Ours are times in which estrogen dominates and rules, inducing chaos by disrupting hormonal pathways, thought processes, and mood platforms. Estrogen, per se, is not a bad hormone of course because our body produces it, but I see quite few women suffering from ruptured cysts or going unnecessary surgery to remove them, and the cause? Estrogen levels simply being high in relation to other hormones.
Maya abdominal massage is highly effective in re-establishing the proper endocrine balance. Because improving the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid to the pelvis helps eliminate ovarian cysts, it is always the base treatment in my practice; but I also would like to add some info on food therapy, herbal therapy and homeopathic therapy specific to ovarian cysts to complement abdominal massage in a beautifully rounded way. To offer some extra tools for women to work with at home is a way to give hope, which at times it may be all we have left.
Before getting to the fun part, and because knowledge is power, I am inserting a page or two from the Womancare book on ovarian cysts, so that you can be informed on the medical aspect of it, and hopefully not allow yourself to be talked into surgery, as too often this seems to be the norm.
Here is a nice shot of physiology: “ There are basically two types of physiologic (or ovarian) cysts: luteum and follicle. Follicle cysts occur quite frequently, for they are really exaggerations of a normal process that occurs cyclically in the mature female. Each month a number of eggs resting inside sacs, called follicles, deep within the ovary are stimulated by hormones to develop and move toward the surface of the ovary. As they develop, specialized cells that line the interior cavity of the follicular sac secrete fluids that nourish the developing ovum, and these fluids cause the follicle to swell. Normally, only one of these swelling follicles is chosen to mature fully, reach the surface and release its egg at ovulation. Countless others don’t develop fully and disintegrate into microscopic specks of scar tissue.
Sometimes this normal process goes awry. Either the chosen follicle fails to release its egg and continues to grow larger or one or more of the competing follicles does not disintegrate and continue to swell with fluid. If either of these things happens, one or more follicular cysts are formed.
Just as follicle cysts are the result of a distortion of the process of ovulation, so luteum cysts are an irregularity in the normal course of events. After the follicle bursts, releasing its egg at ovulation, the remnants of the burst follicle become the corpus luteum, which starts producing the hormone progesterone. This hormone helps the uterus get ready for a possible pregnancy by stimulating the uterine lining to grow rich and thick, so that the egg, if fertilized, will be well nourished. If a fertilized egg does not implant in the lining of the uterus, the corpus luteum normally stops producing progesterone and disintegrates. Without the progesterone to support its growth, the rich lining begins to disintegrate and it is shed during the monthly period. In the case of a luteum cyst the corpus luteum does not disintegrate as it should but swells with fluid and persists on the surface of the ovary as a cyst. There is normally a small amount of bleeding into the corpus luteum after the follicle bursts. Sometimes this can become excessive, and the cyst fills with blood. This is called a corpus luteum hematoma. Similarly, blood may fill a follicular cyst in which case the name follicular hematoma is used.
Physiologic cysts are generally small, for the pressure of the fluid on the cyst wall prevents the further production of fluid and greater enlargement. They may produce the same symptoms as any other ovarian cyst; however, since they are usually small, they are less likely to produce severe symptoms. If, however, they grow large, there may be a dull ache on the affected side. They may affect the menstrual cycle. The luteum cyst, which affects progesterone production, is more apt to alter the menstrual cycle. The continued stimulation of the uterine lining by the progesterone may delay the period. When menstrual flow does start, the bleeding may be rather scant since much of the lining may be retained because of the effect of the progesterone. These cysts may rupture spontaneously or as a result of some physical exertion. If a follicle cyst ruptures, there is generally little pain, for the fluid that spills into the cavity is not irritating. If blood has seeped into the follicle cyst and the cyst then ruptures, there may be some discomfort but this usually passes and rarely reaches the emergency proportions that rupture of other types of ovarian cysts can cause. The luteum cyst is less prone to rupture; however, should it rupture, it is more likely to cause pain since it is more apt to contain larger amounts of blood, and blood is highly irritating to the pelvic cavity. A ruptured corpus luteum cyst can produce symptoms similar to those of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Laparoscopic exam may be the only way to distinguish between the two.”
Physicians across the line do not, as of today, agree on classification and treatment of ovarian cysts, so please consider surgery your last resort.
And now some good Food therapy!
Because too much estrogen is the common cause of cysts, a personal diet would be low in fat, and mostly fresh foods vegetarian, but don’t forget daily intake of high quality proteins from vegetable sources. Avoid fried and salty foods, red meat, caffeine, sugars, white flour products, dairy products. Include fermented foods in the diet whenever possible (miso, kombucha, sauerkrauts, etc..), and drink plenty of clear liquids plus apple or carrot juice every day. Increasing the intake of B vitamin foods is also a good idea regardless.
“Chickweed is a reliable dissolver of ovarian cysts. I prefer tincture of the fresh plant in flower, though infusion of the dried herb may be used with good results. The key is consistency: a dropperful of tincture, or a cup of infusion, taken 3-4 times a day until the cyst is gone. Very large cysts will dissolve eventually but it may require more than a year’s effort. Also Triple Goddess Tincture is a Chinese formula for women that goes back several thousand years. It is made from equal parts Maidenwort (Stellaria media), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiac) and Cronewort (Artemisia vulgaris). Each herb is harvested, and tinctured fresh when it blooms: the maiden in the spring, the mother in the summer, and the crone in the fall. To dissolve cysts, use 1-2 dropperfuls of mixed tinctures 3-4 times a day. “ Susun S. Weed
“ Apis – burning pain on the right, worse with heat
Aurum muriaticum nat. – ovarian pain extends up to scapula
Baryta carb – timid woman with a large single cyst
Calc carb – corpulent, slow, passive, cold cystic woman
Colocynth – small round cyst, violent, cramping pain
Graphites – cysts cause pain on intercourse
Kali br – left sided pain, especially during intercourse
Lachesis – pressing, stitching pain on the left, highly emotional
Lycopodium – boring pain on the right, craves sweets.” Susun S. Weed
Rules for Taking Homeopathic Remedies
• Take nothing by mouth 10-20 minutes prior to or following dosage. This includes food, drink, chewing gum, toothpaste etc.
• Limit as much as possible caffeine in any forms, such as soft drinks, coffee, or chocolate.
• No camphor, such as in muscle and joint rubs. Avoid moth ball fumes.
• No dental drilling. If dental drilling, use injectable or extra dermal application.
• Limit contact with cigarette smoke, especially menthol as much as possible.
• Avoid raw garlic, cooked is okay.
• Alcohol sensitivities: If the patient is sensitive to the alcohol, they may put the drops into a glass (3 oz) of warm water. Allow one minute for the alcohol to evaporate.
Roll a tennis ball under your heels whenever you sit down to relax. You can see in the picture the reflexology points for the gonads right in the center of the heel..
Castor oil packs
are another must in my practice and we Arvigo practitioners and herbalists around the world recommend them to reduce ovarian cysts..lots of repetition and lots of patience with this wonderful modality! Please refer to the page on my website to understand more about Castor oil..
Meditation for the Second Chakra:
Swadhisthana, sacral plexus chakra
1. Sitting: Easy Pose, making sure that your spine is straight.
2. Your arms are out to the sides with the elbows bent with the palms of the hands facing each other about shoulder width apart. The palms are angled in toward each other at a 60 degree angle. (To put the hands in the correct position, begin by holding them with the palms facing downward. Tilt the inner edge of each hand up 60 degrees so that the thumbs and forefingers are the highest part of the tilted plane of the hand.)
3. Mantra: The meditation is done to Nirinjan Kaur’s version of “Ek Ong Kar, Sat Gur Prasad.” There is no chanting but the movement of the meditation is done with the rhythm of the music.
4. Focus: The eyes are focused at the tip of the nose.
5. Meditation: From the starting position, bring the hands towards each other at the center of the body, but do not let them touch. This movement is strong and sharp, something like a clap without touching the hands. As the hands move inward, tighten the sex organ and release it as the hands move back to the starting position. For men the tightening is centered at the base of the sex organ and for women, the contraction includes the clitoris. This is not a mul bandh, the anus and Navel Point are not contracted with the sex organ.
6. Time: Begin with 11 Minutes and slowly work up to 31 Minutes.
7. To Finish: Inhale and hold the breath and tighten and tense every muscle in the body. Hold for 15 seconds and then relax. Repeat the sequence: inhaling, holding the breath, tensing the body, and exhaling 2 more times.
Detoxing and more detoxing
Our wonderful liver works non-stop for us, and it is responsible for over two hundred functions daily! Whether we want to eliminate ovarian cysts, or simply decrease the level of circulating estrogen, the liver is our main friend, let’s treat it nicely. One fundamental function is its detoxification pathway, and any disruption along this line contributes to excesses in hormones and toxins, and fat gain. A decreased ability of the liver to excrete estrogen will definitely cause a rounder belly, and not only enlarged fat cells produce more estrogen (via aromatase), but the excess estrogen that needed to be excreted by the liver in the first place can’t find a physiological exit and unfortunately reenters the circulation in a cycle that perpetuates hormonal imbalances.
There are plenty of liver detox formulas on the market, have fun scanning the shelves of your local health food store, follow your intuition and choose one plan that feels right to you. Let’s give this hard working organ a chance to rejuvenate its detoxification pathways, ideally at every change of the season!
…and finally applications of our beloved Vaginal Steams that have the unique property of clearing the energetic body in our pelvis bowl (among other magical qualities). And why do I think Vaginal Steams are so important in ovarian cysts cases? Cysts are, metaphysically speaking, energetic knots or condensed energy that have not had the chance to be released, thus the higher energy of the herbs used for the steam is a perfect match to address our body disrupted vibrancy. One of the reasons why energy in our second chakra swirls slower and causes congestion is that we don’t give our creative ideas the chance to be born. So, be sparkly, create and manifest under the sun, under the rainbow, under the moonlight! Show the world your crafty power and your uniqueness, express the joy of your imagination while luxuriating in vaginal steams and simply at any moment in between!
JOYFUL HEALING!! and remember..every improvement is a movement towards a more wholesome you . . .
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