Nodular mastitis is relatively common before a period is due. Mastitis is a harmless condition, but uncomfortable and often worrying. The lumpy, tender feeling in the breasts is caused by hormonal activity.

Chinese Medicine treatment can be helpful in particularly troublesome cases. Mastitis is seen by Chinese Medicine as the result of stagnation of the qi and the blood. The blood must be moved and the heat and poison expelled from the body. A Chinese Medicine practitioner will prescribe Madder root, burred tuber of costas root, peony bark, dandelion, snake gourd seed or Chinese gentian. A homemade concoction applied externally will ease the discomfort and hasten healing. This is made with powdered dried rhubarb root (which can be brought from the Chinese herbal clinic) mixed with olive oil.

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