Nodules are small cysts that form on the thyroid gland, in breasts, in the joints or on vocal cords, as well as in other areas. Often benign, these small fluid-filled sacs can be unsightly and uncomfortable. While surgery or drugs may be required for malignant nodules, it's possible to reduce or dissolve some nodules through more natural means. All you need to do, according to many natural-remedy proponents, is decrease phlegm and unhealthy chemicals that cause the formation of nodules in the first place.
Cut out parts of your diet that contribute to poor health and the formation of nodules. Greasy and fatty foods should be avoided; they contribute to the production of phlegm, which can accumulate anywhere in the body and form nodules, according to Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Oregon. Avoid heavy consumption of alcohol, caffeine or any unnecessary drugs. Avoiding caffeine is especially recommended if you have breast nodules.
Increase the amount of citrus fruit that you take in. Lemons, limes, oranges and other sources of citrus and vitamin C help reduce nodules and help maintain optimal health. Additional servings (at least one more than the daily recommended amount) can be in juice form if you don't want to eat the whole fruit.
If you have nodules in the thyroid area, increase iodine intake. Iodine is found in foods like kelp, low-fat yogurt and 2-percent cow's milk; smaller amounts are found in eggs and strawberries. Iodine keeps the thyroid in check, helps it function properly and aids in dissolving nodules over time.
Take a daily herbal supplement that's targeted specifically at reducing and eliminating nodules. Herbal medications, such as "Dissolve" from People Healer, use natural ingredients to target nodules and help them dissolve. Follow all instructions when taking an herbal supplement for maximum results.
Avoid any behavior that aggravates the nodules. Nodules forming near joints may be affected by heavy use of that joint, causing swelling and pain. Nodules on the vocal cords will only be made worse by screaming, loud singing or long periods of speaking.
Incorporate exercise into your routine. Exercise isn't targeted specifically at eliminating nodules, but it helps your body repair itself and keep on track, so it will help in a general way, especially in burning fat and keeping all systems operating smoothly. Avoid stress as much as possible. Stress and emotionally negative states can only make nodules worse.
Always consult a health professional when you have nodules of any kind. You need to be sure that the nodules aren't cancerous, and discuss a possible treatment plan.
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