has anyone used them, and if so, what results did you get, if any? how did you feel? how long did you use them for?
i have decided to try this because i have some longstanding blood stagnation / blood stasis (this is my chinese medicine diagnosis). from a western standpoint, i probably have some amount of endometriosis, or something like fibroids. but i refuse to have exploratory surgery just to confirm this. i am confident in natural medicine and TCM. anyhow. with that said, i have had severe menstrual cramps and a lot of clotting for years now. i am finally getting some relief from chinese herbs and acupuncture; my last period was the "best" one i have had, bright red blood, no clots, much less pain. but i want to get to the bottom of this, so i felt that the castor oil packs might help me on this journey.
last night was my second night of applying a castor oil pack to my lower abdomen. i soaked a piece of felt with castor oil, applied it to my abdomen, put plastic over the cloth and then a heat pad on top. i kept it on about 40 minutes as i did meditation. i am skipping tonight, then going to do another two nights. we'll see after that. i'll probably do a few more before ovulation and then stop, as we are currently trying to conceive.
so the reason i posted this is that everywhere you read about this online, it seems like hearsay and very little actual evidence or studies. a few reports here and there of it being effective. i believe that it can be, it makes sense because of what the castor bean is. but i would love to hear first hand accounts from anyone who has tried this! i certainly plan to share my experience when its all said and done.
"do not abandon what you know to be certain within yourself
for something heard from other people which you doubt."