Category Archives: Mastitis

Natural treatment for breast pain?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you recommend natural treatments to alleviate the breast pain that I experience before my period? A: Evening primrose oil has been found to reduce the pain and discomfort of symptoms associated with PMS. Studies have shown that ginkgo can significantly relieve major symptoms of PMS, especially breast pain. Ginkgo is…

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Treat cyclic mastalgia with evening primrose?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have heard that evening primrose oil can help with cyclic mastalgia. Will it help me? A: European physicians commonly use evening primrose oil to treat cyclic mastalgia, and the practice has come to be popular among some physicians in the United States as well. Evening primrose contains relatively high concentrations…

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How is mastitis treated?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have incredibly sore breasts before my period. How is this mastitis treated? A: Conventional treatment of cyclic mastalgia has incorporated many staples of alternative medicine. After screening carefully for breast cancer, physicians typically recommend reducing animal fats, avoiding chocolate and caffeine, and supplementing with vitamin E and vitamin B6 ….

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What is mastitis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What exactly is mastitis? Does it include the breast tenderness I experience before my period? A: Some women’s breasts are unusually tender and lumpy, with symptoms of pain and dull heaviness that vary with the menstrual cycle. This condition is called cyclic mastalgia or mastitis and is often associated with premenstrual…

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