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Chronic Cystic Mastitis
Chronic cystic mastitis, also known as fibrocystic disease of the breast, is the most common disorder of the female breast. It is thought to result from an exaggerated hormonal effect on the breast, resulting in pain and an overgrowth of fibrous, epithelial, and/or cystic tissue.
Although the condition is benign, at least some forms of the disease are believed to be associated with an increase in the risk of breast cancer.
Persistent stimulation of breast tissue by the ovarian hormone, estrogen, is believed to be causing fibrocystic disease.
Signs & Symptoms
Painful and tender, often multiple and bilateral, cystic masses in the breast. Rapid fluctuation in the size and tenderness of the masses is common, and usually correlates with the latter part of the menstrual cycle. Most common in women 30-50 years of age.
Structure & Function:
Women's Health &
* Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.
Vitamin A has been found to reduce symptoms of fibrocystic disease in a preliminary study. The dose used, 150,000 I.U./per day for 3 months, is potentially toxic and should not be taken without the supervision of a physician.
Vitamin E has decreased the symptoms of fibrocytic disease in single blinded and uncontrolled trials. Several studies have also shown objective improvement or normalization of hormone levels. Only one of several double-blind studies have shown positive results to date. Doses were typically 400-600 I.U./day. It remains unclear whether vitamin E has a therapeutic effect in the treatment of fibrocystic disease.
Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.
Avoidance of caffeine-containing foods (coffee, tea - black, green tea, chocolate and some soft drinks - including most cola drinks, has lead to a decrease in the symptoms of fibrocystic disease, which has varied from dramatic to very mild, in therapeutic effect. It should be noted the poorest results came from a group of women who clearly did not totally abstain from caffeine consumption.
Case control studies on women with fibrocystic disease have shown both that women do and do not drink more coffee than healthy women. It is quite possible, however, women who get fibrocystic disease are simply more sensitive to the effects of coffee than others and do not necessarily have to consume more coffee than women without the disease. Once properly diagnosed, a four to six month trial of total avoidance of caffeine and caffeine-like substances may be helpful.
A Low Fat Diet (Pritikin) or Low Fat Diet (Non Pritikin) has been found to decrease both the pain and hormone levels (estrone, estradiol and prolactin) associated with the disease in a group of fibrocystic patients. Although this is a single, preliminary study, a low fat diet (in this case, 24% of of calories) does not present a health hazard and may be worth a trial. The study lasted 3 months and reduced pain in all 10 participants.
1. Murex - 30C
Advanced, by symptom:
1. Hot, hard, painful - Bryonia alba tinct..
2. Hot, hard and throbbing, red streaks radiating from nipple - Belladonna tinct..
3. Lumps in breast, purple in color - Phytolacca decandra.
4. Cracked nipples - Castor equi.
Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.
X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency
Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.
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Milk Thistle Herb
Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.
Aromatherapy - Essential Oils
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