Fibroadenoma or breast lump

Finding a lump in the breast can be quite stressful for a female. The first thought that crosses the mind is that it might be breast cancer. Here it is important to understand that a lump is not necessarily cancer. It may or may not be cancer. Here we are going to deal with those breast lumps that are non-cancerous. The most common breast lump found in premenopausal females is a fibroadenoma.

What is a Fibroadenoma of the breast?

A fibroadenoma of the breast is a breast tumor or a breast lump that is benign. When we say it is benign, it means it is non-cancerous. Therefore, one should not be too panicky about the problem. It is quite common to find such fibroadenomas in women under 30.

What causes Fibroadenoma?

It is not very clear to medical science what exactly causes a fibroadenoma. A strong possibility is that it may be due to sensitivity to oestrogen hormone. The hormonal cause theory is supported by the fact that these lumps increase during pregnancy and shrink in size after menopause. Taking oral contraceptives below the age of 20 has also been seen to have increased the incidence of fibroadenomas.

How does a fibroadenoma breast lump feel like?

The breast lumps that are fibroadenomas in nature may vary in size. Some are too small to even be noticeable. If the lump is big enough to be felt, it is likely to have a distinct feel from the surrounding tissue. It will have clearly defined edges and a discernible shape. The lump is moveable under the skin. It may feel like a marble or have a rubbery feel. In most of the cases, it is painless.

What are the symptoms of a fibroadenoma of the breast?

In most of the cases, the fibroadenomas are single in number. As mentioned earlier, they may have a rubbery feel and are moveable under the skin. They feel firm and are mostly painless. In some cases, they become tender or painful to touch before menses. This tenderness is relieved after the menses.

Diagnosing a breast fibroadenoma

There are three assessments that are done to diagnose a breast fibroadenomas known as the ‘Triple Assessment’. The Triple Assessment is as follows-
• A breast examination
• An ultrasound scan or a Mammography. In some cases, both may be done.
• FNAC or a Biopsy
In younger females, a breast examination and the clinical presentation may be enough to diagnose that the lump is benign. In older females, a mammography may be required. In case, there is still some doubt, a FNAC or a biopsy may be required.

Treatment of fibroadenoma of breast

The conventional treatment of a fibroadenoma is to remove it surgically. There are no medicines available in the allopathic system of medicine that can dissolve the breast lump. Under such circumstances patients are forced to choose the surgical option. The main disadvantage of this surgical option is that it does not prevent recurrence of the breast lump at a new place. Let us say the patient got a lump removed from the upper outer quadrant of the left breast, a new lump may appear in the right breast sooner or later.

Homeopathic treatment of breast fibroadenomas or breast lumps

Homeopathic treatment for fibroadenomas or breast lumps is much better than the surgical option. Homeopathic medicines not only dissolve the prevalent lump but also help in preventing its recurrence. This is the biggest advantage of homeopathy over the surgical option.

5 best Homeopathic medicines for fibroadenoma of breast

Given below are the names of the 5 best homeopathic medicines for fibroadenomas as I have found them in my experience. I have treated hundreds of cases in the last 2 decades and I have shortlisted these medicines based on my own personal experience.

A brief description of the symptoms of these 5 best Homeopathic medicines for breast tumors or fibroadenomas is being given below-

Bellis Perennis – Best Homeopathic medicine for fibroadenoma of breast due to injury

Bellis perennis is one of the best homeopathic medicines for breast tumors or fibroadenomas when there is a history of an injury or concussion. Breasts seem engorged or swollen.

Carbo-animalis- Best Homeopathic medicine for fibroadenomas with burning pain

When there is burning pain in the breast tumors, Carbo-animalis is one of the best homeopathic medicines for fibroadenomas of the breast. In some cases, the pain may even be described as darting pain. The tumors are more likely to be in the right breast although it works quite well on cases of the left side as well.

Conium – Best Homeopathic medicine for breast tumors that are hard.

Conium is one of the best homeopathic medicines for breast tumors or fibroadenomas that are hard in nature. There are stitching pains in the breast and in nipples. The patient wants to press the breast hard with her hand. There is swelling in the breasts before menses.

Chimaphila- Best Homeopathic medicine for fibroadenoma in women with atrophy of breasts

In patients with atrophy of breasts, Chimaphila is one of the best homeopathic medicines for breast tumors or fibroadenomas of breast. Ironically, it is also indicated for women with large breasts. There may also be undue secretion of milk from the breasts.

Phytolacca – Best Homeopathic medicine for fibroadenoma that is painful to touch

In breast tumors that are painful to touch, Phytolacca is one of the best homeopathic medicines for fibroadenomas of the breast. The mammae are hard and sensitive to touch. There may be purple discoloration of the breast. There may be enlargement of the axillary glands too.