Sore breasts, tender breasts - Alternative remedies
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Remedies for Menopausal Symptoms

The Menopause Self Help Book by Susan M. Lark, M.D.,
The Wild Rose Scientific Herbal by Terry Willard, Ph.D.,
Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed
are drawn heavily upon for this segment. All references are provided here.


Water retention is often associated with breast tenderness. Further discomfort may come in the form of benign lumps, which enlarge as the time of menses approaches and shrink following menses. This type of discomfort may increase in menopausal years, or conversely may diminish, bringing relief from chronically tender nipples and breasts.31

Progesterone: In his practice of over 25 years, Dr. John Lee found that in many of his patients fibrocystic breasts were most often a sign of relatively high estrogen and low progesterone levels. He also found that "using natural progesterone routinely resolves the problem." He also found that 600 IU of vitamin E at bedtime, as well as 300 mg of magnesium and 50 mg of vitamin B6 a day routinely resolved fibrocystic breasts. He says "once the cysts have cleared up, you can reduce the progesterone dose to find the smallest dose that is still effective each month and continue the treatment as needed through menopause. This treatment is simple, safe, inexpensive, successful and natural."

Herbs: Susun Weed suggests that sore breasts are often associated with water retention and may be helped by tincture of black cohosh (10-20 drops), vitex (20-40 drops) and liferoot (5-10 drops) twice a day for 2 weeks preceding menstruation. Also, chewing on a dong quai root for two weeks preceding menstruation may help.

St. John’s Wort oil: For most people, topical application penetrates nerve endings and relieves pain.31

Calcium and magnesium levels may be low when women experience sore breasts. Women who consume at least 1,300 mg of calcium daily from dietary sources (or who consume calcium supplements balanced with magnesium) often have less breast tenderness. It is generally recommended that a postmenopausal woman consume at least 1,500 mg of calcium. While both magnesium and phosphorus work together with calcium in the body, too much of either interferes with calcium, and a 2:1 ratio of calcium:magnesium is considered desirable. Also, the addition of a vitamin B complex is believed to help sore breasts.31

Elimination of caffeine-rich foods such as coffee, colas, and black tea may reduce breast tenderness.31

Meditating and visualization in conjunction with relaxing breathing techniques may help sore breasts.31


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