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 . Some physicians have begun to use evening primrose oil, as well. These treatments are more likely to be successful in cases that involve pain but no cysts. Even so, the response to therapy is slow, often requiring over 6 months for full results.

You may try the Traditions of Tao “Passages Plus” herbal formula to help balance your pre-menstrual hormone level. Of Course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.

If these natural methods don’t work, physicians may prescribe various hormone or hormone-like medications. As always, discuss all possibilities with your physician first.

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