Cyclic mastalgia is breast pain that is linked to menstruation. Pain may be mild to severe.
It is treated with medicine and changes in lifestyle habits. Some women turn to natural therapies to further ease pain.
May Be Effective
These herbs and supplements may help ease breast pain:
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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:
Herbs and Supplements
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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 5/28/2020
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