Even though there is little research to show the effectiveness of these self-care remedies, some may be worth a try:. Vitamins and dietary supplements may lessen breast pain symptoms and severity for some women. Ask your doctor if one of these might help you — and ask about doses and any possible side effects:. Vitamin E.
Vitamin E and evening primrose oil for management of cyclical mastalgia: a randomized pilot study.
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Home Home Remedies. English settlers took evening primrose back to the British Isles, where its roots were eaten as a food and its seeds used in place of poppy seeds. Today, herbalists and medical researchers focus their attention on evening primrose oil EPO. However, EPO research has not been unanimously positive; some studies have found little benefit, leading researchers to speculate that it may work better for some people than for others.
In laboratory tests it not only suppressed an important breast cancer gene but also amplified the effects of a drug used in advanced stages of the disease. But new findings suggest one of its active ingredients may also combat some of the most serious cases of breast cancer. A compound in evening primrose oil called gamma-linolenic acid GLA was found to inhibit the action of a gene responsible for about 30 per cent of breast cancers. It also caused a 30 to fold increase in the response of breast cancer cells to Herceptin, a drug given to women once the disease has metastasised, or spread to other parts of the body. Research leader Professor Ruth Lupu, from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, said: "In our tests, treating the cancer cell lines with both GLA and Herceptin led to a synergistic increase in apoptosis and reduced cancer growth.