A uterine fibroid is a benign, non-cancerous, tumor that originates from the smooth muscle layer and the accompanying connective tissue of the uterus. Fibroids are the most common benign tumors in females and are typically found during the middle and later reproductive years and for this reason there are dozens of treatments and claims of cures that exist. When seeking a cure or treatment for uterine fibroids, there are several methods that can be considered. Traditional medicinal treatments such as a hysterectomy are common, while other methods like holistic herbal treatments and faith healing exercises like prayer and meditation are less common but increasing utilized when dealing with illness.
As a Muslim, obtrusive medical treatments like surgery are usually considered only as a last resort or in the event of life threatening symptoms, but unfortunately, effective holistic and faith healing treatments are not widely known or tested. Faith healing, defined as a method of treating diseases by prayer and exercise of faith in God, has been known to ease pain and reduce many symptoms of sickness. An Islamic version of faith healing, known as Ruqyah or recitation of the Qur’an as a means of healing sickness and other problems, is another method that has been used for many years and that can be used to treat uterine fibroids. The reading and recitation of Surah Al Fatihah, Chapter 1 and Surah Yasin, Chapter 36 of the Holy Qur’an for seven consecutive days is one such treatment.
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, eighty percent of African-American women will develop benign uterine fibroid tumors by their late 40s and are three times more likely to get fibroids than Caucasian women.
Research has not proven why fibroids are more common in African American women but there are some speculations. National surveys show that black women consume fewer servings of dairy than white women and have lower intake of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus and the Boston University School of Medicine researchers found that increased dairy intake in African American woman decreases their risk of fibroids. Additionally, research evidence has demonstrated that women with a family history of fibroids are twice more likely to develop fibroids than women with no family history- thus perpetuating the cycle of fibroid prevalence in African Americans. However, although there is much speculation much more research must be done to determine why fibroid prevalence is higher in African American women.
A healthy balanced diet that consists of certain micro-nutrients, whole foods and alkaline forming foods can help reduce insulin resistance, strengthen your immune system, enhance toxic elimination and help to eliminate and prevent uterine fibroids. A great book and resource for beginning a holistic treatment for uterine fibroids is titled Fibroids Miracle and written by Amanda Leto. She also has a website at: www.fibroidsmiracle.com.
Some herbs and foods that are helpful in the reduction of many symptoms linked to uterine fibroids are:
The Center for Uterine Fibroids which is associated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston MA and is currently recruiting volunteers for an investigation of all aspects of the pathology of fibroids and development of treatment options. This institution also has a lot of clinical trials focused on African American women. The focus of one study is the search for a specific gene associated with the development of fibroids. Since one risk factor for uterine fibroids is having a family history of fibroids, the results of this study will provide some answers on the heredity of the illness.
For more information on the treatments and included in this article, visit the websites below:
Quran Healing Qur’an Recitation and Prayers
The Power of Qur’an
Faith Healing on Wikipedia
Faith Healing: American Cancer Society