The only known treatment so far for uterine fibroids has been a hysterectomy. But what if other procedures were able to help shrink them over time? One recent study shows that green tea extract might be a possible treatment for this condition. As uterine fibroids affect nearly 40 percent of reproductive-age women, they’re a common problem with an invasive solution. Green tea, on the hand, seems like a go-to solution for a medical study: It’s been studied for its cancer and high blood pressure-reducing properties, as well as its effect on weight loss patients. As extract or tea in high amounts have had an effect in reducing susceptibility to cancer, why not try it with a condition that is more common than most types of cancer?
From information in a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the extract can kill human leiomyoma cells in tissue cultures of uterine fibroids. The extract of green tea also has the ability to eradicate fibroid lesions in lab animals. In test tube studies done on both mice and rodent cells treated with epigallocatechin gallate(EGCG), the fibroid tissue slowed and grew smaller from the amount of EGCG.
In one study, 20 mice were injected with fibroid cells. Out of that amount, ten were given EGCG in their water, while the other ten were given ordinary water. The mice were observed for eight weeks and, by week four, the fibroid growths on the mice were smaller. Isolating the rodent fibroid cells in a test tube, those treated with EGCG grew slower and were smaller after 48 to 72 hours.
What does this mean to those suffering from uterine fibroids? At the moment, green tea extract may be a possibility for future uterine fibroid treatments, but, at the moment, it’s still in the early stages of experimentation.