Polyps are abnormal growths of tissue that very often are connected to the tissue surface by means of a peduncle or stalk. These may be found in a number of organs. Most commonly these have been reported in: Nose, colon and uterus. Mostly, polyps are benign to the tissue of origin by a potential to turn cancerous/ malignant and spread to other organs is possible.
People who are more likely to suffer from nasal polyps are those who suffer from Chronic / seasonal allergies, Asthma, chronic sinusitis etc. Nasal polyps may grow large enough to cause blockage of the nasal airways and pose as a major problem. They are found near paranasal sinuses. These are diagnosed by a nasal endoscope. Medicines used in management of nasal polyps include: nasal sprays containing corticosteroids, tapered course of oral cortico steroids. The root causes like: allergies and respiratory inflammation also need to be treated with drugs like anti histaminic and anti inflammatory, in order to prevent recurrence of nasal polyps. Surgically, these can be removed with a nasal endoscope. If you would like to supplement your treatment with a natural cure, try sipping on warm milk containing turmeric before you go to bed. Turmeric is a natural antioxidant and anti inflammatory. Using tea tree oil as a nasal drop twice a day has been found to help with shrinking nasal polyps.
These develop in women after they have reached their middle age, around 40 years and very often after menopause/ end of menstrual cycle. These may or may not cause any symptom or discomfort and are mostly non cancerous. If symptoms exist, they might be in form of irregular menstrual bleeding, pain in lower abdomen and pressure sensation in lower abdomen.
Uterine polyps are removed by curettage, surgically. Medically, oral contraceptives / estrogen decreasing drugs and anti progestin drugs have been found to benefit in fibroids/polyps.
Certain types of naturopathic treatments, acupuncture and meditation are found to be a useful supplement in treating uterine polyps.
These also are mostly non cancerous and occur in women in their 20s, very often after they have delivered a baby. They might lead to heavy menstrual bleeding. These can be removed surgically with the help of specially designed forceps, tying at the base to cut off the feeding blood supply or by twisting the polyp at the base. Larger polyps might need a full, fledged surgery under anaesthesia. The prognosis is very good.
These develop as benign but have a higher incidence to develop into cancerous lesions so, screening at the correct time is of much importance if, you experience one or more of these symptoms, chronically: Diarrhea, blood stained stools, abdominal discomfort, constipation. These have found to have positive family histories, too. Other risk factors of colonic polyps include: Smoking, lethargy, alcoholism and obesity. These are diagnosed and treated by colonoscopy. Apart from this, reduce animal fat intake and consume foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Take isabgol regularly to reduce constipation. Increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables. Ask your doctor regarding Vitamin D supplements.
These develop on the lining of stomach mucosa and are initially benign but have a potential to turn malignant. Screening is important in case of chronic symptoms of stomach ache, vomiting, nausea etc.
Prevention of Polyps: Lifestyle And Dietary Changes
- Change your dietary habits. Rely mostly on fresh, raw foods and avoid junk foods , packaged foods and sugary beverages as far as possible. Citrus fruits like Oranges and Berries have been especially found to be helpful.
- Exercise regularly. To do the least, go for walks or jogging 30 minutes each day on most days of a week.
- Cut down on alcohol, caffeine and smoking.
- Eat food rich in fibres and drink plenty of water to cleanse your system internally..
- Drink green tea ion a daily basis.
- You may take regular sauna steam sessions to flush out toxins via skin.