Cysts are often a part of having Endometriosis and I have met women who have had large cysts the size of golf balls in their abdominal area. This is naturally distressing as these cysts can burst and cause incredible levels of pain. I have, however, also received many stories of women who have successfully managed to reduce the number of these cysts. The greatest benefit one has with cysts, in my opinion, is that these cysts are completely measurable and visible on an ultrasound. This means, you can track their progress/growth and see if these methods you are using are helping or not.
With Endometriosis, we use our pain measurement as a tool but with cysts, you can simply look at them and determine their growth. This is a great opportunity to use natural methods and avoid surgery.
Understanding why we have cysts
The first step to reducing cysts is really understanding why these guys form in the first place. Cysts are growths in the body. Estrogen is a hormone within our bodies which is designed to create and grow things in our bodies. This hormone is responsible for breast growth and is vital for creating life. However, if estrogen is left alone to do what it likes, it dominates and this is when it forms growths in the wrong places. It needs a bodyguard and this is progesterone. Progesterone basically counteracts estrogen and reduces it.
Many women with Endometriosis and large cysts are suffering from estrogen dominance. This means, we have too much estrogen. Since too much estrogen causes growths in the body, we want to reduce the estrogen level.
Understanding why we have too much estrogen
There are a few different reasons why we have too much estrogen:
Xenoestrogens are essentially environmental toxins which are able to mimic estrogens in the body. This means that they take up the receptor sites which are designed for our natural estrogens. Unfortunately, they are stronger than our estrogens. They are often 4 times stronger than our standard estrogens, which means they create an imbalance. These environmental toxins are found in foods and within plastic. They are found in all sorts of toxins which we come in contact with each and every day.
Soy foods, which are often made from genetically modified foods, are a potent form of xenoestrogen. Plastic is a potent xenoestrogen and eating and drinking out of plastic, especially heated plastic, is a potent form. It may sound insignificant but consider how often we touch, eat off or out of plastic, and the volumes slowly add up, adding to the toxic load within our bodies.
The massive source of xenoestrogen is found in synthetic hormones. This includes all those hormone treatments which you may have been prescribed by your doctor. The contraceptive pill and those variety of hormone treatments unfortunately only provide a temporary fix at reducing cysts. Once you go off them, the imbalance is often even more elevated than prior to going off them.
Xenoestrogens are also found in shampoos, toothpastes and cleaning products. Any chemical which is designed from crude oil unfortunately acts as a toxin in our bodies.
2. Heaps of storage space in the body
Estrogens in either form will store themselves in our bodies wherever there are excess fat cells. They love to rent space in our bodies and those fat cells are their favourite place!
The more fat cells you have, the higher the estrogen levels will be.
3. The excess is simply not getting flushed out by the body
With Endometriosis it is fairly common that we have struggles with our digestion. Though it might feel like this is just another thing to add to the list, it is actually part of the symptoms of Endometriosis.
We need good digestion to effectively flush out the excess estrogen in our bodies. The best way to do this is to increase the fibre content in our bodies.
Another twist on digestion is often considering if there are any overgrowths which have formed in our digestive tract. These overgrowths can be in the form of candida or other fungal overgrowths. They have often been the direct attributing factor to having Endometriosis, according to books I have read. They create an imbalance and absorb many vital nutrients our bodies need to not just aid digestion but also help flush out excess toxins.
What we can do to reduce cyst growth:
1. Flush out the excess xenoestrogens
There is a natural derivative found in fruits and vegetables called calcium D glucarate. It works by essentially flagging all the toxins in the body and flushing them out through the liver. It works with the liver to flush out excess toxins. These include all the xenoestrogens mentioned above, including the contraceptive pill.
2. Regulate the hormones in your body
Progesterone and estrogen are controlled by the pituitary gland. We can stimulate the pituitary gland with a natural plant called maca root. It is grown high in the mountains of Peru and works wonders. I only recommend this as a short-term solution to reducing the imbalance but ultimately the true source of the imbalance needs to be considered.
Our hormones and ability to flush out any excess all come back to the liver. This vital organ cleans out toxins, excess hormones and anything our bodies need to clean out. When this organ becomes stagnant, it isn’t able to do these things very effectively.
The key is to get this organ working better and ultimately it will then regulate all our hormones better.
3. Take herbs and supplements
Yarrow is an amazing plant which cleans out the blockages in our abdominal area. Serrapeptase works at getting rid of dead cells in the body. I recommend both of these as an initial treatment for cyst growths.
Cysts are created and will keep being created while the imbalances exist in our bodies. Though surgery might provide a solution or at least take away the worries associated with bursting of a cyst, it does not offer a permanent solution.