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Unread 03-08-2004, 10:42 AM
Anyone tried castor oil?

Hi everyone,

My doctor suggested me try a castor oil pack. The only place in Boulder you can get the kit is at Pharmaca. It comes with a bottle of castor oil and a piece of flannel I think. It's supposed to sooth the intestines. You soak the flannel cloth in the oil, then put it over your tummy, then you put a plastic bag over that and then a heating pad or hot water bottle on top of it. I read it works great for menstual cramps too not that any of us have to worry about that. But I might give it a shot. Anyone tried this before?
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Unread 03-08-2004, 11:33 AM
Anyone tried castor oil?

I haven't tried them, but I know Christiane Northrup recommends them in many of her books (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, for example). I know I've also seen them in a lot of herbalist books. Why is the doc suggesting them?
Unread 03-08-2004, 12:37 PM
Anyone tried castor oil?

Because of my chronic bowel and abdominal pain. She said it might relax and loosen things up in there. I'm still having this chronic pain in my lower left quadrant.
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Unread 03-08-2004, 12:58 PM
Anyone tried castor oil?

I haven't tried the castor oil packs on the abdomen, though I do use them on the breast fibroadenoma that were found on my mammogram in January. My acupuncturist recommended trying it. I didn't buy a kit, just a bottle of castor oil, then I cut up an old flannel pillowcase. The castor oil smells a bit, but I add a couple drops of lavender essential oil and it sort of helps.

I read your other post about the abdominal pain you've been having. While I didn't have the severe pain you are experiencing, my abdomen was extremely tender for months. My oncologist told me that chemo slows the healing process, and that even without chemo, it takes a year to recover from a hysterectomy.

I did use hot packs on my abdomen which helped a lot. I didn't use a heating pad - acupuncturists frown on that as they feel the electric current has a negative effect. I used one that is heated in the microwave. If you can't find one, stuffing an old pillowcase with rice works just as well.

I certainly think the castor oil packs can't hurt. At the very least, the warmth is quite soothing. In fact, I still use a warm pack several times a week. My acupuncturist feels it aids the digestive tract. I also take the digestive enzymes, and they help too.

I hope the warm packs bring you some relief and that you feel better soon.

Unread 03-08-2004, 03:53 PM
Anyone tried castor oil?

My goodness... You really do learn something new everyday!! I never knew any of this stuff.

Thanks for sharing.
Unread 03-08-2004, 07:42 PM
Anyone tried castor oil?

I shopped this question around to my friends, and several told me they used castor oil packs with good results for abdominal pain. However, just like moonflower, they used a piece of flannel and the castor oil--no need to spend a lot on a "kit". Again, I suggest checking out the Northrup book for a good description of how to use a castor oil pack.

Hope it brings you relief.
Unread 03-09-2004, 05:38 PM
Anyone tried castor oil?

Hi all,

Today, my acupuncturist said castor oil with flannel also helps slow down formation of adhesions after abdominal surgery!

Second chemo today. I just got home. I'm exhausted but not nauseated yet!
Unread 03-09-2004, 07:58 PM
Anyone tried castor oil?

Can anyone speculate as to HOW castor oil does all this? I wish I'd known about the adhesions--I will definitely keep it in mind for my next surgery.
Unread 03-09-2004, 09:08 PM
Anyone tried castor oil?

All I know is that castor oil is an ancient remedy and was used in China, India and Egypt. In Rome it was known as Palma Christi (Palm of Christ). Edgar Cayce mentions in many of his readings.

How it actually works - I'm not totally sure. My acupuncturist told me she has seen amazing results when it is used for breast fibroadenoma. (Keep in mind this is the topical application, not internal. It is supposed to taste horrible!) She did say it seems to have the ability to draw toxins from the body and stimulate healing. I can ask her more when I see her next week.
Unread 03-09-2004, 09:10 PM
Anyone tried castor oil?

Another healthcare worker told me you could also use vitamin E oil as well as castor oil because it soaks through the skin and prevents scar tissue. I will also ask my acupuncturist more about this when I go next week. I'm going to look it up on the internet and see if I can find more info.

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