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End of Endo, Castor Oil Packs Aid to Healing
January 26, 2005
Welcome once again to End of Endo - the newsletter which aims to provide advice, support and practical advice which all add up to aid your healing of Endometriosis.
Castor oil has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, both internally and externally. It has been used to treat everything from colitis and peptic ulcers to arthritis and female problems from back pain to fibroids, and PMS.
Preliminary research at the George Washington School of Medicine in the US has shown that castor oil packs are likely to improve the function of the immune system. They are an excellent treatment for endometriosis, not only to alleviate discomfort but to speed recovery.
The castor oil pack is a simple procedure, yet it can produce wonderful results. They were widely used by Edgar Cayce, the American psychic, to heal many different ailments including digestive problems, Hodgkin’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, pelvic cellulitis, and kidney problems.
Castor oil is a natural plant oil obtained from the seed of the castor plant. The castor seed, or bean, is the source of numerous economically important products as one of the world's most important industrial oils, and was one of the earliest commercial products. Castor beans have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 4000 B.C. The oil from the bean was used thousands of years ago in facial oils and in wick lamps for lighting.
Castor oil has been used medicinally in the United States since the days of the pioneers. Traveling medicine men in the late 1800s peddled castor oil, often mixed with as much as 40% alcohol, as a heroic cure for everything from constipation to heartburn. It was also used to induce labor. At the present time, castor oil is used internally as a laxative and externally as a castor oil pack or poultice.
Edgar Cayce suggested that castor oil packs can strengthen the Payer’s Patches, which are tiny patches of lymphatic tissue in the mucosal surface of the small intestine. According to Cayce, the Payer’s Patches produce substances which react with the nervous system when it reaches those areas via the blood-stream. Although the Payer’s Patches were discovered in 1677, it is only recently that medical science has begun to recognise them as constituents of the body’s immune system.
In his book ‘The Oil That Heals’, William A. McGarey, MD, presents information from the Edgar Cayce readings, plus his own clinical experience with castor oil therapy. Castor oil, known for its emollient and lubricating properties, is unique in that ricinoleic acid, an unsaturated hydroxy fatty acid, makes up 90% of its composition.
As mentioned earlier, Cayce indicated that castor oil packs help rebuild and increase the effectiveness of the Peyer's patches, and also the lymphoid tissue on the mucous membrane of the small intestine. Dr. McGarey found that castor oil packs do appear to boost the immune system. He reports that total lymphocyte count and T-pan lymphocyte count (T-11 cells) - immune system components to you and me - increased significantly in the group of patients using castor oil packs. He hypothesizes that the packs also enhance lymphatic drainage, removing waste products from tissue - an aid to a detox program.
Cayce also indicated that castor oil packs over the abdomen and liver enhance liver function, stimulate the gallbladder, increase elimination, and promotes relaxation. ‘The Oil That Heals’ contains case studies of patients with a range of illnesses, including those involving the female generative system, the lower bowel, upper digestive tract, liver, gall bladder, headaches and tension syndromes, and local infections.
A double-blind study, described by Harvey Grady, in a report entitled ‘Immunomodulation through Castor Oil Packs’ published in a recent issue of the ‘Journal of Naturopathic Medicine’, examined lymphocyte values of 36 healthy subjects before and after topical castor oil application. This study identified castor oil as an anti-toxin, and as having impact on the lymphatic system, enhancing immunological function.
The study found that castor oil pack therapy of a minimum two hour duration produced an increase in the number of T-11 cells within a 24 hour period following treatment. This T-11 cell increase represents a general boost in the body’s defense status, since, lymphocytes actively defend the health of the body by forming antibodies against pathogens and toxins. T-cells identify and kill viruses, fungi, bacteria and cancer cells.
So castor oil packs have a lot going for them to help endometriosis sufferers. They boost the body’s defense system; this will in turn boost and support a depleted immune system that is associated with endometriosis. Castor oil packs also help with pain, inflammation and swelling, as well as the detox process.
To do a castor oil pack treatment you will need:
This does sound like a fiddly process, but once you have done it a few times it becomes more straight forward. Always buy the best quality castor oil for this treatment. Try to aim to do 2 to 3 sessions of treatment on consecutive nights and then rest for a few nights. You can keep up this regime for about 3 months and then taper off to about one session a week.
It is advised not to do a castor oil pack when you are menstruating, or if you are pregnant.
You will find a lot of advice on the internet how to use Castor Oil packs but there is not much advice available about how and why they work. As I mentioned earlier, research is still on-going to find out more about the benefits of Castor Oil Packs and how they work.
My advice is to try it. It is not expensive to use - I purchased a 100 ml bottle of Castor Oil for about $3 US (£1.50 UK). Do not expect results immediately, you will need to use the packs for a few weeks to start noticing any real benefit.
As the immune system is seriously depleted in most women with endometriosis then using Castor Oil Packs is another tool in your arsenal to aid your healing, without breaking the bank. And do not forget that the benefits also include the reduction of inflammation and reduction in pain. All vital benefits for women and girls with this disease.
Until next time.
Yours with healing thoughts
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