Breast pain is a feeling of pain or discomfort in one or both breasts. It can include swelling, lumps, or tenderness in any part of the breast or nipple. Breast pain varies in terms of intensity and can be very mild in some cases to extremely painful for others, depending on the cause. Herbal supplements can both help to treat breast pain and protect from future instances of it. There are several options to choose from traditional remedies - keep reading below to find out more about them.
Herbal Supplements for Breast Pain
There are several herbal supplements to choose from; keep reading below to find out more about them.
These help to restore hormonal balance to the body by topping up flagging levels of estrogen. The most common natural supplements used for this purpose are soy (which can also be included in its natural form as part of your diet) and black cohosh.
These have the same hormone-balancing effect as phytoestrogen supplements, but they work in a different way. Instead of merely providing more estrogen, they help the body to produce its own hormones at proper levels through the natural stimulation of the endocrine glands. Macafem is a good option for this type of supplement.
Additional Herbs for Breast Pain
There are many herbs that can help treating breast pain in particular. Here are some of them.
Chamomile has been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory and as a tonic for anxiety and stress. For general breast tenderness or sore nipples, a compress with an infusion made from 50 g of herbs and 250 mL of water can be placed directly onto the affected area to provide immediate and light relief from the pain. Dried chamomile is fairly easy to come by in most online retailers, although the tea infusion is much more common.
Calendula has long been used to treat menstrual cramps as well as swelling and inflammation. As a topical ointment for breast pain and sore nipples, it is slightly stronger than a chamomile compress and can be applied to the area of discomfort as often as needed. Also, it is much more common and easier to find in the form of a cream or ointment.
Although all of the remedies recommended in this article are natural and generally safe options to use for breast pain, if discomfort persists, it is always best to see a medical practitioner for further advice. This is particularly true if there does not seem to be any clear reason for the breast pain, such as breastfeeding, menopausal symptoms, or regular PMS pains. On top of this, lifestyle choices can also have an impact on both general health and hormone balance, so eating a varied diet and exercising regularly is recommended.
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