What are Ovarian Cysts?
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs which develop either ‘inside’ or ‘on the surface of’ a woman’s ovaries. These sacs can affect one or both the ovaries, and can disrupt a woman’s monthly ovulation process, thus causing menstrual irregularities. Ovarian cysts occur normally during a woman’s menstrual cycle; and they most commonly affect women during their child-bearing years.
Though ovarian cysts are typically considered benign, they can be quite problematic in some cases. If the cysts are very big, they can rupture and damage the ovaries, and may even lead to displacement of the reproductive organs.
There are some effective natural remedies which can help women in getting rid of ovarian cysts naturally. These remedies specifically involve two main approaches — clearing out or shrinking the existing ovarian cysts; and preventing the development of ovarian cysts in the future.
What Causes Ovarian Cysts?
Although there is no apparent reason linked to the development of ovarian cysts, some of the common causes for the occurrence of these cysts are:
- Irregular monthly periods
- Hormonal imbalance due to excess estrogen
- Menstruation before 11 years of age
- Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 30
- Underactive thyroid gland (Hypothyroidism)
- Treatment for infertility, particularly with gonadotropins
- Use of certain medications, like Tamoxifen for treating breast cancer.
What are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts?
Most women remain unaware of the occurrence of ovarian cysts because there are no typical signs or symptoms associated with these cysts. Nonetheless, some symptoms of ovarian cysts include:
- Sharp, intermittent pelvic pain during monthly periods
- Menstrual cycle irregularities
- Pain in pelvic area after sex or strenuous exercise
- Pain in vagina, with spotty mid-cycle bleeding
- Abdominal pain while urinating or during a bowel movement
Five easy ways to Shrink Ovarian Cysts Naturally
There are some very beneficial natural remedies which can effectively shrink ovarian cysts without surgery. The top 5 such remedies are:
1. Castor Oil Pack
One of the best ways to shrink and dissolve ovarian cysts naturally is to use a castor oil pack, by soaking a flannel cloth in castor oil and putting it on the abdomen for 30 minutes.
The use of a castor oil pack thrice a week for three months is a time-tested remedy for treating ovarian cysts because castor oil can remove excess tissues and toxins from the body, improve reproductive circulation, and stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems; thereby dissolving ovarian cysts.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is also very effective in shrinking ovarian cysts, especially those cysts which develop due to deficiency of potassium. The high potassium content in Apple cider vinegar can clear out the cysts completely.
To clear out ovarian cysts naturally, one tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and black strap molasses should be added to a glass of warm water. One or two glasses of the mentioned solution should be consumed daily.
3. Herbal Remedies
Certain herbs are also very useful in treating ovarian cysts and supporting a regular menstrual cycle. The most effective herbs for ovarian cysts are: Maca root, Milk thistle seed, Tribulus, Black cohosh root, Yarrow, and Vitex (tree berry).
These herbs, when taken in appropriate dosage as recommended by Ayurvedic experts, can relieve ovarian pain, support hormonal balance, normalize the ovulation process, improve circulation to reproductive organs, remove menstrual irregularities, and eliminate toxins from the body.
4. Beetroot Juice
Beetroot juice can effectively reduce the severity of most of the symptoms of ovarian cysts. Since beetroot is alkaline in nature, it can balance the acidity in the body. Moreover, a compound called ‘betacyanin’ in beetroot can notably enhance the ability of the liver flush out toxins from the body.
For shrinking ovarian cysts, half a cup of fresh beetroot juice should be mixed with one tablespoon each of blackstrap molasses and aloe vera gel; and should be taken once a day before breakfast till the ovarian cyst symptoms subside.
The use of ground flaxseed can also reduce ovarian cysts, because flaxseed is particularly helpful in balancing the proportion of Estrogen to progesterone is the body. Furthermore, the high fiber content in flaxseed can remove the waste products processed by the liver.
For shrinking ovarian cysts, one teaspoon of ground flaxseed should be mixed in one glass of warm water and consumed daily on empty stomach. In addition, ground flaxseed can also be added to soups, salads, smoothies, and yogurt.
Along with these easy natural remedies for shrinking ovarian cysts, it is also important to avoid certain things like processed soy products, use of plastic bottles and containers, use of skin care products which contain ‘Parabens’ and mineral oil, and laundry detergents which contain xenoestrogen chemicals.