Last Modified on Feb 08, 2016
Fibrocystic breast disease is relatively common and can be considered breast changes rather than a disease. The condition affects the breasts of women, giving the tissue a ropey or lumpy texture. Earth Clinic readers have reported that the most popular and effective home remedies for painful breasts involve lifestyle changes, such as eliminating caffeine, and home remedies including supplementing with iodine or vitamin E.
What Natural Cures Can I Use for Fibrocystic Breast Pain?
If you have fibrocystic breast tissue, you will probably experience moderate to severe breast pain as well as unusual breast tissue and even structure. Common treatments can alleviate discomfort and help manage any additional symptoms. If you are suffering from fibrocystic breast disease, consider home remedies such as using iodine, taking a vitamin E supplement, applying evening primrose oil, and eliminating caffeine from your diet.
1. Iodine - Earth Clinic's #1 Most Popular Remedy
Thyroid function is closely linked to fibrocystic breast tissue. Iodine is the essential element that allows your thyroid gland to secrete thyroxin to function naturally. Supplementing with iodine is an effective way to reduce pain, limit cyst development, and eliminate the side effects of thyroid dysfunction on breast tissue. Try taking iodine pills or Lugol’s iodine drops as directed to treat fibrocystic breast tissue.
2. Vitamin E
Vitamin E has been used for managing fibrocystic breast disease for more than 35 years. Vitamin E reduces pain, relieves tenderness, and limits the development of nodules.
How to Take Vitamin E
- For the best results, take 400 to 800 IU of vitamin E daily.
3. Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is another one of the common remedies for fibrocystic tissue. It is a known treatment for “cyclic mastalgia” and other breast-related issues. Evening primrose oil contains a specific combination of fatty acids that that improves breast composition. This remedy also relieves pain and tenderness.
How to Take Evening Primrose Oil
- Begin by taking three grams of evening primrose oil per day.
4. Caffeine Elimination
Removing caffeine from your diet is actually the most well-known alternative remedy for fibrocystic breast tissue. Caffeine influences breast tissue, causing enlargement and swelling of individual nodules. Reducing your intake of the drug limits the appearance of fibrocystic tissue in your breasts.
5. Fat Reduction
Reducing fat in your diet is another way to treat fibrocystic breast disease. To best control the condition, you need to find a successful balance of fat to complex carbohydrate consumption. Try to achieve 15 percent fat calories and increase your total complex carbohydrate consumption. This balance reduces breast swelling and nodularity.
When Should I Seek Medical Attention?
Fibrocystic breast tissue does not increase your risk of breast cancer. However, you should maintain a regular schedule of breast exams and mammograms to keep track of tissue development and determine the cause of breast changes.
Continue reading below for specific remedies and feedback from our wonderful readers reporting the most effective treatment for tender breasts. If you try one of these remedies, please let us know!
Remedies for Fibrocystic Breast Disease
The Popularity of Fibrocystic Breast Disease Remedies - Full List
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Louise (London, UK) on 06/07/2009
[YEA] I would like to make some comments on the subject of Fibrocystic Breast Disease which I feel could really help others with this condition. Firstly, I have noticed some positive improvements with iodine, though I haven't been using it for long enough as it's only been a few days. I'm taking Lugol's iodine - 6 drops per day. However, I would also like to suggest some general lifestyle changes which also greatly help this condition. I made these lifestyle changes prior to using the iodine, as I've had the condition for approx 2 years. The first year I had the condition, I had pain 24/7, and high doses of Evening Primrose Oil weren't really helping. Then I made some lifestyle changes which made a huge difference.
I had read that Fibrocystic Breast Disease is caused by estrogen dominance in the body, and that in recent years this condition has worsened and now many more women than ever before are suffering from it. This has been attributed to the amount of 'xeno estrogens' which we are exposed to nowadays. Xenoestrogens are chemicals which mimic or behave like estrogen. Structurally, xenoestrogens are very different to estrogen but they are synthetic chemicals which may act as an estrogen. A build up of these chemicals in the body can cause hormonal changes to take place, and can cause breast cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, cervical dysplasia, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, adenomyosis, premature sexual development and uterine fibromas. Critics have proclaimed that these chemicals are for the most part 'weak'. However, they exist in the body in concentrations 100s to 1000s of times of the natural body hormones; also one researcher demonstrated that two 'weak' estrogens may act synergistically to give a strong estrogen response. Here is a list of things which contain chemicals which may mimic estrogen:
1. Pesticides & herbicides
2.Laudry detergent - laundry detergent persists in the clothes even after the first washing, gets on the skin and is then broken down by bacteria. It is then absorbed by the skin. If any estrogen is taken orally, it is 80 - 90% first pass metabolized by the liver before entering the body. In other words, the body only gets 10% of the estrogen when taken orally. By contrast ANYTHING ABSORBED BY THE SKIN GOES DIRECTLY INTO THE BODY. Looked at another way, ANYTHING ON THE SKIN HAS AN EFFECTIVE CONCENTRATION THAT IS 10 TIMES THAT OF AN ORAL DOSE.
3. Synthetic preservatives used in skin lotions, make up and body lotions such as the parabens that include methyl paraben, propyl paraben and butyl paraben. Also please note that many common sunscreen chemicals are strong estrogens.
4. Caffeine - According to a report in the October issue of Fertlity & Sterility, women who consumed at least 500 milligrams of caffeine daily, the equivalent of 4 or 5 cups of coffee, had nearly 70% more estrogen during the early follicular phase than women consuming no more than 100 mg daily, or less than 1 cup of coffee. I followed the above advice, and noticed a dramatic improvement in my condition, and would strongly advise any other women with this condition to do the same.
I was able to find alternative natural products for everything which I changed such as laundry detergent, I switched to 'soap nuts' which I now use with essential oils in my washing machine. These are available on the internet, as are shampoos which do not contain synthetic preservatives and soaps and skin lotions and cosmetics. I use natural zinc-based sunscreens instead of ones which contain the nasty chemicals. These natural ones do the job just as effectively as the others, and are readily available on the internet. I hope this is useful to other women out there!!.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Kimberly From Florida (Pensacola, Fl) on 07/17/2013
[YEA] I have fibroctstic breasts from, I believe, birth control pills. I have cut out caffeine and that helped a lot. I also wear a non-binding and well fitted bra. However, occasionally I have painful swelling. I started using castor oil packs. I keep the pack on for an hour a day. By day two, no more sore breasts!
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Celina (London, UK) on 03/11/2012
[YEA] I've had breastpain for a long time, and this last year it's been really severe, and not just before my period, seemingly at other random times. I read that flaxseed was supposed to be good for this, so I started taking it as recommended; one tablespoon of ground flaxseed in the morning and one at night. (It's also a remedy which is not at all offensive to take. It tastes good to me).
And, unless it's a fluke, I seem to be cured! Sometimes I forget to take it and I get the start of some pain, but when I start taking it regularly again it disappears once more. Amazing!
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Mary (British Columbia, Canada) on 01/05/2015
[YEA] I have had terrible breast cysts. One time I had 16 cysts asperated at once. Recently I had a cup of fluid asperated from one cyst alone. I've had 2 cysts become infected and had to go on antibiotics. I've had surgery twice. I feel like a freak, but I've since discovered how to get rid of them and I wish I had known this years ago.
This is how
- Get a hot water bottle and fill it with hot water.
- Now get a bag of frozen peas.
Put the hot water bottle against the cyst ( my bottle has a soft knitted cover on it) for about 4 or 5 minutes. Now take it off and put the bag of frozen peas against the cyst for about 4 or 5 minutes. Alternate 4 or 5 times ending with the hot water bottle. You will notice a difference the first time you try this. Do it the next day and you probably won't have to do it again after that. It tales the pain away quickly. It's really a miracle.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Catelyn (New York, NY) on 02/25/2010
[YEA] I have painful fibrocystic breasts, especially as my period approaches. I have tried vitamin e, evening primrose oil, but they haven't helped with the soreness and pain. Last week I saw someone's post on this site using an inversion board for breast health and lymphatic drainage. Getting an inversion board is out of the question because I live in a tiny apartment. What I did instead was lay with my back on the bed and stretch off the side of the bed with my hands above my head dangling towards to the floor. I tried to get the steepest stretch possible. It's not very comfortable position but my back felt sooo good after. I stayed in this position for 5 minutes on Monday and 10 minutes Tuesday and Wednesday. I can't believe it but today (Thursday) I woke up with no pain in my breasts! Wow wow wow!!
I hope other women will try this and send their feedback.
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YEA (13) 93% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 7%Posted by Brianna (Devon, England) on 06/03/2015
[YEA] Ah, Fibrocystic Breast Disease: I know I shouldn't say this, but when I hear of a woman complaining about this, part of me gets really excited because I LOVE the satisfaction of being able to present her this cure that works 100% of the time (very few things are 100%, but this is).
If you're suffering from Fibrocystic Breast Disease, it could indicate that you're at high risk of breast cancer. Don't worry! This is an easily rectifiable problem. It's most likely that your body isn't producing the sufficient estriol levels (a component of estrogen) to maintain breast tissue (which is what's causing your painful boobies! ) and low estriol levels are linked to breast cancer.
The trick is boosting your estriol levels.
Iodine is an amazing way of doing this and I can see that many people here are advocating it. But something that these people are unaware of is that they're taking it the wrong way.
Iodine is essential for the function of our thyroid gland, however, this isn't going to help your estriol levels, which is key in rectifying painful cystic breasts. What you need is for the iodine to go to the ovaries to stimulate estriol production. If you're swallowing iodine, virtually all of it is going to go to your greedy thyroid before it reaches your ovaries.
Saturate a cotton swab in iodine (not iodide) and swab your vagina.
I kid you not, within minutes, you'll notice a dramatic difference.
Repeat twice per week until the disease goes away (usually in about 6-12 weeks).
If you're a chronic-sufferer of FBD (Fibrocystic Breast Disease), maintain with an oral supplement of 10-12mg of combined iodine/iodide (since the thyroid is more dependent on IODIDE and also plays a part in FBD).
It works every time. I hope this helps! :)
(This will not work if you've had your ovaries removed, sorry.)
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Posted by Geetha (South Africa) on 12/17/2014
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] It's been a month and a half that I have been taking Lugols Iodine for Fibrocystic Cysts. I take 4 drops in orange juice every morning prior to having any meals. For the first month, the pain was still there, however, was not as bad. Then went to the pharmacy and purchased OptiMSM (Biogen) which is a herbal anti inflammatory. Have been taking this for a few days and found that this eases the pain a lot. I was able to sleep well at night. Currently, I have no pain. Breasts are soft and no heaviness. Have stopped with the OptiMSM but will still continue taking Lugols Iodine.
Posted by Sarra (Australia) on 07/30/2014
Hi, I read that women were taking the Lugols iodine for Cystic in breast.. I was diagnosed with Severe Fibro Cystic Breast Disease and have numerous lumps in both breast.. Every 6 - 12 months I go for Ultrasounds and MRI to see if anything has changed.. I have been told by doctors there is no cure but should try evening primrose oil tablets.. I currently take Vitamin B & Vitamin A and evening primrose oil and also just recently purchased some Lugol Iodine could you let me know how much I should be taking a day and if this will help.... And will my body go thru changes while taking it..
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Posted by Jacqueline (Lamar, Co) on 07/22/2012
i am 26 and every morning I wake up I feel like my breast are going to break off my chest and I just have to hold them for a while.. I am in constant pain 24/7 is there anything that helps reduce the size of the lumps and where can I buy the iodine? I need help.. I cant take this pain anymore... Also I have a bruise on my right breast that wont go away... Is this a sign of cancer?
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Posted by Kathy (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Usa) on 11/20/2011
[YEA] I am a 53 yr. old woman in the middle of menopause I developed large cysts the size of a silver dollar in my breast. It scared me because I have never had them before. My Dr. Wanted me to have mammogram, ultrasound and gave me the name of a breast specialist to take a biopsy. He thought they may be fibrocysts. I decided to first try the natural healing route. In July I started taking Lugols iodine/iodide slowly increasing my doseage till I was taking the recommended 50 mg at the beginning of Sept. By the middle of November my cysts were gone. I had been taking the recommended dose of 50 mgs for 2 1/2 months. I went on line to learn about the characteristics of fibrocystic breasts and I had many of the symtoms which are different than breast cancer. This was scary for me because my Mother had breast cancer at 45 and died at 50, for some reason I just thought I had to try the iodine before I let them do an inovasive biopsy. I am so thankful I did. I have also learned that vitamin D3 is very good for healthy breast tissue and have been taking a recommended dose of 8, 000 IU for the last 2 months. I hope this helps others who are suffering from fibrocystic breast. Do the research yourself before undergoing treatment. You will be amazed what you learn about iodine.
Posted by Lola (Oslo, Norway) on 05/24/2011
[YEA] in just one month fibrocystic breast problems are gone. No pain and swelling at all. Was using relatively low doses, about 225 mcg-1 mg pr day first mont, after that about 1-2 mg pr week for sec month. This is third month I uses only occatinaly iod, and problems have not returned. In this period I have not had ovary pain, somthing I have had a few times earlier. have used potassium-iodide.
Posted by Msannanola (New Orleans, La, Usa) on 05/23/2010
[YEA] I saw your tips on iodine for fibrocystic breast disease about six months ago. I got kelp tablets from a major grocery retailer that specializes in healthy foods. The tablets contain 225 mcg of iodine per tablet. I took one tablet per day for three days before seeing some improvement. I was shocked that it worked and worked so fast. I have been in pain for so many years like many of your readers. I have continued this regimen of one tablet per day for the last six months. Occasionally I skip a day as I have read too much can harm. I have not been totally cured, but I have noticed an acceleration of benefits recently from beginning to do the water cure, (1/2 your weight in ounces of water per day along with unadulterated sea salt). Unbeknownst to me kelp has many of the beneficial minerals for optimum hydration. This week I had a major healing crisis, or at least I think so as I feel the toxins are flowing freely now and it is exhausting!
If at all possible, I would appreciate any listing you may have that are indications you have taken too much iodine. I have looked for such a list and have been unsuccessful. I am hoping the healing crisis is just that and not excess iodine.
I also want to share with readers that I had a particularly painful spot under my arm. My massage therapist specializes in lymph drainage massage and was able to get that spot moving. I no longer have pain in that area. She suggested massaging around the outside of the breast and up and over through the middle every night after removing the bra. If the lymph is flowing those painful spots may be minimized in the future. I have also started wearing sports bras without underwires whenever I can. The spot under my arm seemed to coincide with where the underwire hit my armpit. I think this has helped some.
Thank you to everyone who is posting their remedies here at the clinic and the proprietors as well. This site is just what I needed. I never imagined that there was something to take away my breast pain.
I happened on this site while looking for a natural remedy for heartburn which I was having after a bad week of sinusitus and taking too much ibuprofen. I first tried the cure for fibrocystic breast disease above. Well I am off of drugs for sinus problems and my emerging asthma was cured in two days by the water cure. I have had 3 to 6 sinus infections a year for the last 20 years. Antibiotics of the strongest type were not working and gave me an allergic reaction in December. I was convinced to never have a sinus infection again. I think I am now cured of my sinusitus. It is remarkable. I am doing the water cure iodine multi-vitimin 2 times a day sinus irrigation with salt/bicarbonate packets and stopped drinking cows milk in my coffee/cereal and cut down on coffee. I have not cut out all dairy, just cow milk. That is it. I have stopped taking zyrtec every day and have not suffered even though it has been one of the worst pollen seasons in memory.
To me these are two miracles as direct result of earthclinic.com and their readers and commentors. Alleviating human suffering is a wonderful calling and I am so happy to share my success in the hopes it will help someone else.
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Posted by Amy (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) on 04/28/2009
[YEA] I'm 34 and have had fibrocystic breasts for the past 3 years. The tenderness was 24/7. The pain was not excruciating, but my breasts were always tender. My gynocologist told me all woman get this and not to worry!!
I told my osteopath and he prescribed iodine/iodide in a pill form. I've been taking it for the past 6 weeks the pain is gone! Not even a twinge. I should tell you that my osteopath also precribed selenium, evening primrose oil and vitamin E to take along with the iodide/iodine. I however believe it was the iodine - I was already taking selenium/vitamin e. Whatever it was - I found the magic bullet!
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.