, the fibroid is diagnosed and treated then it may not pose a risk. But if left untreated and neglected then it has the chance to affect a woman's fertility.
Is fibroid cancerous?
Fibroids are usually benign. Seldom do they turn cancerous. Chances of them giving rise to uterine cancer are very rare.
Can Ayurveda treat fibroid?
Ayurveda can treat fibroids. The methods of treating it vary distinctly but the result it brings out is exemplary. An ayurvedic physician assesses the condition thoroughly and then charts out the treatment plan specific to each patient, as each patient and their body constitution vary from one another.
Are fibroids life-threatening?
Fibroids are not cancerous. They usually do not pose a risk to life. But if left untreated, it can manifest other grave complications.
Are the symptoms of fibroid similar to all?
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Symptoms may vary from person to person, as each body type is different. Some may endure severe and painful symptoms while some may not show any symptoms at all.

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