Are there any effective alternative treatments for fibroids?
Response: None that have been documented in the medical literature. There are many unproven treatments popular for fibroids, including individualized traditional Chinese herbal mixtures, chiropractic, natural progesterone cream (see Alternative Therapies in Women’s Health, April 1999, pp. 33-36), and castor oil packs (warm castor oil on flannel applied to plastic-wrap protected abdomen).
In my clinical experience, women with symptomatic fibroids sometimes obtained temporary relief of symptoms with individualized Chinese herbal mixtures or chiropractic. Relief was often only temporary and was not accompanied by a reduction in the size of the fibroids. I have had several patients with symptomatic fibroids who tried every conceivable alternative treatment unsuccessfully for years. Surgery proved very successful as an "alternative" to alternative therapy.
Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD
The editor would like to thank the following people for their valuable input in preparing articles that appeared in the first six issues of Alternative Therapies in Women’s Health: Adrianne Bendich, PhD, John Herr, PhD, Gary Klinefelter, PhD, Ace Lipson, MD, James A. Olson, PhD, and Donald Waller, PhD.
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