Yoga For Fibroids

Yoga And Uterine Cysts

Uterine cysts are another common occurrence in women’s reproductive organs. In fact, the most common type of cyst forms in relation to the release of eggs from the ovaries. Most types of cysts are harmless and may go away on their own. Some types of cysts, such as cystadenomas and endometriomas, can become serious and painful and require removal. For more information on the basic medical facts regarding ovarian cysts refer to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

While both fibroids and cysts are common, it still seems to me that if they are growths that are not supposed to be there, something has to be going wrong for the body to produce them. Could all the chemicals in the foods that we eat or the birth control pill have something to do with it? Is it possible that the prevalence of unhealthy lifestyles is causing something that should be an considered abnormality to be common?

The practice of yoga, including physical exercises or Asanas, breathing exercises or Pranayama, meditation and stress reduction, is known to have a positive impact on overall health. Some poses are indicated as increasing circulation and healing in the lower abdomen, supporting the health of the reproductive organs. I’ve been practicing yoga for years now. Are there other things I can do to discourage these types of growth from coming back?

Some sources indicate that a healthy diet, high in fiber, and low in caffeine, alcohol, sugar and refined flour can help. Well, I follow a healthy diet within reason -fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fish, water in abundance. But I also believe in moderation in all things, so eliminating my morning cup of black tea is not an option. And I prefer not to go too many days without a cookie or a glass of red wine. So I’m not sure I can go much further down that road.

One idea that made some sense to me was the potential relationship between colon health and abnormalities in the reproductive organs. It stands to reason, given their close proximity to one another, that toxins built up over time in the intestines and colon could result in changes in cells in the neighboring reproductive organs. Considering that frequent constipation is common among women and that our foods these days are full of chemicals, hormones and genetically modified materials, this seems even more believable. So this might be an area to work on. I may need to increase the fruits and vegetables and water and reduce foods that could be causing inflammation, like wheat and dairy, in the interest of regularity. I guess that’s a fair trade.

Another concept that struck a nerve came from my chiropractor. After reviewing x-rays of my spine, he observed some compression in the disks in my low back. This compression is pinching nerves that serveaorgans in the lower abdomenayou guessed it – the reproductive organs and intestines! So I need to see if some traction, back bending or inversions can alleviate this low back compression.

So that’s where I’ll be starting, trying to get my bowels moving more frequently and improve the spacing between the disks of my spine. In the future I may continue my search to include Reiki and homeopathic medicine. I’ll keep you posted.

About the author: Wendy is a Certified Yoga Instructor with a focus on fitness, health and well being. She shares her knowledge and experiences at Thanks for reading!


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