I'm sure you've heard the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Well, this saying can certainly be applied to uterine fibroids. To help prevent them, it is wise to learn what causes them. Fibroids start when there is a hormone imbalance in the body. Poor diets rich in saturated fats and low fiber, stress and obesity can help cause this imbalance. A well balanced diet along with some beneficial herbs can help prevent the fibroids.

But, what if you already are a fibroid sufferer? Herbs may just be what you need. Not only can they help to alleviate the symptoms, but they can help shrink the fibroids. Over the counter medications just treat the symptoms. They do not go to the source and cure the fibroids.

Once you get the correct combination of herbs, you can continue taking them long term to help prevent more fibroids. Over the counter medications are not meant to be taken long term and may cause other problems if taken too long.

When taking herbs, you will need to be a patient to see results. Herbs do take longer to work and require consistency. Another good thing about herbs, is that unlike medication, they do not have harsh side effects. Remember the herbs are treating the cause of the fibroids, not just the symptoms so they will take a little longer. They are changing your body into a heavy duty fibroid fighter.

If you already take a wide variety of herbs and are able to research them for yourself, then go right ahead. If however, you are not using to mixing herbs to treat specific problems then I would suggest getting an herbalist guide specifically for shrinking fibroids. You can, of course, seek out an experienced herbalist and rely on their expertise.

One of the herbs that is regularly used is Monk's Pepper also known as vitex. This is used to combat heavy bleeding caused by the fibroids. Monk's Pepper restores hormonal balance but does not have some downsides. With this herb you need to know exactly how much to take and how often. It will also make your birth control pills ineffective. More regularly used herbs for heavy bleeding are cramp bark, red raspberry, lady's mantle, cinnamon, and wild yam.

One of the herbs that actually shrinks the fibroids is something that most people use on a regular basis. Garlic is known to prevent many diseases and health issues. Not into garlic's flavor? Just go to any health food store and get the garlic capsules. They are said to be as good as the fresh herb itself. Garlic helps to prevent blood flow to the fibroids, so they suffocate.

Two more common herbs are Echinacea and yarrow. Yarrow relieves many fibroid symptoms, shrinks fibroids and relaxes your uterus. Echinacea does the same things as yarrow but also raises your immune system and rids your body of the waste matter from the dead fibroids.

In conclusion, do your research. Talk to herbalists who can suggest some herbs for you and give herbs a try.