Castor oil therapy has been used for centuries to promote healing in the body, and more specifically to this article, the reproductive system. Castor oil packs are an excellent addition to helping Women’s Health conditions, boosting fertility, and reducing uterine congestion.
Applying a castor oil pack to the abdomen can be a game changer!
Here at Health Pointe Jacksonville we help, we help women treat abdominal scar tissue, adhesions, fibroids, ovarian cysts, blocked fallopian tubes, PID, Asherman’s Syndrome and improve fertility. Applying castor oil packs improves the blood flow needed for healing and is one of the easiest therapies along-side acupuncture to improve the health of the reproductive system and fertility.
Here are the 5 ways Castor Oil Packs can improve fertility to help you conceive faster:
Castor Oil Therapy stimulates the circulatory system. By increasing circulation, fresh oxygenated blood flows through the abdomen/pelvis and nourishes the reproductive organs – ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus – helping them to properly function. A lack of circulation to these organs prevents them from properly healing if damaged and may promote the formation of excessive scar tissue and adhesions.
Additional therapies of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can greatly optimize circulation and is a beneficial way to naturally support egg health and healthy reproductive organ function.
Boosts Immune System Function
Lymph nodes surround the reproductive organs and are home to lymphocytes (lymph cells) and lymph (fluid) that make up part of the body’s immune system. The lymphatic system continuously defends the body from disease. Application of a castor oil pack over the lower abdomen stimulates movement of the lymph through the reproductive area. The lymphatic system then goes to work to remove waste (toxins) from the area helping to cleanse the reproductive organs.
Castor oil therapy increases circulation to the liver, which stimulates liver detoxification and improves liver function. The liver removes hormones, drugs, and other biologically active molecules from the blood and it also makes 1/3 to 1/2 of all lymph. Liver health is vital to proper function of the lymphatic system. A liver that is overwhelmed due to poor diet, poor lifestyle choices, being sedentary, or exposure to xenohormones, cannot adequately function, or produce lymph as well. This may contribute to hormonal imbalance and disease. In Chinese medicine, the Liver meridian is of paramount importance in women’s reproductive health mostly through its relationship with the uterus and blood.
Reduces Inflammation & Pain
Lack of circulation, poor immune system function resulting in sluggish lymph flow or congested lymph glands and an overburdened liver can all contribute to inflammation and pain. We find it is very common with some fertility issues because inflammation is present such as ovarian cysts, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, PID, PCOS, and Asherman’s syndrome. Castor Oil packs as a home therapy can be supportive to use along-side acupuncture in a natural and holistic approach to women’s health and fertility.
Another important benefit of Castor Oil Therapy is that it may help relieve stress. As you can guess, stress has a profound impact on those dealing with infertility and reproductive health concerns. Castor Oil Therapy requires you to temporarily step away from routine, daily demands and forces you to be present with yourself and rest.
How often should you apply castor oil packs?
Apply a castor oil pack at least 3-4 times a week for an hour. When trying to conceive, do not use after ovulation.
During an IVF cycle:
DO NOT DO castor oil packs when you are in the stim phase of your IVF cycle. If you are estrogen priming, you can do castor oil packs just stop them once stims start
If NOT trying to conceive:
You may do a castor oil pack every day for 15 to 20 minutes.
How to apply a castor oil pack?
Simple Instructions for Applying a Castor Oil Pack
- Saturate a piece of cotton flannel in cold-pressed, pure castor oil
- Place it directly on the skin over the lower abdomen
- Cover it with plastic wrap
- Add gentle heat source on top – hot water bottle or heating pad
- Lie down and rest for 30-60 minutes
- Drink plenty of room temp water
For a less messy application, you can also purchase a ready made castor oil wrap online like this one
If you live in the greater Jacksonville area and are struggling with fertility, we can help! Call our office at (904) 448-0046 to schedule a consultation with our ABORM certified Fertility Specialist practitioners to see how we can help boost your fertility and help grow your family!
Medical Waiver: The office of Julee Miller AP, DOM, FABORM, Health Pointe Jacksonville Clinic and all personnel associated with the practice do not promise any results. All medical choices are that of the purchaser. If health concerns are potentially health or life-threatening, then you are to call 911 and/or report to your nearest emergency department, depending on the severity of the situation