Fibroadenomas are one of the most prevalent benign breast tumors in adolescents. They account for 68% of all breast masses and 44%–94% of breast lesions advised biopsies.
It is a benign tumor and manifests as a painless lump or node in the breast that may be moved easily during examination. Pain is occasionally experienced in fibroadenoma. Such benign tumors can be one large lump or multiple small tumors. There are two different types of breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in breast:
- Simple fibroadenomas: These are the common types of fibroadenomas. The lumps in this type are smaller and don’t increase breast cancer risk. The biopsy tissue shows uniform cells.
- Complex fibroadenomas: These are common in women older than 35. The lumps are larger, and the biopsy tissue shows some difference in the cells.
Simple fibroadenomas are not risky, but complex fibroadenomas can increase the risk of breast cancer. Often, these fibroadenomas are excised surgically. Although surgery can remove breast tumors, the tendency to form tumors remains.
Breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in the breast can be effectively treated with homeopathy, and surgery can be avoided. The additional benefit of homeopathy is it reduces the tendency to grow more lumps by fixing your hormonal imbalance.
Role of homeopathy in Breast Fibroadenoma
A classical constitutional homeopathic treatment works well in most cases of breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in breast. The medicine given to the individual, based on totality, slowly reduces the size of the lump by dissolving it. Homeopathy is a natural system that not only dissolves fibroadenoma but prevents its recurrence. These medicines act by improving lymphatic drainage and blood supply to your breast. Thus helps in the drainage of toxins causing breast tumors.
Homeopathy medicines also rectify hormonal imbalances that cause fibroadenoma. Thus, it is a safe, natural, gentle mode of treatment without any side effects. The exact duration needed to treat fibroadenoma depends on the number and size of lumps and individual responses.
Top six homeopathic medicines for breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in breast
Scrophularia nodosa (Scroph-n.)
Common name: Knotted figwort
Scrophularia is a rare yet excellent homeopathic medicine with an affinity for breast tumors. This remedy is prescribed for dissolving breast tumors, lumps, nodes, or breast indurations. Scrophularia is best suited for the dissipation of breast tumors with pain in flexor muscles.
Calcarea fluorica (Calc-f.)
Common name: Fluoride of lime
Calc. fluor. is the best homeopathic medicine for stony hard fibroadenoma. This medicine produces wonderful results in hard, solitary, movable, well-defined breast tumors.
Swelling and induration of the breast better by heat and warm applications indicate Calc. fluor. After taking this medication, small hard lumps get soft, gradually dissolve, and disappear.
Graphites naturalis (Graph.)
Common name: Black lead
A good homeopathic medicine for managing fibroadenoma of the breast with abscess is Graphites. This remedy helps in treating breast tumors that arise from old scars. Often, these are the old scars that have remained after healing an old breast abscess. It is indicated in breast fibroadenoma with sore, cracked, and blistered nipples.
Pulsatilla nigricans (Puls.)
Common name: Windflower
Pulsatilla nigricans is one of the excellent homeopathic medicines used for nodes in the breast with menstrual irregularities. It is suited to women with fibroadenoma whose menses are suppressed for a long duration.
Pulsatilla works well on breast lumps in women with scanty menses. This remedy is frequently prescribed in young girls suffering from breast lumps at puberty.
Conium maculatum (Con.)
Common name: Poison hemlock
Conium is a very good homeopathic medicine for treating painful breast tumors. This homeopathic remedy has glandular affections. Conium is preferred in nodular breast pain before and during menstruation. This pain gets worse when touching the breast. The best part of Conium is it gives long-term relief in cyclical breast pains.
Phytolacca Decandra (Phyt.)
Common name: Poke root
Sensitive and painful fibroadenoma of the breast is treated with the homeopathic medicine Phytolacca. A benign breast tumor with inflammation is a keynote symptom of this remedy.
This medicine effectively treats fibroadenoma with sensitive, hard, and painful breasts. These people often complain of swollen axillary nodes. Phytolacca treats breast hardness by reducing the inflammation and pain in the breast. Other indications of this remedy include sensitive breast lumps and cracked nipples.
Causes for breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in breast
The exact cause of breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in breast is not known. However, the studies indicate that the reproductive hormone estrogen could be the culprit. This is why fluctuating hormone levels during the menstrual cycle cause soreness, tenderness, and discomfort in the breast. Also, fibroadenomas grow during pregnancy or hormone therapy (when estrogen is higher). Thus, fibroadenomas are more likely to decrease after menopause due to low estrogen.
Symptoms of breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in breast
The breast is a fat tissue; hence, differentiating fibroadenoma from normal breast tissue is difficult for non-medicos. The experienced doctor can understand the difference during the examination. Here are some common symptoms of breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in the breast.
- Breast lumps not filled with fluid
- Painless lumps that can be moved freely under the skin
- Lumps vary from pea size to the size of a golf ball
- A round or oval lump with clearly defined edges
- Tumors with a detectable shape
- Smooth, firm, or rubbery lump
- Pain or tenderness in the breast
- A lump that becomes tender just before menses
- A lump that fluctuates in size with the periods, and during pregnancy
- Slow growing lumps
Treatment for breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in breast
If the biopsy confirms it isn’t malignant, your healthcare practitioner may suggest scheduling follow-up sessions to check the lump for any changes. Common treatment for breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in breast includes:
Doctors often advise surgery to remove a breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in the breast. Surgical removal is suggested if the lump is painful or if your imaging tests or biopsy results are concerning. Also, surgery is an option for big fibroadenomas.
This is a different approach that includes freezing the fibroadenoma. This procedure uses gas to destroy fibroadenoma and freeze nearby tissue. Doctors less frequently use this approach.
Diet and lifestyle changes for breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in the breast
The main culprit behind breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in breast is thought to be fluctuating hormones. However, some diet and lifestyle changes can help you manage it along with medications.
Apply a cold pack for a few minutes if you have pain in the breast lump. It relieves your pain and discomfort.
Avoid carbonated drinks like sodas, and stimulants like coffee, black tea, chocolate, and cocoa. As these contain methylxanthines that can worsen your symptoms.
Fiber rich diet
Reduce nonvegetarian food. Instead, consume whole grain foods, vegetables and fruits rich in fiber to prevent hormonal imbalance.
Consume Vitamin E-rich foods like soybeans, almonds, sunflower seeds, dry apricots, and peanuts.
Fibroadenoma is a benign breast lump common in women in their reproductive age group. Although it is not cancerous, it can cause discomfort. If not treated, breast fibroadenoma and benign tumors in the breast can increase the risk of breast cancer.
Constitutional homeopathic remedies chosen on totality can help you get rid of tumors without surgical excision. Consult a qualified homeopathic doctor before you take any homeopathic medicine.
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