Herbal tea and Castor oil pack remedy?
(New York, NY, USA)
Hi, I am 36 years old female, who had pretty severe history of endometriosis.
I was diagnosed back in April 2006, had myomectomy to remove 1 fibroid and 1 endometriosis, both in size 12cm. Then fall 2007 to March 2008, I had 3 very severe pain and breathing complication due to endometriosis and Ovairan Abscess and was taken to ER. Finally on March 2008 I had another surgery by Laparoscopy and my left tube was removed.
I think this all came from the stress from an unhappy marriage and bitter divorce, relocating myself and other personal problems all at the same time. Since then I have met a wonderful man and we are now trying to get pregnant. We tried IVF back in Feb 2009,
I was pregnant but I lost in the very early stage. Now, I started doing yoga (Hatha), Castor Oil pack and herbal teas (I mix myself of chaste tree berry, Dong Quai, Burdock, Dandelion and other herbs). I will start my IVF cycle again from March 24th 2010 and I just started all these except yoga, so I am not sure if it's too late to start. I guess my question is if I am doing things correctly and effectively? I do Yoga 5 times a week, Castor oil 6 days a week and tea every day for 2-3 cups. Please let me know if I am doing something wrong or any other suggestions
I should do.
I really want this IVF cycle to work and I feel great about it so far.
Just for more info, I have new 2 endometriosis on the right side of ovary, in 2 and 3cm each.
Thank you very much!Answer:
You have done a great job on preparing for your in vitro cycle.
During your in IVF cycle it is best not to take any
herbal remedies because you will be under the influence of drugs that literally manipulate your hormonal system and the effect of the herbs will be overpowered.
Also avoid castor oil packs because they can affect the embryo transfer.
Yoga will have a great positive effect on your parasympathetic nervous system and it will definitely help you release all the negative emotions and fears that you have accumulated in your body as a result of your life events. Talk to your doctor about doing any physical exercise during IVF. If he/she says that it is Ok, just do very gentle relaxation Yoga. It is really important to really relax during this time. If you can, follow a meditation program as well.
What I would recommend is to eat fertility foods, foods that will help your eggs be strong and healthy. These are: maca, royal jelly (make sure you are not allergic to bee products), gonji juice, and wheat grass.
Also it would help taking anti oxidants like CoQ10, L-arginine, vitamin C, natural vitamin E, Zinc, and beta carotene (better from freshly squeezed carrots). Learn how to make a fertility smoothie
and drink one each morning during your entire IVF treatment.
Avoid soy products, peas, dairy, too much meat, and wheat from your diet. Fertility Acupuncture
at this time can help you relax and aid in the process of implantation.
If you feel stressed out over this process (I can sense that you are), a great Bach Flower Remedy is Rescue Remedy. This remedy can be taken before a doctor's appointments, testing, IVF procedures, etc. The recommended dose is 4 drops 4 times a day to help you relax and give you mental and emotional support while you go your in vitro cycle. Read more about Bach Flower Therapy
Maria Gioia Atzori,
BSc Hons, MS, DSHomMed Hons, DWH Hom