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  • Annie Vedeler, L.Ac, Fertility Acupuncturist

Enhancing Fertility With Castor Oil Packs

Updated: Aug 25

If you are searching for help with infertility, you have probably heard of castor oil packs used in the healing of the reproductive organs. The liver is the organ that is specifically charged with detoxifying hormones like excess estrogen. Many of the conditions associated with infertility involve excess estrogen and are known as estrogen dominant conditions, like endometriosis and PCOS. Over time the liver whose job it is to detox, can get overwhelmed with all of the chemicals and hormones and can get sluggish causing toxic estrogens to keep re-circulating in our blood stream leading to impaired reproductive health. So, what can we do about it?


One of the ways to help this is through the use of castor oil packs. We offer this as an in-clinic service added to the acupuncture treatment and we provide instructions on how to do this at home too as frequency is important. A fertility meditation is played during the session to deeply relax patients while they receive acupuncture and the castor oil pack on their lower abdomen. Afterwards, I demonstrate how to do femoral massage at home to encourage more nutrient-rich blood flow to the reproductive organs. Castor oil packs are only done during the follicular phase, after menstruation and up to ovulation. Please do not do a castor oil pack during menstruation or if you think you might be pregnant.


During the follicular phase, this becomes a very relaxing, healing ritual. It teaches us to slow down, breathe and to listen to our bodies. When given the right, gentle support to detox without harsh diets or cleanses, our bodies respond beautifully. We feel calm, relaxed, and receptive, and this allows the path to pregnancy to open naturally.


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