A Guide to Six Holistic Treatments for Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are usually not concerning but they can cause severe pain, heavy periods, and painful intercourse, as well as complicate conditions like endometriosis. The good news is that women with this condition do not have to live with pain. 

There are several effective treatments for ovarian cysts. Pills and surgery come with risks but holistic and naturopathic medicine can help reduce the painful symptoms brought on by ovarian cysts without the potential side effects. 

What Are Ovarian Cysts?

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled pockets or sacs that grow in or on the surface of an ovary, which is part of the female reproductive system. These masses are almost always noncancerous, but they can rupture or damage the uterinetube. A ruptured cyst could become a medical emergency, which is why it is important to see a doctor to check for ovarian cysts if you think you may have one. Understanding what ovarian cysts are, their causes, and risk factors can help to determine proper naturopathic treatments for ovarian cysts to benefit from effective relief.

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms and Causes

Ovarian cysts sometimes have no symptoms at all. They can become painful as they grow, however, and can cause further problems with the female reproductive system. Symptoms of ovarian cysts include:

  • Bloating or abdominal swelling
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pelvic pain before or during your menstrual cycle
  • Pain in the lower back or thighs
  • Fever
  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Severe or sharp pelvic pain
woman with stomach discomfort from ovarian cysts

Severe symptoms can indicate that you may have experienced a ruptured cyst and should seek medical attention immediately. A ruptured cyst can be life-threatening if left untreated. Knowing the symptoms and seeking healing treatment options early on can prevent more serious conditions from occurring because of untreated ovarian cysts. 

Ovarian cysts are incredibly common, and most women will develop at least once during their lifetime. Cysts are usually harmless and will go away on their own, but sometimes an ovarian cyst can cause major issues. There are many potential causes of ovarian cysts, including:

  • Hormonal problems
  • Pregnancy
  • A previous ovarian cyst
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic infections

It is important to talk with a medical professional if you are experiencing any symptoms that could indicate an ovarian cyst or if you have recently had a pregnancy, currently have endometriosis, or are experiencing any of the other potential causes of ovarian cysts. Seeking medical attention before it’s too late can help prevent any further complications.

Effective Holistic Treatments for Ovarian Cysts

There are several holistic treatments for ovarian cysts that can provide effective relief for pain and other symptoms. Holistic and naturopathic medicine provide countless benefits and can help with many different medical conditions, including leaky gut, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, chronic migraines, and more. Effective naturopathic treatments for ovarian cysts include:

1. Heat Therapy

Treatments for Ovarian Cysts

Heat therapy is an excellent method of treatment that can ease the pain brought on by ovarian cysts. Applying a hot water bottle or an electric heating pad to your lower abdomen can reduce cramping and painful sensations and can even be as effective as over-the-counter drugs. 

2. Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom salt baths can help heal achy muscles, cramps, and provide wellness and relief to the whole body, including relief from pain brought on by ovarian cysts. The hot bath water eases the pain, while the Epsom salts, which are made of magnesium sulfate, provide an additional level of healing and relief. Adding about two cups to your hot bath water can make a world of difference. 

3. Eating Almonds

Almonds contain high levels of magnesium, which can help with the discomfort brought on by menstrual cramping as well as ovarian cyst-related pain. Adding magnesium to your diet can also help to relieve chronic pain, according to research. Try eating a handful of plain almonds as a snack, adding salt, or buying chopped almonds and adding them to your salad. 

4. Drinking Chamomile Tea

Drinking chamomile tea can help you relax and ease your pain. Chamomile is an herb that has been used for healing since ancient times due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce pain and anxiety. It can also help you get a better night’s sleep. Drinking chamomile tea occasionally, or even every night, can effectively reduce your painful symptoms. 

5. Drinking Ginger Tea

Ginger is another effective herb that can help reduce ovarian pain, while also boasting antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties. One study showed that ginger can potentially stop the growth of ovarian cancer cells, which means that ginger may help to treat and prevent ovarian cancer and ovarian cysts.

6. Changing Your Diet

Many people are shocked to learn that most of their health problems stem from their diet. Diets that are high in processed foods and foods containing refined carbohydrates can cause several health concerns and may even contribute to cyst development. Changing yours to include high-fiber foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and nuts; lean proteins, like fish, tofu, and chicken; and anti-inflammatory foods and spices, like turmeric, kale, and olive oil, can help to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to prevent ovarian cysts. 

These natural remedies and treatments for ovarian cysts are effective when the cyst has not yet ruptured, but if it has, you may experience severe pain, vomiting, fever, or shock, and you must contact a doctor immediately. Holistic medicine helps care for your body from the inside out to prevent ovarian cysts from worsening and causing additional problems. 

Taking a Holistic Approach to Health Care

The holistic approach to health care works by healing the body from within. It sees the body as a whole and incorporates natural techniques and supplements into your daily routine. This benefits every aspect of your health and helps you lead a healthier and more wholesome lifestyle. 

To learn more about treating pain brought on by ovarian cysts through holistic medicine and naturopathic methods of treatment, contact Dr. Karen Threlkel today to schedule an appointment. Find out how holistic healing can help you relieve your pain with personalized treatments for ovarian cysts. 

About The Author:

Dr. Karen Threlkel, Naturopathic Physician, Washington DC

Dr. Karen Threlkel, Naturopathic Physician, Washington DC

Dr. Threlkel received her degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from The National College for Naturopathic Medicine (now called The National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from The University of Maryland. She is licensed in Naturopathic Medicine by the Government of the District of Columbia Department of Health. Dr. Threlkel is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, past president & current member of the Washington DC Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Share This Article With Someone You Know!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email

Check out more below!

Open For Remote Appointments

Call to schedule