Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Fibrocystic disease of the breast is considered by traditional medicine to stem from endocrine imbalance.  Fibrocystic breast disease magnifies during normal cyclic responses and as such most attention toward treatment tends to be directed away from the ill effects of the Standard American Diet.  Additionally, the fibrocystic breast accounts for one half of all breast surgeries.

Clinically, I find elevated prolactin levels and estrogen dominance as well as breast tenderness especially around menses.  Mammogram will usually confirm the palpation findings consistent with cysts.  Further, this condition is an estrogen dominant and treatment usually involves multi prong approach designed to decrease fatty storage of estrogen.  This includes detoxification processes of the liver and maintaining an appropriate body fat ratio.  Supplementation is often used as well as increasing the amount of fiber in the diet.  I like to run nutrient evaluation test to determine the appropriate supplementation but will often involve lipotropic factors that support the liver.  Other common nutrients include B-complex, vitamin E.  Other appropriate tests that I may request would be a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA).  This is performed to assess the function of the bowel to make sure the environment is good there for adequate nutrition absorption and assimilation.

One of the mainstays of treatment includes elimination of methylxanthines (caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline) form the diet.  When these are present an overproduction of cellular material such as fibrous and cystic fluid.  It is important to eliminate all estrogen such as birth control pills and red meats.

There are Homeopathic and Acupuncture treatments that are quite effective as well that can be done in our office.

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Jeffrey Gappa, D.C., DABCI, AP-C