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Breast tissue is composed of fat and milk producing glands that are controlled by a monthly cycle. During the month, hormonal changes often cause the milk glands to swell and retain fluid. Small cysts may form and are especially prevalent in the lymph nodes under the armpits. Fibrocystic lumps feel like small balloons filled with fluid and seem to float when pressed. The swollen enlarged tissue is often painful.
Fibrocystic breast lumps are benign breast tissue. They are as normal in some women as menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. They are a typical characteristic of the hormonal changes we experience each month. They are generally easy to detect because they become more painful and inflamed a few days before menstruation begins, and disappearing shortly after menstruation is over.
It can be a signal that our hormones are out of balance. Excess estrogen production can cause the tissue to swell and hold water. A deficiency of essential fatty acids can also contribute.
Recommendation for treatment:
You will need to consider herbs to cleanse the blood and lymphatic.
Eliminate sugar, white flour, and refined foods.
Eliminate all caffeine- coffee, chocolate, soft drinks, black and green teas.
Eliminate red meat, which is a source of exogenous estrogen.
Decrease fats, especially animal fats. Replace with unsaturated vegetable oils which are high in unsaturated fatty acids.
Decrease dairy products which are sources of exogenous estrogen. Yogurt-plain and cultured milks are acceptable.
Increase foods that are high in vitamin C, E, and selenium. These are antioxidants and help increase the detoxification of estrogen.
Avoid soy products, or any type of hormone replacement therapy- including birth control pills.
Partially adopted from Herbal Healing for Women, by Rosemary Gladstar.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.