Last Modified on Feb 14, 2016
If you have experienced unusual pain or even found a small lump in your breast, you may have immediately been concerned – with good reason. However, many breast conditions are quite common and are fairly easy to treat without further issues. Some of the most common breast problems, like breast tenderness and nipple discharge, can be treated using natural cures, such as primrose oil, magnesium, and dietary changes.
What Are the Most Common Breast Problems?
Common breast problems are those issues that affect the tissue of your breasts but are generally considered benign. According to the American Cancer Society, these types of problems are very common and are found in most women. Some of the most common breast problems include breast tenderness, pain, nipple discharge, and swelling. Additional benign breast conditions include individual lumps, fibrocystic tissue, infection, mastalgia, and benign tumors.
The American Family Physician explains that nearly 16% of women in the age group of 40 to 69 years experience some type of breast issue. However, the majority of those are benign cases. Issues that do require immediate evaluation are those conditions including breast masses, nipple discharge, and inflammatory skin developments.
Are There Any Natural Cures for Common Breast Issues?
It is important to seek doctor care to evaluate breast issues to determine the cause and prognosis of your condition. In most cases, however, you can effectively mediate common breast problems naturally. Some of the most effective treatment options include primrose oil, magnesium, dietary changes, relaxation techniques, and apple cider vinegar.
1. Primrose Oil
Dr. Tori Hudsom a naturopathic physician, classifies evening primrose oil as one of the best natural treatments for pain and tenderness in your breasts. The oil has soothing qualities that help reduce inflammation and relieve pain when taken as a regular treatment. You can apply primrose oil externally; however, the most effective option is to take 3 grams of the oil by mouth each day.
Magnesium is an important daily nutrient; however, it can also help alleviate breast issues. As many conditions of the breast arise in conjunction with a woman’s menstrual cycle, magnesium, a nutrient that has been shown to reduce premenstrual symptoms, is also effective for relieving pain and discomfort associated with breast problems. You should take a standard dose of 310mg per day.
3. Dietary Changes
According to Mayo Clinic, making specific dietary changes is one of the best ways to mediate breast issues. Consider eliminating caffeine, following a low-fat diet, and eating more complex carbohydrates. These changes help reduce inflamed tissue in your breasts and also control pain.
4. Relaxation Techniques
Mayo Clinic also touts relaxation techniques as an effective way to relieve breast pain and improve lymphatic flow. Practices like meditation and yoga help you reduce and manage your stress levels and, in turn, your pain.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most commonly supported treatments by our Earth Clinic readers. ACV helps with decalcification throughout your body and also balances your pH to treat other issues. For the best result, drink a tonic of 2 tablespoons of ACV diluted in 8 ounces of water twice a day every day.
Keep reading to find more reader contributed remedies, or add your own remedies to our list.
Breast Problems: Home Treatment - http://www.webmd.com/women/tc/breast-problems-home-treatment
Common Breast Problems - http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0815/p343.html
Diseases and Conditions: Breast Pain - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/breast-pain/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20025541
Natural Approaches to Fibrocystic Breasts - http://drtorihudson.com/articles/natural-approaches-to-fibrocystic-breasts/
Non-Cancerous Breast Conditions - http://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/womenshealth/ non-cancerousbreastconditions/non-cancerous-breast-conditions-toc
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I found a lump in my underarm pit near my breast that had not been there just a few days prior. I immediately started taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a small amount of water (probably 10 tablespoons of water or less), three times a day. Within a week the lump had disappeared completely. The lump felt like the classic lump I was taught to feel for in my self breast exam and it was as hard as a rock. Although the lump was gone I continued the apple cider vinegar routine. Hope this helps.
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YEA (3) 100%Posted by Mary (Lawrenceville, Georgia) on 09/26/2011
[YEA] My doctor had me going for mammograms every 6 months for the last 4 years due to multiple cysts in my breasts. I read that breast cysts can be a precursor to breast cancer so I started researching ways to get rid of them. I found an enzyme (Serrapeptase) which claimed to "eat away" at cysts. So I skipped my 6 month visit and took it nightly for a year. Then went back for my mammogram. No mention of cysts in the report. I even called my doctor to have them check the report for mention of cysts and they said there was no mention of cysts at all. So I'm claiming it worked. I will continue to take it nightly.
Do your research folks, only one brand was used in the clinical trials so be wary of imitations. BTW, it will give you indigestion if you don't follow the directions and take it on an empty stomach.
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Posted by Debbers (Central, Oregon) on 06/02/2011
I have a breast cyst that during an ultrasound was shown to be complex (three small cysts linked together). Due to a small "hot spot" (signifying blood flow) showing up in the tissue surrounding the cysts, doctor said I needed a biopsy performed. I asked that I be referred to a doctor in a larger city nearyby for a second opinion, my doctor agreed, however before the appointment could be made my doctor called back and said they looked at my ultrasound/mammogram results again and don't think a biopsy is needed afterall, just a repeat ultrasound in six months. It sounds very suspicious to me that the doctor changed his mind when a second opinion was requested... At any rate, are there any natural therapies I can try to get rid of the cyst? I've had the cyst for at least a year, and have a couple of other ones that aren't considered complex. I'm not sure what to do, I fear any second opinion by a surgeon will result in some type of surgery...
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Posted by Kelly (San Luis Obispo, Ca, Usa) on 04/22/2010
First, thank you all for your work in helping all of us take better control of our health, I am very grateful for the knowledge I have gained from this site. I was hoping you could offer a little advice for trying to reduce a breast cyst.
A brief history on me is a cyst ( size of a grape) was found after self exam, then a mammogram, ultrasound and needle aspirate which showed it to be benign. That was 2 years ago. I am 42 also have benign thyroid nodules. I have been determined to rebalance my body and eliminate these issues.
I started Iodoral 5 months ago, along with Vit C powder, Selenium 200mcg, food based multi vitamin, mag citrate 200mg and Vit D 2000 - 4000IU/day. This plan has already softened my breast tissue dramatically. Aside from the cyst they don't feel lumpy / bumpy as my doctor said 2 years ago.
Last month I increased magnesium to 500mg and reduced Vit D to 2,000 and added 250 mg of coral calcium/day. Still wondering how much calcium is needed if I eat plenty of green foods and take a green drink daily.
The breast pain has reduced dramatically but the cyst feels a lot harder. Still smooth, movable and slightly increases in size before my period which is also irregular, every 5 -7 weeks.
My question is I would like to know if I should change anything I am doing. I know to be patient and that this can take many months to resolve. As of this week I am adding 1/2 tsp of baking soda and either 2 TBLS of lemon/lime or ACV 2 x per day. And will do this 5 day's per week.
I sleep well, rarely eat sugar or high GI foods, of healthy weight and have plenty of energy. Overall I feel great but do have frequent lower abdominal bloating. Which is why I cleaned up my diet. Candida my be a possible cause I discovered after taking a candida survey. Hope the baking soda and ACV helps with that too.
I just want to get things back in balance. I know many women like this and want to offer them this information too. I am also going to have thermogram done this month.
Thank you for reading all of this and for your help.
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Posted by Cindy (Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada) on 05/15/2009
I was diagnosed with breast cysts, plus also had a needle biopsy which concluded I also have atypical ductal hyperlasia on one side. The doctor had mentioned that it isn't serious at this time, but would like to operate to make sure. I definitely don't want to go through another operation, and wish to do natural remedies if possible. I used to exercise regularly, but haven't been able to for the last couple of years. At being 43 and no history of any breast cancer in our family, is there alternate routes I could take to prevent any more calcifications? And/or should I monitor and see what the future holds?
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Posted by Alexandra (GUangzhou, China) on 12/29/2008
All your comments on cysts in the breast were super helpful and insightful and provided the quick info on them and advice I was looking for. Thank you!
Posted by Gina (Lethbridge, Ab, Canada) on 12/27/2008
[YEA] My naturopath recommended Lugol's, eight drops per day, for asthma. I took it as directed and it completely cured a completely different problem. My breasts has been so painful, for nearly a year, that I had to hold them still with my hands when I got out of bed, crying from pain. Lugol's completely cured this. If I lower the dosage or skip it, the symptom returns.
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Posted by Ted(Bangkok, Thailand) on 11/12/2008 | 388 Posts
A breast cyst tends to form whenever blood sugar spikes causing the solubility of the calcium from the bones to be increased by 20 times solubility of calcium more then average. Whenever a tissue or a muscle is damaged, assuming the breast from bruises the blood circulation may get obstructed, and once the area heals, the blood leaves, but not the calcium and you get a breast cyst. To neutralize or prevent such formation, blood sugar spikes is best avoided by drinking plenty of water (with a pinch of sea salt) before during and after meals, a chromium supplements (I personally used chromium chloride - so most chromium sold in markets are o.k.). This chromium will reduce blood sugar, which in turn reduces blood calcium and excessive clotting, which in turn reduce the cysts. In which case if a cyst is formed, controlling blood sugar is the primary method. But long term cysts tend to cause pain and a calcium antagonists magnesium, the preferred form is magnesium citrate, magnesium chloride for example, 250- 500 mg a day is used which will reduce the pain. A more serious condition may require disodium EDTA supplements, but the dose I used is far lower then those used commercially in oral chelation therapies., which is only between 10-50 mg., with preferably 10-25 mg. This won't lower the calcium a lot, but sufficient to prevent excessive calcium buildup and it is not taken everyday either. It's taken only once every two or three days. However for most condition, I believe a simple baking soda and lemon is much more easier to use, as citrates also chelate calcium too, but on a limited scale withouth some undo problems of the stronger EDTA, which I view as somewhat agressive. Of course, an EDTA once a week is more ideal as it prevents heavy metal accumulation, which some metals are free radical and tend to be cancer causing, would be more suitable approach.
The lemon/lime juice is 2 tablespoon of lime juice plus baking soda 1/2 teaspoon taken twice a day should help normalized most of the blood calcium issue, while chromium supplements such as 500-1000 mcg, will reduce the calcium solubility. The effects of alkalization will prevent the leeching effects of the bones so the bones stay in place. Magnesium would in the end fortify the bone to be more resilient. Calcium alone wouldn't do it. It's like a chalk. But magnesium added would add resilence to the bone and also reduce the leeching effects thus reducing the high blood calcium that causes cyst. In my observation most of the cysts comes from high sugar consumption, metabolic acidosis (from chlorine and fluorine exposure), use of artificial sweetners (aspartame ultimately breaks down formaldehyde which destroys the body's equilibrium in maintaining stable pH), and also exposure to hydrocarbons. Those are the primary causes of cysts. However, they can also form from excessive use of antibiotics, which tends to increase heavy metals, metabolic acidosis, which ultimately forms a cysts, or in other areas such as the lungs, which tends to form calcification and that shows up in x-rays.
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Posted by Sculley (Asheville, North Carolina) on 04/07/2009
Thank you sooooo much for this website!!! Is it okay to post a question for help or just a post about a remedy? If question okay....
I started having an amber color discharge upon expression (squeezing) from two of my ducts in my right breast. I told my physician and she told me to go to a breast specialist. I didn't want to make a huge deal about it and read on the internet that it usually isn't a sign of cancer, however, it kept saying that if there's blood in the discharge, you should go to your doctor and get it checked out. Well, about a year or so later, the discharge from one of the ducts started turning a deeper color so I finally made the appointment with the specialist The doc tested it and it did, indeed, test for blood. She also found a lump next to the nipple at 9 o'clock. She said she thinks it's related to the duct with the discharge (and I think that's true b/c when I squeeze the lump spot, the discharge comes out). She did an ultra sound and there was a cyst that she said she's not concerned about but that the lump didn't show up. She said it could be four things: a pappiloma (wart), don't remember two of the other things and cancer. However, I just read this:
Most often, nipple discharge stems from a noncancerous (benign) condition. However, breast cancer is a possibility, especially if:
- You are over age 40
- You have a lump in your breast
- The discharge contains blood
- Only one breast is affected
Okay, now I am scared -- I can say "yes" to all of the above. Breast specialist told me she wanted me to do a ductogram and a mammogram. I told her I'd think about it and instead went to a homeopath. I tried a remedy for two months. Nothing changed. I followed up with the breast specialist and this time she said that nothing had changed and that her recommendation had changed to doing a biopsy and a mammogram. The problem is that the "biopsy" for this kind of thing is actually surgery -- it's taking the whole duct out to see what's causing the bleeding. I checked this on the internet and it seemed that that is what all the sites were saying too. However, I did read a site where some other women had the same symptoms and did everything the docs suggested (mammo, ducto, biopsy/surgery and cat scan or a test like that) and it ended up being nothing.
I am much more of the natural/holistic persuasion and would much rather do this holistically. I am trying acupuncture right now with a long-time acupuncturist who specializes in breast cancer and breast issues. I've been going once a week for six or seven weeks. I also had a lymph massage and went to an energy healer. Nothing's changed and if anything, I think it might now also be swollen in a line next to the "lump". I do have pain (not severe) in the breast.
Do you know what this is or should I treat like cancer? Acupuncturist said she didn't think I have cancer. Any and suggestions would be so welcome!
Thanks so much in advance for your help.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Saravox (Portland, Or) on 06/05/2013
If you want to enlarge your breasts try massaging them nightly. Do it any way you choose but try to make it a real workout for them. Do this 10-20 minutes at the end of the day and they should be tired and a bit sore by nightime. You will increase your bosom.
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Posted by Carolina (Caracas, Venezuela) on 05/19/2013
Hello! What can I do to increase the size of my breasts naturally? I have read about some herbs like pueraria mirifica, massaging the breasts, etc... Also, when I started taking the pill my breasts got fuller, so I know something was going on there... Thanks!
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Posted by Mary (Lancaste, Ohio) on 12/13/2011
I have heard a lot about herbal breast enhancement and was wondering if anyone knows anything about it or which herbs to take and if it really works. I have heard a lot on both sides some say it work and others say it don't. Anyone have any information on this topic please respond.
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Posted by Angela (Washington, Dc, Usa) on 11/06/2011
Are there truly any specific combinations of herbs to help adult women's breasts grow bigger and firmer? If so, what are they and how much and how often should they be taken? I am in my thirties and have always had an A cup. I would like to grow a little bigger through natural means, if possible.
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Posted by Anna (Europe) on 05/04/2013
Hi Timh, Thanks for the info. I actually saw an article which says that carotenoid supplements may be harmful so I am thinking of sticking to including them in my diet naturally, but I cannot seem to find the link to post.
I don't know if you buy your supplements from iherb but if you ever visit iherb.com I am wondering would you take a look at these two products for me and give me your opinion. I had never heard of red palm oil before. I am wondering if you have an opinion on these products in relation to my complaint.
You also mention that seaweeds and algaes have loads of carotenoids, would this include spirulina. I am wondering if this is a chelator as I do have mercury fillings and would be sceptical about taking it if so.
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