By Guiomar Campbell R. Ac.
Most of us women experience at one time or other, symptoms of breast tenderness, swelling sometimes with multiple nodules located in both breasts.
This is very common discomfort before, during or after menstruation as well as after menopause, and is no cause for alarm but a sign that the breasts need more care and attention.
Gynecologists consider this type of breast pain to be normal and often related with cyclical hormonal changes.
Very often I treat women with breasts so swollen and painful that it becomes difficult to fit them in a bra.
These discomforts can be experienced occasionally and for some women every month before the period lasting weeks some times.
Women with fibrocystic breasts ( due to more fibrous tissue), can experience more breast tenderness.
If you notice that the breast pain is intensifying, the breasts becoming harder and more swollen and hot and thick skin with yellowish appearance, is very important to consult your doctor for a more detailed diagnosis.
A good high fiber diet, regular massages with essential oils and application of herbal compresses help to improve symptoms and often reduce them effectively.
Oil of calendula flower ( Calendula officinalis ) is a very well known medicine in the treatment of breast cancer, and is gentle enough for regular use.
Midwives and Nurses use comphrey leaf in the treatment of skin diseases in infants and in control of stretch marks in pregnant women .
In addition to maintaining healthy tissues of the breast, calendula acts in preventing and removing adhesions and scars, even keloid scars occurring after surgery.
Keloids are raised, hard scars, usually with irregular edges. They can be painful , especially when they occur as a result of breast surgery .
Keloids are caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue at the site of an injury or incision and is more common in dark-skinned women than in white skinned women.
Actually these adhesions are bands of scar tissue formed by uncontrolled production of collagen.
Adhesions are common after abdominal surgery but may also appear after breast surgery.
For maximum effectiveness, infusing the slightly dried calendula flowers in coconut oil ( organic if possible ) or even in sweet almond oil or sunflower seed oil. Let soak for a week before using .
Calendula Oil brings new life to dry and wrinkled skin and is highly recommended for self breast massage.
Castor oil ( Ricinus communis )
Castor oil , is also super effective in the treatment of breast tenderness.
This oil is commercially extracted from the seeds of the castor bean. A plant considered poisonous, it was more often recommended as a remedy by the psychic healer Edgar Cayce, known worldwide as the “father of holistic medicine” in the 1920s. At that time, the oil was already used in dissolving nodules and prevention of tumor growth. According to Dr. Cayce, poison is not present in plant oil and when it is taken internally, castor oil acts as a strong and effective laxative.
The most common application of castor oil today is through a hot compress.
How to prepare a compress of castor oil :
Place a cloth or flannel saturated in castor oil in the oven until it is fully heated .
Wrap the heating pad in a plastic and cover it with layers of towels to keep it warm
Apply to skin (breasts ) and maintain as long as possible.
In extreme cases, the pads are continually applied day and night .
If the person has small lumps ( small nodules ) within, apply the castor oil at room temperature using two adhesive tapes.
Apply morning and evening ( before bedtime)
Comfrey root ( Symphytum officinale )
Another medicinal plant widely used in folk medicine is the oil of comfrey root. This oil is a specific remedy for those people who have sore breasts. It is a wonderful oil for self breast massage .
The comfrey leaf is one of my favorite especially when used after childbirth as a bath for better healing and recovery from episiotomy.
Both the oil and comfrey ointment, strengthen the tissues and helps them to become more resilient and flexible. Several cases have been documented of deep and persistent old wounds and even ulcers that healed quickly with little scarring.
The external use of comfrey root, even for a prolonged period of time does not cause any damage to the body and is considered safe.
For maintenance and better breast health and to prevent discomforts, consume plenty of fiber, such as fruits, vegetable, legumes like lentils, black beans and whole grains.
According to studies done by the University of Medicine of Tufts in Boston, Mass. They found that women who have a diet high in fiber excrete more estrogen in the blood which helps to improve breast pain.
When you ‘re in the shower, soaping your breasts and massage them gently from the center of your chest toward your armpits. This improves blood circulation and drainage of lymph, the clear fluid that carries infection-fighting agents via your body.
This information is for educational purpose only. Any concerns please consult with your physician.
For more information about breast health clinic call Lotus Arts and Wellness 416 920-1811 or send an email to Guiomar Campbell